Early Break: The situation that many feared for Nebraska with Bill Moos just happened at Texas A&M

  • Scott Woodward, the A.D. at Texas A&M who hired Jimbo Fisher last offseason and JUST hired Buzz Williams for basketball, announced he was taking the LSU job after Joe Alleva stepped down from the position
  • The rumor for a while has been saying that Bill Moos would step down soon, despite just landing 2 marquee coaches…how should A&M’s new coaches feel toward Woodward? Understanding, or pissed?

Early Break: Which program will recruit at a higher level going forward at Nebraska: football or men’s basketball?

  • Is this as easy of an answer as you think it should be? The easy answer is Scott Frost; look what he’s done already with guys like Adrian Martinez in elevating his play since he got here, and other guys. But can Frost consistently land a ton of 4 and 5 star guys? Maybe, but that’s tough
  • Basketball, as we know, is nowhere near the same prestige level of football. But……they ARE now paying their assistants a lot of money, including the 2nd and 5th highest paid assistants in the conference (Matt Abdelmassih, Doc Sadler)….which makes you expect more in recruiting. Will they ever get higher classes than what football gets? Interesting conversation.

Early Break: How long will it take for fans to believe that Nebrasketball can actually be a consistent tournament team

  • Hiring Fred Hoiberg helps the conversation, as well as committing to a large salary pool for assistants.
  • When do you start to buy in that it can happen hear? Coaches aren’t scared of the task at hand
  • More audio from coaches

Early Break: Nebraska basketball assistants speak to the media

  • Doc Sadler makes his return to Lincoln and still is glowing to the media
  • Matt Abdelmassih discussed recruiting transfers, and his relationship with Hoiberg and Sadler
  • They are trying to tamper down expectations for Year one, is there a chance this team could be decent

Early Break: So this Doc Sadler thing is going to happen..

  • Think about how crazy that is—Sadler was fired by Nebraska in 2012, yet he resigns from his head coaching position yesterday at Southern Miss—where he won 20 games this year—to likely come back to Nebraska and be an assistant coach. When does that happen anywhere, ever?!
  • Also, Fred Hoiberg confirmed on the Jon Rothstein podcast (we have audio) that he is retaining Armon Gates and has Bobby Lutz on the staff in some regard
  • Who will get bigger cheers at basketball games…Hoiberg or Sadler?

Early Break: Texas Tech is in the national championship tonight…does Nebrasketball have the right formula with Fred Hoiberg?

  • Texas Tech is incredible defensively, and has built a culture in doing so….and a good tweet showing the team they have and what their recruiting rankings shows what a great job Chris Beard has done with development
  • Both teams in tonight’s national championship are built firmly on defense…Fred Hoiberg has never really been known for that, but actually as an offensive juggernaut…does his coaching philosophy fit in for a long, productive run in the Big Dance?

Early Break: Is there a university out there with as formidable of a 1-2 punch in football and basketball than Nebraska

  • Life comes at you fast—Nebraska all of a sudden is at the top, there. Others in conversation? Dantonio/Izzo (Michigan State); Harbaugh/Beilein (Michigan); then who? Malzahn/Pearl (Auburn)?
  • Shut up Sipple

Early Break: One domino has (kind of) fallen as Thomas Allen enters the transfer portal

  • Do you think Thomas Allen should have told his teammates before entering the portal
  • He is still waiting to see who will be the next head coach
  • If Hoiberg is the head coach, would Allen fit in the system?

Early Break: Coaching search for Nebraska basketball

  • The guys continue their talk on the UNO basketball program.
  • Who is Bill Moos pursuing for the head coaching position, and how likely is it that he’s going to get a big name?
  • How weird is it for a coach to go to their press conference after being fired?

Early Break: Nebraska finally has a replacement for Mike Dawson

  • Cal’s Tony Tuioti is on his way from Lincoln
  • He’s a very good recruiter in Hawaii, California, and Utah regions
    • Spent eight years with Hawaii, and with the Cleveland Browns.
  • How good of a hire is this?
  • What’s the excitement level?

Early Break: Are we sure that Fred Hoiberg is a ‘pie in the sky’ dream for Nebrasketball?

  • It’s time to take a deeper dive into what people tried to play off as a possibility when (if) Nebrasketball moves on from Tim Miles after this season. Is part of the reason of why people think it’s not possible is because of national hoops analysts asking who could do a better job that Miles has done? That’s foolish.
  • Sorensen would love nothing more than to get a big fish like Hoiberg or someone else so that all these national guys would eat crow for thinking this place could never do better. It would be glorious crow
  • Both Sip and Jake have had sources saying there might be interest from Hoiberg. Is it as crazy to think he might be a candidate than previously thought?

Early Break: Husker head coach talk

  • Give Jake Thad Matta or give him death
    • 24-13 in NCAA tournament
  • Is this the coach Husker fans want?
  • Is Matta a better option than Hoiberg, Lue or Marshall?