It's called March Madness not just because of the wild games that happen during this month, but also the craziness that surrounds the college basketball coaching profession.
Saul Phillips had his one shining moment, five years ago to the day when the then coach at NDSU led the Bison to a win over Oklahoma.
Three weeks later, Phillips was introduced as the new head coach at Ohio, a perennially top team in the MAC. Phillips won 20 games in back to back seasons, but in his last two years Ohio won just 14 games. The Ohio athletic director said they needed a change because there wasn't consistent on-court success.
Phillips deserved better. His team was beset by injuries and those happen to every team, but he never got the support from his athletic director that every coach needs.
That same situation is happening with another former Bison coach Tim Miles and Nebraska. Reports out of Lincoln are that Husker athletic director Bill Moos already has tapped Fred Hoiberg, the former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls coach to replace Miles. Miles is still the coach as his team beat Butler in the first round of the NIT. Miles has won 115 games and has just one NCAA Touranment appearance. he'll be rememberd more for not recruiting Nebraska native Mike Daum more than anything. But what is expected at Nebraska?
The Huskers have never been super good in hoops at a school where football rules all. Miles deserves to know if he's still the coach as his team plays in the postseason.