Nebraska's Tim Miles, a former NDSU coach, apologizes for 'flippant' millionaire remark

Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Tim Miles looks on from the bench during the first half against the Penn State Nittany Lions Feb. 19, 2109, at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Nebraska 95-71.  Matthew O'Haren / USA TODAY Sports
Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Tim Miles looks on from the bench during the first half against the Penn State Nittany Lions Feb. 19, 2109, at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Nebraska 95-71. Matthew O'Haren / USA TODAY SportsMatthew O'Haren / USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles took to social media Thursday to apologize for a "flippant remark" he made earlier this week about the possibility of being fired by the school.

The former North Dakota State coach said on a podcast Sunday that "I'm still a millionaire" if Nebraska decides to fire him after a disappointing season in which the Cornhuskers sit near the bottom of the Big Ten standings. The remark did not go over well in Lincoln.

Miles tweeted an apology Thursday:

"Earlier this week, my (sarcastic) attempt at humor during a podcast failed. Anyone who knows me understands that I got into coaching and remain a basketball coach for reasons beyond money. I apologize to anyone offended or taken aback by my flippant remark," Miles tweeted.

The Cornhuskers are 15-12, 5-11 after returning four starters from a team that finished fourth in the Big Ten last year. Nebraska made the NCAA tournament just once in Miles' first six seasons.

Miles is under contract through March 2021 and would be owed a $2.52 million buyout if he's fired after this, his seventh season.

"If they fire me, they're still going to pay me. I'm still a millionaire, so I've got that going for me," Miles said on the WatchStadium.com podcast.