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  1. Contract Extensions

    Not to stir the pot, but it's referenced upthread here that at least one recruit has committed elsewhere precisely because of the contract extension situation. If one kid actually said it, my guess would be that he's not completely on an island in his line of thinking. I honestly don't follow football recruiting so I would defer to your expertise on that, but I wonder if maybe basketball kids and football kids also think differently? Since (allegedly) it actually HAS cost us a recruit... Maybe it's somewhere in the middle, not as important as the coaches' narrative but still plays a factor...and in that case, I think we're up against enough obstacles in recruiting (especially if we play by the rules -- remember, the FBI stuff is still looming) that it seems unnecessary to decide not to clear one you can actually control. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  2. Let me get this straight...

    I think this might be an agree-to-disagree thing, but I do think the expected outcome is assumed differently in the two scenarios. A multi-year contract extension assumes good seasons are ahead. A one-year contract extension assumes a poor outcome unless you can prove it wrong. At the risk of getting a little too Eichorst-y, it makes a heck of a difference how you perform when someone thinks you'll succeed vs. when someone thinks you'll fail. Moos and Co. have basically said they expect Miles to fail. How do you go about proving him wrong without turning into Bo Pelini and making it an us-against-them thing? That's a pretty fine line to balance, and while it's possible, I continue to believe that creating the need for it was unnecessary. You can turn your nose up at the "goodwill" stuff, but personally, I think that's a mistake because I think the fact that we're even having this conversation means that it matters.
  3. Let me get this straight...

    Here's the thing -- I think 2018-19 is only another do-or-die year because that's what the narrative became after the season. Rewind six-ish weeks. Selection Sunday just happened and we were left out, but Bill Moos had spent the last week calling everyone in his phone to tell them how awesome Nebrasketball is. We're sitting at 22-10, which by most standards (especially in Nebraska) is a good season. We had a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament, and yes, we lost to Michigan, but so did a couple really good teams, so while that sucks, it's not like we're not in good company. And the NIT may have inexplicably just crapped on us, but it's a team we played once already to start the season and jumped out to a 20-point lead at halftime so a win isn't impossible. Let's say that, at that point, the AD announces that despite what the committee decided, this was a really good season and we believe we're heading the right direction (because dang it, everyone who ever met Bill Moos in a bar once at a Final Four has heard from him this week about how great this team is and why we deserved to be in the tourney), and so with that in mind, we're looking forward to building on this year's success and taking the next step in 2018-19 with Tim Miles, who has received a 2-year extension. Could he still fire Miles if next year goes poorly? Sure. But does it also highlight the good things about this season (I can think of at least 22 of them right off the bat...) and give us a little momentum in the offseason? Yep. Maybe we still lose in Starkville, but maybe everyone isn't so pissed off when they go, knowing that at least their administration thinks they accomplished something. Or maybe we even say this conversation and announcement all happens after Moos and Miles met the first time...probably still works out OK. Instead, we got a whole bunch of silence, a ton of rumors (some of which may or may not be true, but it plants speculation regardless), and now a pall over what could have been a pretty important offseason with a coach who now looks like a lame duck and an AD who looks like he doesn't believe in his coach. All this so he could weigh out whether to fire a guy who just got a school record for conference wins and placed 4th in the Big Ten? Wait on it a year. If we suck, call your coach of choice and offer him a boatload of money then, and we're really no worse for it. If we win, great, we've got a winner. But this do-or-die narrative was cosigned, if not created, by the administration's lack of support and decisive action at the appropriate time. The ultimatum season didn't need to happen. Maybe Shawn Eichorst painted Bill Moos into a corner, but Moos turned around and pooped in it. He (and his staff) had the opportunity to write their own narrative and this is what they chose. I think that's certainly worthy of criticism, because I think all this could have all been avoided with some competent PR, and instead, we're treated to a doom-and-gloom offseason and a pressure cooker inside PBA next year.
  4. To be clear, that's just Miles. That's not the assistants or staff, whose futures are also tied to this, and presumably that was a decent-sized factor in one person deciding that's not a secure enough future and moved on. If we think that won't play a factor in finding a suitable replacement, we're kidding ourselves.
  5. Miles extension poll

