Doc Sadler resigns at Southern Miss, could rejoin Fred Hoiberg at Nebraska

first_imgDoc Sadler has resigned as head coach at Southern Miss, he announced on Thursday. His resignation completes a five-year tenure in which his teams went 56-94, only had one winning season and never made the NCAA Tournament.”I’d like to thank the administration, fans, and especially the players for sticking with us through difficult times but also in the fun times,” Sadler said in a statement. “As a coach, one of the things that I always try to do is prepare my players for life and hopefully I have lived by that example. With the support of my family, I’ve decided it’s time for me to take a step back from being a head coach. 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.”MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019-20 Later, during a news conference announcing his resignation, Hoiberg said there was a “good possibility” he would rejoin Fred Hoiberg on the latter’s staff at Nebraska. If he does return to Nebraska under Hoiberg, he will rejoin fellow former Hoiberg assistant Matt Abdelmassih, who comes by way of St. John’s. Sadler was an assistant under Hoiberg at Iowa State in 2013-14, a season in which the Cyclones went 28-8, won the Big 12 Tournament and made a run to the Sweet 16. Sadler left to coach Southern Miss the next year, going 3-20.Sadler also spent six years as head coach at Nebraska, where he went 101-89 from 2006-12. He was fired after the program went 12-18 in 2011-12, the program’s first season in the Big Ten. That said, his teams finished with winning records in four of his six seasons there. His teams never finished better than .500 in league play, however, and never made the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

Brown almost pulls off ‘Miracle on Ice’ but Steelers fall to Dolphins 34-28

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) appears to step out of bounds as he gets past Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) on the final play of the of the game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Once the Miami Dolphins got used to the snow, the Pittsburgh Steelers were no problem.Charles Clay caught two touchdowns, including a 12-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill with 2:53 remaining and the Miami Dolphins beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-28 on Sunday.Daniel Thomas ran for 105 yards and a score. His zig-zag 55-yard burst at snowy Heinz Field set up Clay’s game-winner. Tannehill completed 20 of 33 passes for 201 yards and three scores for the Dolphins (7-6). Miami blew a 10-point third-quarter lead but rallied to win for the third time in its last four games.Heinz Field is snow covered during game between Steelers and Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright)Ben Roethlisberger passed for 297 yards and three scores but the Steelers (5-8) lost their second straight game to all but end any outside shot of making the postseason. Antonio Brown raced into the end zone after a series of laterals on the final play, but officials ruled he stepped out before scoring.Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu returned an interception 19 yards for a score with 8:05 into the third quarter to put the Steelers up 21-17, but his fifth career touchdown was overshadowed late. Polamalu and Cortez Allen both had a shot at Clay on the game-winning score but couldn’t bring the 6-foot-3, 255-pound tight end to the ground.Clay muscled his way out of the arms of both players then skipped into the end zone to give the Dolphins the lead for good. Caleb Sturgis added a late field goal and the Dolphins survived – barely – a frantic final play.The Steelers snapped the ball at their own 21 just before the clock hit all zeros. Emmanuel caught a short pass from Roethlisberger, starting a flurry of laterals that included getting the ball into the hands of 330-pound tackle Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert flipped it to Roethlisberger who then appeared to throw it forward to Brown. No flags were thrown, however, as Brown raced down the sideline.While he celebrated, an official pointed to the Miami 11, sending the resurgent Dolphins spilling onto the field after the franchise’s first win in Pittsburgh in 23 years and came in the unlikeliest of settings.The snow started in earnest 30 minutes before kickoff and intensified in the first quarter. It hardly seemed to bother the Steelers early. Bell did most of the heavy lifting during a 74-yard touchdown drive that ended with Roethlisberger hitting Emmanuel Sanders for a 5-yard score.The pass was the 213th career touchdown toss for Roethlisberger, breaking a tie with Terry Bradshaw for the most in team history.Miami, finding its footing after some early struggles, pulled within 7-3 after a 48-yard sprint down the left sideline by Tannehill. The Dolphins went in front midway through the second quarter after Roethlisberger fumbled while getting sacked by Cameron Wake. Miami needed just five plays to go 31 yards, with Tannehill lobbing it to a wide-open Clay for the touchdown.The snow slowed after halftime, setting the stage for a wild back-and-forth affair in which the teams exchanged the lead four times in the last 23 minutes.Miami wide receiver Mike Wallace caught two passes for 19 yards in his return to Pittsburgh, where he played from 2009-12 before signing with the Dolphins in the offseason.Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stayed well inside the rules during kickoffs a week after being fined $100,000 by the league for stepping onto the field in a loss to Baltimore.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more