Tim Miles’ tenure in Lincoln has come to an end.
Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos announced on Tuesday that Nebraska parted ways with its head men’s basketball coach after seven seasons. Miles went 116-114 at Nebraska, guiding the Huskers to one NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances.
“Tim Miles is a good basketball coach who has put his heart, soul and energy into the Nebraska men’s basketball program over the past seven years,” Moos said in a statement. “Ultimately, we have not maintained a level of consistent success and stability on the court, and after a full review I have made the decision to move in another direction for the leadership of our program.”
After a 22-11 season in 2017-18, Moos extended Miles’ contract by one year to run through the 2020-21 season. Moos said he wanted to see stability from Miles’ program, and with the core of that 22-win team returning, Moos wanted to see a similar level of success in 2018-19.
After an 11-2 start to the season, the Huskers hit a rough patch to open conference play, dropping four of six. Then they lost senior forward Isaac Copeland Jr. for the season to a torn ACL and lost nine of their next 11. Nebraska closed out the regular season with an overtime win over Iowa, won two games in the Big Ten Tournament then won a game in the NIT before losing to TCU on Sunday, finishing the season 19-17.
Under Miles, the Huskers have finished 10th, fourth, 12th, 11th, 12th, fourth and 13th in the Big Ten over the past seven years. The Huskers did not finish with a top-100 offensive rating in any of Miles’ seven seasons and they only cracked the top-100 in defensive rating three times, finishing 73rd nationally in 2013-14.
Tom Osborne hired Tim Miles to replace Doc Sadler in 2012 after a 12-18 season in Sadler’s final year at Nebraska. Miles spent his first five years as a Division I head coach at Colorado State, building the Rams up from a seven-win team in Year 1 to a 20-win, NCAA Tournament team in Year 5.
The Huskers finished 15-18 during his first season in Lincoln but caught fire down the stretch of year two to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997-98, losing in the first round to finish 19-13. Miles returned most of the pieces from that tournament team for the 2014-15 season but the Huskers failed to replicate that success, finishing 13-18 including nine straight losses to end the season.
Nebraska went 16-18 then 12-19 the next two seasons before 2017-18’s 22-win campaign which tied for second-most in school history in a single season.
Miles’ record at the Division I level stands at 187-202 (.481) over 12 years and his record as a head coach at all levels of college basketball is 399-334 (.544) across 24 seasons.
Thank you to the University of Nebraska for a remarkable journey. It was a great honor to represent this University the past seven years. I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish during my tenure,
— Tim Miles (@CoachMiles) March 26, 2019
Nebraska will now begin the search for a new head coach.
“I am confident there will be strong interest from the coaching community about the opportunity to lead our men’s basketball program,” Moos said. “We are fully committed to providing the necessary resources to position our basketball program for success on the conference and national level. I expect to find a head coach who will elevate Nebraska basketball to new heights.”