    You know, the thing I don't quite understand is the incongruity between what Moos said during the season and what he's now doing afterward. If he was out there stumping for Nebraska to make the dance, it would only make sense to behave as though he believed it was an NCAA-caliber team. If it was an NCAA-caliber team, that means Miles has had two dance-level teams in six years, and in Nebraska that isn't something to sneeze at. If you have a coach who delivers that, you extend him substantially. The fact that he hasn't, is dragging this on, and apparently has kept his coach in the dark on what he's planning, all points to him just paying lip service during the season. If he was campaigning for something he didn't actually even believe himself, why would any committee member (in basketball or any other sport with a subjective committee) take him seriously on anything else down the road? It seems to me like not only is this prolonged decision hurting the basketball program, it hurts Moos' credibility and potentially any other Nebraska sport as well. I know part of it is just how corporate-level sports work, and maybe it's just naive on my part, but I liked to think we were different than that at Nebraska (which was part of why Steve Pedersen and Shawn Eichorst were such poor fits for our culture) and this makes me think Bill Moos, at the core, is no different. Maybe I'm being overdramatic or just melancholy (it's snowing in April, give me a break) but I had hoped for better than this. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  6. Ominous Tweet Re: Roster Attrition

    Surely you mean Carhenge?
  7. What to do with Miles contract?

    Anyone else catch Nick Bahe's conversation with Jake Muhleisen on this topic last week (and subsequent discussion after the interview, including with Kevin Kugler)? I think they were spot-on. Here's the audio from that segment -- honestly, it's worth a listen. Both guys are in the boat that this ongoing NCAA-or-bust mentality isn't healthy for the program, and Jake brought up a great point that it can really screw with how someone coaches when he's constantly in an ultimatum position, especially when it comes to teaching accountability and discipline. With that kind of pressure, the coach gets forced into playing his guys a certain way, where it could be better for the locker room and team in the long run to have the freedom to make tough decisions. In fact, he used a hypothetical with James Palmer, but I'd submit that we've seen it play out already -- recall 2014, with the Deverell Biggs situation. If you put that game in 2018 instead, does Miles feel like he's able to show Biggs the door? I don't think anyone would argue that it wound up being better for the team in the long run, but at the time, it was a gamble with the talent we had available, and it very well could have gone the other way, despite being pretty clearly the right thing to do. Does he have the standing and equity to be able to make the same kind of decision now? Under the current circumstances, I'd say no, and that's to Nebraska's detriment. If you want to cut ties and try another coach, do it. But if you're going to keep him, you have to go all in, because the waffling and ultimatum-style environment isn't good for anyone.
  8. Ominous Tweet Re: Roster Attrition

    For whatever it's worth, many European leagues cover housing and other living expenses, and the actual cash is somehow tax-free (no idea how that works, just what I've been told). Not saying that it is or isn't worth going over there, and we're obviously not talking vast millions that playing for two years would set him up for life or anything like that... but guys can make a decent living for a few years in one of the better leagues that'd take care of them for another few years after they're done, if they're smart with their money. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  9. What to do with Miles contract?

    This also assumes Jacobson is willing to play the 5, which, if I'm remembering correctly, he wasn't, which led to the transfer. It's kind of irrelevant to say he'd be an upgrade at the 5 if he doesn't want to play the 5, isn't it? So if the options are to play at Nebraska behind Copeland (and, if things played out like we had anticipated at the time, Roby, since I don't recall many folks lining him up at the 5 around this time last year -- correct me if I'm wrong on that, though) and spend most of the time on the bench, or transfer to a place with more likely playing time, I understand why he'd make the decision to do that, but also wouldn't fault the coaching staff for recruiting better players at Jacobson's desired position. I think his departure ultimately hurt us more than Morrow's, from the standpoint of doing those little things, but if he was unwilling to play where we needed him, and we had at least one (and, as we thought at the time, probably two) players ahead of him on the depth chart where he wanted to be, I don't really see how things could have gone much differently. No hard feelings there, and like Dean said, I think it probably worked out the best for everyone going the way it did.
  10. Scheduling is everything

    I agree it's a big jump, but it's not enough to make up the difference between us and other bubble teams in contention. I guess that's more what I meant, like we'd have a heck of a lot more territory to cover for it to move the needle. I meant more that I agreed with you on Tacko's and Lovett's injuries (and the Big Ten being abnormally bad) being a bigger factor, because the uptick in SOS from beating UCF wasn't going to really make that much of a difference without those other things coming into play.
  11. Scheduling is everything

