Hi all, you are chatting live with a guy inside the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Huskers and Penn State tip off in two and a half hours.
I'd say the seat is a lot warmer than it was a couple weeks ago, but I don't know that anyone knows yet what's going to happen, including Tim Miles. I'm not sure what getting rid of Boehm does. He doesn't hire or fire coaches. That responsibility falls on Shawn Eichorst.
I bet the sun comes up tomorrow no matter the result of today's game. It's just basketball.
I would bet more would transfer if he leaves, but again, it's impossible to know what these guys are thinking. Maybe a bunch transfer if he stays. Who knows. I'm not going to even attempt to read the mind of a bunch of 18-22 year old dudes.
My gut tells me he stays, but I don't have any inside information to base that on. I keep waffling on it, but I'll say I'm around 65/35 for him staying right now.
Ha, I doubt WIlilams' seat is anywhere near warm. Everyone knew that was going to be an enormous rebuilding job. It's an interesting question on Eichorst. I certainly haven't heard anything in that regard. I would guess he's OK, unless there's a complete and total meltdown by the football team ala the Callahan years.
Webster will play professionally somewhere, whether it's in the states or abroad. I bet he gets an NBA shot as a free agent, but he'll have to prove himself in summer league and probably the NBDL, similarly to what Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway have been doing. That will be a fun story to watch.
That's the weirdest thing of this whole deal. The confidence and fire just disappeared out of nowhere, it seems like. The big thing I see is that so many of these guys aren't vocal leaders. They lead more by example. With that said, I think if Watson gets going today that would be huge. He's struggled the last couple weeks and Miles has said it's job 1A to get him going. So I think it starts with him.
The players are saying all the right things. You have to hand it to them in that regard. Their demeanor, at least around the media, has been good. Obviously they're disappointed, but the message from yesterday was that it's a new season and a chance to start fresh.
No one has asked, but I bet it was a combination of dog house and injury. He's had that right wrist wrapped up the last few games, so maybe that's affecting him more than anyone is letting on.
That's an interesting question. Right now Miles' contract runs through the 2019-20 season, or three more seasons once the current one ends. You would have to think there would be at least a one-year extension to get it back out to four years, but we won't get any insight into that until an announcement is made.
Don't know who the player was. I flew to D.C. yesterday, so I wasn't at the availability, and it sounds like Miles wasn't naming names according to Steve Sipple, who was there in my place.
Tough draw for the Bearcats. Omaha Central is playing pretty well right now. Get past that first one, though, and it looks like a pretty wide-open bracket.
I think it's a non-story. Sounds like a case of an angry parent yelling at the coach because their kid (or in this case, their kid's boyfriend) didn't play enough. Webster played 35 minutes. He had his chances. And the streak while fun, really doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. I think Tai would say the same thing. He was much more upset with the way his team played than not scoring 10 points.
As a side not to that, my hotel doesn't have the Big Ten Network, which is funny on several levels.
As far as lineups, I haven't heard anything. Would bet it's Ed or Jordy in that center spot with everyone else staying the same. But we shall see.
NU's record would be 17-18, but the Huskers would have one of the top schedule strengths in the nation and a so-so RPI. Being a power conference school, I'd bet they're in that 12-13 seed range and playing in Dayton in the play-in round.
You have to wonder. Blow out Penn State, win a tough game at Ohio State, and then, splat. I haven't seen anything that suggests something happened when we've gone to practice for interviews, and I haven't seen anything before games when the guys are out warming up.
Good call. Thanks for setting me straight. If it happens, watch it be a 12-5 game with Creighton
I wouldn't call it terrible. UNL is about to start getting its share of the Big Ten's massive academic research budget. For the University as a whole, it's a good move. There's going to be a lot of dollars flowing into NU's academic programs. Sports is the part everyone wants to talk about, but the university will benefit in more ways than just in the athletic department.
Nate Wolters, second round, 2013. Didn't last long. Playing in Serbia right now.