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    Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Looks like there will be a doctor in the house in Nebraska for another season.

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska is committed to Doc Sadler even though the Cornhuskers are mired in last place in the Big 12 in his fourth season as coach.
    Marc Boehm, the associate athletic director in charge of men's and women's basketball, said Sadler's job is safe even if the Huskers don't win another game this season.
    "Doc is the right guy to get this thing done," Boehm said.
    Sadler's contract pays him a base salary of $800,000 a year and runs through the 2013-14 season.
    The Huskers (13-14, 1-11 Big 12) are having their worst conference season since 1962-63. Last season, Nebraska won 18 games and finished eighth in the Big 12 with an 8-8 record.
    Nebraska's only Big 12 win this season was against Oklahoma on Jan. 30. The Huskers have lost at home to 11th-place Iowa State and dropped a 40-point game at Texas.
    But they played right with top-ranked Kansas on the road until the final minutes of what was an 11-point loss, and they took then-No. 7 Kansas State to the last seconds before losing 91-87 on the road last week. Then they turned around and lost by 19 points at home to Missouri on Saturday.
    Athletic director Tom Osborne said on his radio show last week that Sadler's job status is a non-issue and that he sees potential.
    "Coach Osborne and the administration has been tremendous and they've given total support," Sadler said Monday. "Nebraska has paid me to win basketball games here and run a basketball program, and I think our program is going in the right direction. We just have to win some games and all that will take care of itself."
    Boehm said the goals are for Nebraska to regularly appear in the Top 25 and play in the NCAA tournament -- and to achieve them with high-character players.
    "There is a little bit of leeway to do it the right way," Boehm said. "We can have a quick fix if we want to go that way, but there are no quick fixes in this program. In the fifth year you can gauge where you're at. Right now he has young kids, some injuries. It happens to be a down year right now."
    Sadler has been hit by season-ending injuries to projected starters Christopher Niemann and Toney McCray. The Huskers often have four freshmen in the court.
    Nebraska has scant basketball tradition. The men haven't won a conference championship since sharing the Big Seven title in 1949-50 and are winless in six NCAA tournament appearances. The Huskers haven't been to the national tournament since 1998 or in the Top 25 since 1995.
    Sadler in 2006 took over what Boehm called an "unhealthy" program, and his first roster was out of balance, with nine freshmen or sophomores, one junior and two seniors. A former student manager even got minutes.
    Recruiting has been hit and miss. He signed eight players in his first class, and only one is still on the team. Sadler's records of 17-14, 20-13 and 18-13 were bolstered by wins over undistinguished non-conference opponents, but he did get the Huskers to the NIT the past two seasons.
    Nebraska's basketball budget of $3.6 million ranks among the top six in the Big 12, Boehm said, and ground will be broken in May on a practice facility.
    Sadler's worst season comes alongside the best season ever for the women's team, which is 25-0 and ranked No. 3 nationally.
    Boehm uses the women's team as an example of how quickly a program can turn around. Coach Connie Yori's women were 1-8 in conference play in February last year, but with a healthy lineup they are moving toward their first league title since 1988 and a possible No. 1 NCAA seed.
    "I wouldn't be surprised with the men next year if we're seeing maybe not something like this," Boehm said, referring to the women, "but drastic improvement with Doc only being in his fifth year."
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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Great for Doc. This doesn't compare to our situation at all. Nebraska would love men's basketball to be successful, but they don't need the revenue off the sport like we do.
    And, I've never hear Osborne saying that basketball needs to be the "marquee sport" on campus like Jamie has.



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Interesting



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Nebraska has paid me to win basketball games here and run a basketball program, and I think our program is going in the right direction. We just have to win some games and all that will take care of itself.
    Hahaha, this quote cracks me up. They pay me to win games, and once I do that, everything will be fine. No ****?



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Sadler has done better record wise than McD with less for players.


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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Sadler has done better record wise than McD with less for players.
    I wonder if both teams consider this a huge 'must-win' game?



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    Great for Doc. This doesn't compare to our situation at all. Nebraska would love men's basketball to be successful, but they don't need the revenue off the sport like we do.
    And, I've never hear Osborne saying that basketball needs to be the "marquee sport" on campus like Jamie has.
    It also doesn't compare to our situation because Sadler has been more successful, with 2 NIT appearances, and I believe an 8-8 record in coference one year.



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    Great for Doc. This doesn't compare to our situation at all. Nebraska would love men's basketball to be successful, but they don't need the revenue off the sport like we do.
    And, I've never hear Osborne saying that basketball needs to be the "marquee sport" on campus like Jamie has.
    True dat.

    Osborne doesn't even need to talk about MBB. He sends out one of his associate AD's to handle their "minor" sports.



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Have there been any articles written about the ISU program calling ours a "disastrous season"? If Nebraska, which really could not care less about BB thinks they are having a "disastrous season" then what on earth do we term our current season (or even the last 4 years)?



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    What would Doc's record be with our players and what would Mac's record be with his players? Yeah, my stomach just turned too.



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    I think Doc is ok at NE. He seems to generally get more out of people than Mac does. We should be thankful in any event though because while Doc has managed to win more games, hes also given us most of our wins. Great for everybody!


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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneWarning View Post
    True dat.

    Osborne doesn't even need to talk about MBB. He sends out one of his associate AD's to handle their "minor" sports.
    Tom Osborne has been very upfront with dealing with facilities or lack thereof when it comes to basketball. If the bond issue vote in Lincoln fails this spring to build a new city arena, TO has already said he will move forward with renovating the Devaney Sports Center.


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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    Tom Osborne has been very upfront with dealing with facilities or lack thereof when it comes to basketball. If the bond issue vote in Lincoln fails this spring to build a new city arena, TO has already said he will move forward with renovating the Devaney Sports Center and is currently pushing for construction of a practice facility.
    Will they be polishing the wooden benches?


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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonenum1 View Post
    Have there been any articles written about the ISU program calling ours a "disastrous season"? If Nebraska, which really could not care less about BB thinks they are having a "disastrous season" then what on earth do we term our current season (or even the last 4 years)?



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    Re: Sadler 'Safe' at Nebraska

    Im happy for doc sadler and am extremely pleased that mr sadler will be coming back next year because...


    Good old Doc is the only coach in the conference that we can beat away and home!!!!


    Has Doc ever heard of steve allfraud???


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    Dear Mr Doc....Cut your losses at Lincoln and move on to a basketball school.....



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