Fred Hoiberg

Fred Hoiberg appeared to the public for the first time as Nebraska's head basketball coach on Thursday. 

NORFOLK — Isaiah Roby's decision came down to the wire. 

But ultimately, the 6-foot-8 utility forward decided to remain in the NBA Draft. 

"First, we wish Isaiah all the best," head coach Fred Hoiberg said in Norfolk on Thursday. "He’s got a great future ahead of him. He's everything you're looking for at the next level in terms of size, athleticism, skill, he can put he ball on the floor, he can push the ball down and initiate the offense, and so we wish him all the best."

Hoiberg appeared at a public event for the first time since being hired as head coach. He was joined by Bill Moos, Scott Frost and four other head coaches. A few noteworthy moments from the hour-long chat held to raise money for flood relief. 

>> Hoiberg, who has a long, long list of connections back to the state of Nebraska, had a cousin and godson in attendance.

>> Every coach introduced — Rhonda Revelle, Mark Manning, Amy Williams and Hoiberg — was met with light applause. Frost was given a standing ovation when introduced. 

>> Frost gave a few roster updates. Wide receiver JD Spielman is practicing fully after suffering a concussion during the spring. He also said junior college running back Dedrick Mills should be ready to go for the summer. 

>> The football team got back to campus 10 days ago, Frost said, and the improvements in the weight room "are staggering." Frost said last year, when he asked strength coach Zach Duvall how many guys were making strides, Duvall gave him a few names. Now, that list is about a dozen names, he said.

>> Frost was quoted in Sports Illustrated shortly after being hired that year two was going to be the year Nebraska really took off. On Thursday, he instead preached patience. "We won't be where we really want to be for a long time. But we're a lot closer this year than we were last year."  

>> Hoiberg said he was excited about his roster, though he doesn't know it super well just yet. He's only ever seen his guys on film, but feels confident the group of 13 will play hard together. Hoiberg is especially excited about junior college guards Jervay Green and Cam Mack. He also compared incoming freshman Kevin Cross to former Iowa State star Georges Niang. 

>> Hoiberg said he tried to hire Michigan head coach Juwan Howard while at the Bulls. Howard was introduced as Michigan's head basketball coach on Thursday. "I think he'll do a great job at Michigan," Hoiberg said. 

>> The bus loaded up and headed to Fremont, where we'll have more coverage of the Big Red Blitz later today. 

Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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