Nebraska introduces Sadler as men's basketball coach

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska is pinning its hopes for a move up in Big 12 men's basketball on Texas-El Paso's Doc Sadler.

Sadler was being introduced as the Cornhuskers' head coach at a Tuesday news conference, exactly one week after Barry Collier resigned to become athletics director at Butler University.

Sadler, 46, will be taking over a program that hasn't won a conference championship since sharing the Big Seven title in 1949-50 and is winless in six NCAA tournament appearances. The Cornhuskers haven't been to the national tournament since 1998.

In six years under Collier, the Huskers were 89-91, never finished higher than sixth in the Big 12 and made two NIT appearances.

Sadler coached UTEP for two seasons and had a 48-18 record with two postseason tournament appearances.

Nebraska athletics director Steve Pederson was expected to announce financial terms of Sadler's contract at the news conference.

Sadler's contract at UTEP paid him a base salary of $300,000 annually, school spokesman Charles Staniszewski said. With incentives, Sadler could have earned $700,000 a year, not including revenue from his radio and television shows and a shoe contract with Nike.

Last season the Miners were 21-10 and lost to Michigan in the first round of the NIT.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: