Doc Sadler

Doc Sadler went 101-89 during six seasons as Nebraska's basketball coach and made three NIT appearances.

Update: Thursday morning, Southern Mississippi announced that Doc Sadler has resigned as the school's men's basketball coach. Click here for more.

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LINCOLN — Former Nebraska basketball head coach Doc Sadler is under consideration for a spot on Fred Hoiberg’s staff, a source told The World-Herald on Wednesday afternoon.

Sadler, currently the head coach at Southern Mississippi, was on Hoiberg’s Iowa State staff during the 2013-14 season.

Sadler was hired at Nebraska in 2006 after two seasons as head coach at UTEP. He spent six seasons in Lincoln and finished with a 101-89 record. He was fired by then-Athletic Director Tom Osborne following a 12-18 season in 2011-12.

Hoiberg and Sadler have kept a close relationship since Sadler left Hoiberg’s staff for Southern Miss in 2014. Before Hoiberg accepted the Nebraska job, the two spoke on the phone at length about the position.

"I talked to Doc a lot,” Hoiberg said the day of his introductory press conference. “Doc's one of my closest friends in this business."

Sadler, 58, has 37 years of coaching experience, with stops at Arkansas, Texas Tech and Arizona State. He was a student manager for Eddie Sutton at Arkansas.

Sadler is coming off a 20-13 season with Southern Miss, which lost in the first round of the CBI. It was the Golden Eagles' first winning season under Sadler.

Sadler makes $350,000 at Southern Miss. He received a one-year contract extension in 2018, and his contract is up in 2021.

Hoiberg will have an assistant salary pool of $1 million, a bump from the $770,000 paid to Tim Miles' assistants last season. Abdelmassih will made $380,000 a year.

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

Sadler would be considered Hoiberg’s defensive coach should he join the staff.

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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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