Big Ten Media Day - Tim Miles
Oct. 25, 2012
THE MODERATOR: Next up is Nebraska coach Tim Miles. He enters his first season as the head coach with eight letter winners returning this season. Coach?
Q. In terms of recruiting, looking at the state of Nebraska probably hadn't produced an abundance of All American basketball players. Where do you go and how will being part of the Big Ten help you to get into the major metro areas in the midwest? Is that an area you're going to look to?
We have to develop guys, no doubt about it. We have to do a good job of developing our players and hopefully our style of play makes that happen in a better way, but you're in an elite league with elite players and we're going to have to look under any rock possible and go anywhere in the world and recruit.
Q. What was your view of the Big Ten before you got in the conference, trying to get a real coach's look at the players in the Big Ten?
It's a great league. My view watching Big Ten when I was a little boy, when you grow up in South Dakota and get two channels, you pay attention to what happens on the one that carries basketball so the Big Ten was always one of those leagues we would see Tom Davis and his press for Iowa, the Golden Gophers from Minnesota.
Our game has changed a little bit, certainly, but it's a league that you have Hall of Fame coaches, you have unbelievable teams with traditions and we're trying to put our mark up there with them. That's the best I can do without answering the question.
Q. What are the challenges of coaching at an athletic program that's dominated by football and trying to make basketball something that people get excited about?
Q. Can you describe the impact of the new facilities that you guys have put in? Obviously you talk about getting basketball in a bigger place in the hierarchy at Nebraska but the way you have upgraded the facilities, can you speak to that and the impact on your program?
Everybody is looking at it as a model, and it's really well done. We would invite you all to come but you might, so I'm not going to! Our day to day operations are as good as they are anywhere in the country, and when we put our Pinnacle Bank Arena is going to be a $200 million project and we were looking at the organization of the coaches locker rooms, the players' locker rooms, and I can't tell you how well thought out it is, it's going to be an amazing place and when you combine those two within two years of each other, it's an amazing physical capacity of what we're doing. We've just got to get some guys and have some fun with it.
Q. Starting out with a new program, would you prefer to have a roster of veteran guys who played for another coach or preferred the situation you're in where there aren't many guys that are left over that played a lot and you're going to have to build it from square one?
We've got some good players we just need to add to it.
Q. Coach, you touched on this at the beginning. Talk about the depth of the conference and how many teams are at the top of the league.
John Beilein told me he's a Cardinals fan and we struck up a conversation this summer, I'm a Cardinals fan, apologize to the Cub fans here, I know we've been doing it a long time to ya! At the end of the day, John said "I've been in a lot of leagues and there is nothing like the Big Ten on the environment, the on campus arenas, the fan support, there is nothing like it."
THE MODERATOR: Thanks, Coach, good luck this year.
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