    This is partly right. Had we beaten UCF but lost to WV, we get St. Johns. Our SOS improves from 95 to 81. Had we beaten WV somehow, we get Missouri. Our SOS improves another four points to 77. Better...but not night and day better, and considering how WV was playing at the time and how we were too, that doesn't seem like a super safe bet. But... Let's say we scheduled Western Carolina instead of Delaware State, another low-major (Southern Conference) with a losing record. Only their RPI is 215 instead of 351. That move alone improves our SOS from 95 to 86. Leave that game off entirely and play a D2 instead, and we're at 83 -- comparable to beating UCF and likely winding up with two more losses (not that those matter in the metrics necessarily, but potentially in team confidence heading into that rough stretch). For kicks, if we drop that game AND beat UCF but lose to WV (and so get St. John's again), we're up to 67, and starting to approach an actual bubble team SOS. But that still only gives us one Quad 1 opportunity in WV...UCF and St. John's were not. Personally I think our SOS was hurt more so by Lovett and Tacko getting hurt than by losing to UCF, but it's hard to project that into actual numbers. Had we beaten UCF, that impact becomes even more amplified. The conference really killed us too, but as you pointed out, that's not the norm. But the D2-for-Delaware State swap and subsequent bump in SOS (not to mention RPI) shows how broken this stupid system is.
  12. USC Coach nails it

    The more I think about this, the real losers in the whole deal isn't us, and it isn't USC. It's: 1. Low- and mid-majors - both the players and the athletic departments 2. The pay-players crowd The field this year gives teams no reason to try to schedule low- or mid-majors, unless it's the ones who are super good at gaming the RPI system, but that's a gamble. I see the value in not scheduling several weeks of cupcakes, but if games against power opponents are all that matters and you don't know if your conference will be able to deliver those, you need to take your own initiative and schedule as many power opponents in non-conference as possible. That probably comes at the expense of at least a couple buy games against low- and mid-major teams, who rely on those games to fund their athletic department. If they're going to have to compete that much harder for those games, you've basically solidified an entire under-class of teams who now have to be willing to take less money or play on shorter rest or criss-cross the country more, so they can make themselves more attractive to their power conference funding sources. I can't imagine that'll be better for the student-athletes themselves -- which feeds even more into the narrative the pay-players crowd have been talking about (schools/NCAA using the players for money). But the real kicker is that the NCAA can't, on one hand, institute any sort of move to pay players, while on the other, reducing the ability for low- and mid-majors to do that. (Full disclosure: I don't think players should be paid, but can understand the argument, and if I did agree with it, I would be even more livid at the results of this bracket and its implications.) If they had trouble competing with P6 schools before because of money troubles, those are amplified now. If there is to remain one Division 1 "class" of NCAA basketball, the committee has now made it practically impossible to pay players because they just cut the budgets of a good 2/3 of their member institutions. If they go to a system like football, with FCS and FBS, they destroy a lot of what made March Madness so magical. But what they just created is unsustainable for the system as it stands, and makes the the argument for players to be compensated financially a much more uphill battle.
  13. Scheduling is everything

    Of course, even if we had beaten UCF, we get West Virginia. Considering how they were playing at the time (they demolished UCF) I don't think we win that. So we get another opportunity but realistically we lose that one. Then we get St. John's again, at full strength. Even if we win that, it's still not a Quad 1, and neither is UCF (despite being in Orlando, it's still a neutral site). Our SOS jumps 16 points but we add another tough loss. So unless we pulled out a miracle against WV, we're just talking about at least one more tough loss, and maybe two. Honestly, considering how it all shook out, it feels like we probably would have had to win vs KU, UCF, WV AND @Creighton to be in (which would only be 3 Q1 wins + our 1 vs Michigan...not sure how Minnesota wound up factoring in). Or beat Kansas and/or Creighton AND at least one (for bubble status, probably two to be a lock) of Mich State, Purdue, and Ohio State plus our Michigan win. Either of those situations would be tall order for anyone. Of course on the flip side we could apparently lose to our usual December cupcake and if we won those big ones, it wouldn't matter. "Winning the ones you're supposed to" is apparently not nearly as big a deal as some blue-clad ADs may have suggested. (Or maybe I'm just still bitter.) Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  14. Scheduling is everything

    One thing to keep in mind is that the non-conference schedule is set before the Big Ten releases the conference schedule. Teams have no way of knowing if they'll have a tough lineup in conference or not. Had we known what we'd get from the Big Ten, especially in the back half of the year, would we have scheduled the non-con differently? I don't know, maybe, maybe not. But had we scheduled much tougher in the non-con, and gotten a tougher slate in conference, we potentially get a repeat of last year's landmine road. If this is how NCAA selection is going to work, maybe the conference should give teams their Big Ten schedules in June (God knows we have the football schedules set from now until my hypothetical grandkids are in middle school, so figuring out a hoops schedule two months early shouldn't be too hard) so they can try to fill out the non-con accordingly. Still takes a hell of a crystal ball to figure out who may or may not be good, but at least you're not flying quite so blind as you set your non-con. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  15. Nebraska on the Selection Committee Board

