LINCOLN — Patience is Tim Miles’ motto as he looks for a new Nebraska men’s basketball assistant to replace Ben Johnson, who is leaving after one year to return to his alma mater, Minnesota.
“I’m really going to take my time and not rush this,” Miles said Tuesday. “I want to make this a great hire.”
When Miles assembled his staff a year ago, he had a list of four or five candidates he was familiar with when Johnson was picked. That list remains active, but it doesn’t mean Miles will hire someone he knows.
Johnson’s departure leaves Nebraska without an African-American on the men’s basketball staff.
“We are committed to having a diverse staff,” Miles said.
For now, Nebraska Director of Operations Jayden Olson will go on the road to recruit in Johnson’s spot. Johnson was assigned to the center of the Big Ten, focusing on Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“Losing Ben hurts,” Miles said. “But it’s not something we can’t recover from and move on.”
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