Hoiberg tops list for Nebraska, which intends to hire coach quickly

Sam Amico

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said the school hopes to hire a new basketball coach within the next one-to-two weeks, and it is believed Moos and the Cornhuskers have former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg at the top of their candidate list.

Hoiberg, fired by the Bulls earlier this season, is also said to be interested in Nebraska.

"In the sport of men’s basketball, I believe in defense. But we’ve got to get the ball out, we’ve got to be scoring, we like to shoot the three, play with some discipline, of course," Moos told reporters. "But the game today, and the ones that are winning it, are lighting that scoreboard up. And that’s something that certainly we’ll be looking for."

Hoiberg formerly coached at Iowa State and was linked to the Ohio State vacancy in June 2017. He coached the Bulls for a little more than three seasons before the franchise replaced him with Jim Boylen in December.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hoiberg may potentially draw interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team for which Hoiberg played for 10 years.

Hoiberg, 46, coached at Iowa State from 2010-15 and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2012. He compiled a 115-155 record as coach of the Bulls.

Nebraska fired former coach Tim Miles on Tuesday.