LINCOLN -- Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles said the firing of NU athletic director Shawn Eichorst won't change how his team approaches the upcoming season.
"What I’m going to tell our guys is, listen: this doesn’t truly affect us. We control our own destiny, this is the team we have now," Miles said Thursday afternoon, just hours after the Eichorst news was announced. "What we need to do is get better on the floor, have better results, and show the progress we know that we’ve been building toward, and go do it and prove it on the floor every night out."
Miles said he and the rest of Nebraska's head coaches first learned of the decision in an early Thursday afternoon meeting that took place less than two hours before UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green and President Hank Bounds met with the media to discuss the move.
"I think you guys heard exactly what we heard," Miles said.
Miles said he tried to reach out to Eichorst, who was hired a few months after Miles, to offer support.
"I think at a point in time like this, you feel bad for Shawn and his family," Miles said. "Also, you have to put your trust in Chancellor Green and President Bounds, and know that they're looking out for the best interest of our athletic department, and they want to see it succeed, and they're going to go out and get somebody in place and help everybody elevate their programs."
Eichorst used Twitter in early March to announce that Miles would return for his sixth season at Nebraska after the Huskers lost to Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament to close out a 12-19 season.
Eichorst then stayed silent for more than month before addressing Miles' job status in more detail with the local media.
Miles would certainly appear to be facing a critical season in his tenure, with one winning season and a 75-86 record since being hired in 2012.
The Huskers begin practice Sept. 29, with the season opener set for Nov. 11.
"That’s (on court improvement) what’s got to be most important to us. We can’t worry about things that we don’t control," Miles said.