    Isn't this kind of a reversal of his earlier interviews? Could have sworn he said before that strength of schedule wasn't as important as intent of schedule, and was kind of arbitrary. Not that things didn't change, or maybe that was his own system vs what the committee as a whole wound up doing, but that seems opposite of what I thought he had said earlier, unless I just made all that up. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  16. Selection Committee Games of Interest

    As the (sole?) gal here, I'd share my chunk of floating fireplace with you guys. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting the last couple months. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  17. Nebraska on the Selection Committee Board

    I can see this, but that would also require us to do something that Michigan State couldn't do either, and Purdue barely barely achieved but it didn't feel like it at all. In those games, their starters were in until the end, but we pulled ours for the last minute or so, and Michigan also had an undefended shot at the end that ballooned the margin a little more. Michigan also looked like an 8th grade girls team at the free throw line against Purdue -- had they actually made any free throws down the stretch, that score would have resembled ours a lot more too. Had we kept it within 10, the way Michigan was playing, it would have been Herculean and yes, we'd likely be in. But I don't think it hurts us all that bad, considering how everything else played out. It just would have been a nice bonus.
  18. Selection Committee Games of Interest

    Announcers in KU-OSU straight up campaigning for Oklahoma State even though their numbers are terrible ("but my eyes tell me this is a tournament team") and talking about how it's "unfair" that Florida State isn't a Quad-1 win anymore because they lost, but they were undefeated until Oklahoma State beat them. Must be nice to have your network in your corner.
  19. Selection Committee Games of Interest

    Don't we actually want Buffalo tonight? It's their conference tournament and I don't THINK they could realistically steal an at-large but wouldn't it be better not to gamble on that? Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  20. Selection Committee Games of Interest

    Officials in the BC-NC State game giving the Big Ten a run for their money. Really brutal calls (and no-calls) the last couple minutes against BC. Good night.
  21. Selection Committee Games of Interest

    The fact that a school can commit enough infractions to result in the firing of their head coach AND athletic director, and yet still be on the bubble for this year, just bothers me. If there's a fairly high likelihood any game they play in will have its result vacated -- and since Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich are no longer employed for some quite recent infractions, that seems like a safe statement to make -- it just seems extraordinarily unfair to whoever's spot they get. I know the committee folks say they won't take that stuff into account, but I really hope that's just public speak and behind closed doors it's another story.
  22. Big Games under Miles

    I actually disagree on the UCF loss being such a killer. Say we beat them, but lose to West Virginia (the way they were playing + the way we were playing, that seems like kind of a given)...we get St. John's again, and it's the full-strength version that just decimated us a week before. If we lose that one too, our RPI is...64. Exactly the same as it is now. Our SOS jumps 16 points and we pick up a Quad 2 win in UCF, but that's offset by an extra loss. In order for us to see any real benefit, we'd have to beat St. John's again (or beat WVU, who absolutely SMOKED UCF after getting tripped up a little by Marist) which is something that, as much as I love this team, I'm not sure we would have accomplished at that point in the season. So all things considered, maybe there would be some incremental benefit to have played the tougher opponents, but I'd be surprised if it was enough of a boost to make a real difference in our postseason hopes. (For whatever it's worth, too, simply dropping Delaware State from the schedule has exactly the same effect on our SOS and RPI as losing to WVU but beating St. John's.)
  23. Nebraska on the Selection Committee Board

    You don't even have to go that far...just say we swapped Delaware State for a D2 team, as several other bubble teams did. That alone bumps our RPI to 48, and gives a better apples-to-apples picture with the teams who did just that. I can't see the rationale for ever penalizing a team that much for playing a team in their own division...if nothing else changes this offseason, that needs to be addressed. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  24. Nebraska on the Selection Committee Board

    I get that I'm a homer, but I just can't see Penn State getting in OVER us. Their 3 quad 1 wins are all against Ohio State -- which, obviously, is impressive, but not world-beating, and that's literally the only good team they beat. Their record in the Big Ten is much lower than ours. I get that Rider isn't quite the head-scratcher it was at the time, but they still lost to them at home. They beat us in overtime at their place without our big man; we DESTROYED them at our place without theirs. We're 16 points ahead of them in RPI, 1 ahead in SOS (odd but true), and 20 ahead of them in SOR. If you make a case for them, it's purely based on the eye test, and if that's the case, we pass that too. I get that they're kind of the trendy thing right now, but I legitimately don't understand how they're getting any sort of buzz to get in over us.
  25. Big Ten Tournament

    I wasn't home so was just following scores on my phone...but saw Pat Chambers apparently earned himself a technical? Please tell me it was his old nemesis Kelly Pfeifer who popped him with it. Would be the icing on a very weird flavored cake. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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