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Nebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise

Scott Winter, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Tim Miles caught no breaks in his rise from South Dakota obscurity to NCAA March Madness. As a coach, he used a Malcolm Gladwellian approach of owning his desirable disadvantages to turn around programs at four levels of college basketball on his way to securing a Big Ten Conference job at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The second year of that job would be crucial to his continued ascension as he took his team, picked to finish last, into a new arena paid for by fans. If he didn’t win now, all momentum could be lost. The university had never won an NCAA Tournament game was betting on him. Would he get there so soon? With full access to the coach and the team during the 2013-14 season, Nebrasketball shows readers what they can’t see in college basketball – in locker rooms, in film rooms, on team planes, in coaches’ meetings – to learn Tim Miles’ recipe for rehabilitating programs. The book weaves an anecdotal biography of Miles’ past successes and failures to the drama of the upcoming season, including historic wins, dramatic losses and something called “tougherness.”

Subject Area

Creative writing

Recommended Citation

Winter, Scott, "Nebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise" (2018). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI10791181.