Doc Sadler

Doc Sadler spent the last five seasons as head coach at Southern Mississippi. He resigned Thursday.

Doc Sadler stepped down as coach at Southern Mississippi, and a return to Nebraska could be his next move.

Southern Miss announced his resignation Thursday, which came a day after The World-Herald reported that Sadler — Nebraska’s coach from 2006-12 — was being considered for a position on Fred Hoiberg’s staff.

“With the support of my family, I’ve decided it’s time for me to take a step back from being a head coach,” Sadler said in a press release. “I feel very comfortable doing that as I know that I am leaving this program in a good position. After 16 years as a college head coach, it’s time to evaluate what’s next for me.”

Sadler, 58, has 37 years of coaching experience and spent the past five seasons at Southern Miss, where he compiled a 56-94 record. Sadler previously worked for Hoiberg as an assistant at Iowa State for the 2013-14 season.

Sadler went 101-89 in six seasons leading the Huskers. He was fired by then-Athletic Director Tom Osborne after a 12-18 campaign in 2011-12.

Hoiberg said last week that he spoke with Sadler frequently before taking the job at Nebraska.

“Doc’s one of my closest friends in this business,” Hoiberg said.

Hoiberg currently has two open spots on his staff.

Matt Abdelmassih was hired just after Hoiberg accepted the job. It is likely that former Tim Miles assistant Armon Gates will be retained for the second spot, but neither Gates nor Hoiberg has confirmed that appointment.

Bobby Lutz, who has 12 years of experience as a Division I coach, is expected to join Hoiberg’s staff as a special assistant.

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