Yes, Nebraska is now taking assistants from Georgetown
The latest bit of evidence that Nebraska is really investing in basketball came Monday -- when Huskers coach Tim Miles announced he's hired Kenya Hunter away from Georgetown.
The majority of John Thompson III's staff is gone, too.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles announced Monday that he's hired Kenya Hunter away from Georgetown, making him the third assistant coach to leave the Big East school since the Hoyas lost to Florida Gulf Coast in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament. Former assistant Mike Brennan is now the head coach at American, and he took former Georgetown director of basketball operations Scott Greenman with him.
So what does all this turnover mean?
The moves by Brennan and Greenman make sense, honestly, because both are now in obviously better positions -- Brennan as a first-time head coach, Greenman as a first-time assistant. But the Hunter-to-Nebraska development is wild, mostly because it means Nebraska just poached an assistant from Georgetown. And while it would be easy to question how Georgetown could let that happen, I think a better use of this space would be to highlight exactly what's going on in Lincoln.
Simply put, this is not your grandfather's Nebraska.
Or your father's Nebraska.
Or even your older brother's Nebraska.
The Big Ten school opened a new $20 million basketball practice facility in October 2011, will open a new $179 million basketball arena this season, and is paying second-year coach Tim Miles a salary that'll eventually exceed $2 million annually, which brings me to Hunter and his salary. A source told CBSSports.com that it'll be $230,000 a year, and that all three Huskers assistants now make at least $200,000 a year. So while Nebraska is still quite obviously a "football" school, the administration has made it clear it thinks there's no reason basketball can't operate at a high level, too.
But the school is undeniably investing properly.
And that's almost always the first step toward something great.
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