Doc Sadler has stepped down as the head coach for Southern Miss, paving the way for what is looking more and more like a Nebraska reunion.
A five-year man with the Golden Eagles, Sadler announced his resignation Thursday morning, just one day after multiple reports suggested he was among those being considered for an assistant position on Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg’s new staff.
"With the support of my family, I've decided it's time for me to take a step back from being a head coach," Sadler said in a press release. "I feel very comfortable doing that as I know that I am leaving this program in a good position. After 16 years as a college head coach, it's time to evaluate what's next for me."
Sadler boasts 37 years of collegiate coaching experience that includes a 2013-14 campaign as an assistant on Hoiberg’s bench at Iowa State and six seasons as the head coach for the Huskers. Hired in 2006, Sadler went 101-89 at Nebraska before then-Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced his dismissal following a 12-18 season in 2011-12.
With former St. John’s assistant Matt Abdelmassih currently the only confirmed member of Hoiberg’s Nebraska staff, there are two spots remaining. Armon Gates, a first-year assistant under head coach Tim Miles in 2018, is a likely candidate for one of those spots, as Gates was the only member of the staff at Hoiberg’s introductory press conference last week and was out on the road with Hoiberg and Abdelmassih during recruiting visits.