Shatel: Tim Miles wants everyone to know that he wasn't talking about Creighton basketball

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles, left, and Creighton head coach Greg McDermott, right, and greet each other before a 2016 game. After Miles spoke out about the nature of college basketball recruiting last week, Miles reached out to both McDermott and Creighton Athletics Director Bruce Rasmussen to clarify that his comments weren't directed toward the Jays.

Taking stock of our sports world on a most important day in our country — opening day of college hoops season:

Tim Miles is known as the Twitter coach. But it was something that Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen posted on the social media site last week that led the Nebraska basketball coach to reach out to Creighton.

Miles sent text messages to both Rasmussen and CU coach Greg McDermott last week to clarify: The comments he made last week about college basketball were not directed toward Creighton — or any school.

The topic last week was recruits and their agents/reps who have their hands out. Miles was asked the question a day after ESPN reported on phone calls made to a street agent that included Creighton coaches.

Miles said, “You know when you’re dancing with the devil” and went on to describe the perils of dealing with certain types of recruits. When he later was asked about Creighton, he said, “that’s their business.” But followed up with, “We don’t operate that way.”

Officials and fans from both schools took the comments different ways. Creighton officials have been consistent in not commenting on the story involving recruit Brian Bowen and agent Christian Dawkins.

But a day after Miles’ comments, Rasmussen tweeted this: “‘You know when you are dancing with the devil’ — wouldn’t life be so much better if this were an accurate statement. One of life’s greatest difficulties is that the devil is a master of disguises and each and every one of us has at times been deceived by someone we trusted.”

A day later, Rasmussen tweeted this: “Colin Powell last night “we have come to live in a society based on insults, on lies and on things that just aren’t true.” Make certain that you have the entire story from all sides before you draw conclusions.”

Miles was made aware of the tweets and took action.

“I can read,” Miles said. “I was like, 'Ah, I don’t want that.' They’re good people. Our staffs have done things together. I don’t want to hurt anybody.

“I reached out to Greg and Bruce to say, hey, none of this was directed towards you guys. They texted back. I feel like I wanted it known: this was not about a particular school.”

Miles wouldn’t say what McDermott and Rasmussen texted, but it sounds like the matter is closed.

“I know a lot of people involved, especially on the Adidas end,” Miles said. “I was just generalizing, not talking about any one particular school in any way, shape or form.

“I’ve known Greg McDermott for a long, long time and he’s always been way above board, do things the right way at all costs. The fact that this was even mentioned was surprising. The whole idea was to comment on the systematic approach, the way things are done. If anyone feels slighted, I apologize.”

Now, play ball. Starting tonight.

» What on earth did we do before social media? How did we live?

» Alabama keeps taking the air out of college football. But with a few weeks left in the regular season, Northwestern and Iowa State have a chance to make their conference championship games this year. So there could still be some fun left.

» Nick Saban has won five national titles at Alabama since 2009 (he has one with LSU in 2003) and is the heavy favorite to win again this year. I don’t even know what to compare this to in college football. What Saban is doing in his sport is closer to what John Wooden did at UCLA, winning 10 NCAA titles from 1964-75. It’s unbelievable.

» You can define success for Nebraska any way you want this season, but if Devine Ozigbo gets to rush for 1,000 yards, that’s success.

» One of the things I’m watching for in Creighton’s nonconference season — besides that Mark Few sighting on Dec. 1 — is how often the twin towers of Omaha play together. That is, 7-foot freshman Samson Froling (20 minutes in the Winona State exhibition) and 6-11 sophomore Jacob Epperson (15 minutes) are together on the floor. Talk about mismatches. Even if they rotate, think about the other team having to deal with that nonstop. Both can run and have skill around the basket. And both are from Australia. There’s probably a nickname for them somewhere down the line, but I’m not smart enough to figure it out.

» Hard to believe the Minnesota Timberwolves are already willing to turn Justin Patton loose after only two seasons as a pro and drafting him 16th overall in 2017. Patton, who will be a free agent this summer, needs to get healthy. He’s only 21 and he’s got big talent. Somebody will pick him up.

» Les Miles to Kansas? Just what the Big 12 needs, another character. It makes sense on a lot of levels, but would Miles bring a defensive edge to the league — or just get run over like all the rest?

» Meanwhile, all the talk out of Manhattan, Kansas, is that the Bill Snyder era may soon end. I hope Snyder gets to go out the way he wants, but there aren’t many happy endings for college football coaches.

» I know, I know. You want Big Ten news. You want to know who P.J. Fleck is going to hire for defensive coordinator. Sorry. I still gaze to the south once in a while.

» John Cook has spoiled us and now Kirsten Bernthal Booth is doing the same. It’s not that we don’t appreciate what the volleyball ladies do during the regular season. It’s that we can’t wait to see what they’ll do in December.

» One more and I’m outta here: It’s officially Outland Trophy season. The annual Outland semifinalist announcement is set for Nov. 14 (7 p.m.) at the Old Mattress Factory in downtown Omaha. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at showofficeonline.com. Also, tickets are still available for the Jan. 9 Outland Trophy Dinner at the Downtown Doubletree, featuring former Nebraska football coach Frank Solich.

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Tom is The World-Herald's lead sports columnist. Since he started in Omaha in 1991, he's covered just about anything you can imagine. Follow him on Twitter @TomShatelOWH. Phone: 402-444-1025.

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