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Former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg finalizes deal to become new head coach at Nebraska

Fred Hoiberg

Fred Hoiberg wasn’t without a job for long. According to Chris Heady of the Omaha World-Herald the former Chicago Bulls coach has finalized a deal to become the University of Nebraska’s head coach.

“Fred Hoiberg finalized a deal to become Nebraska’s next head basketball coach, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told The World-Herald.”

Nebraska fired longtime coach Tim Miles on Tuesday after his team’s second-round loss to Texas Christian University in the NIT. He finished his seven-year career in Lincoln with a 116-114 win-loss tally overall, but just a 52-76 record in Big 10 play. The Huskers advanced to the NCAA Tournament just once during his tenure.

Hoiberg was fired by the Chicago Bulls in early December, barely more than a month into his fourth season on the job. His time in the Windy City was marked by large-scale roster upheaval from season to season, most notably and debilitatingly in 2016-17, when management elected to put off an inevitable rebuilding process in favor of signing Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo to join Jimmy Butler as the team’s ill-fated “three alphas.”

Hoiberg went 115-155 with Chicago, making the playoffs only in 2016-17, when the Bulls were dispatched by the Boston Celtics in the first round. He was replaced by assistant Jim Boylen.

‘The Mayor,” as he’s known in college basketball circles, was considered one of the hottest names on the coaching circuit when the Bulls hired him away from Iowa State, his alma mater, in 2015. Hoiberg took the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament in four of his five seasons in Ames, employing a five-out, motion-heavy style that seemed a perfect fit for the NBA. A native of Lincoln, his grandfather, Jerry Bush, coached Nebraska from 1954 to 1963.