Tad Boyle not interested in Nebraska coaching job
Cornhuskers AD Tom Osborne had CU head coach on his wish list
03/21/2012 05:13:45 PM MDT
CU Buffs men's basketball head coach Tad Boyle had no interest in leaving Colorado to be the head coach at Nebraska.
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Nov. 18 - Maryland 78, CU 71
Nov. 20 - CU 81, W. Michigan 76
Nov. 23 - Air Force 73, CU 76, OT
Nov. 28 - CU 70, Georgia 68
Nov. 30 - CU 64, Colorado State 65
Dec. 7 - CU 71, Fresno State 64
Dec. 9 - Wyoming 65, CU 54
Dec. 19 - CU 70, CSU Bakersfield 64
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Jan. 5 - CU 87, Washington 69
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Jan. 14 - Stanford 84, CU 64
Jan. 19 - CU 69, Arizona State 54
Jan. 21 - CU 64, Arizona 63
Jan. 26 - CU 74, USC 50
Jan. 28 - UCLA 77, CU 60
Feb. 2 - CU 83, Oregon State 57
Feb. 4 - CU 72, Oregon 71
Feb. 9 - Arizona 71, CU 57
Feb. 11 - CU 63, Arizona State 49
Feb. 18 - CU 55, Utah 48
Feb. 23 - Stanford 74, CU 50
Feb. 26 - CU 70, California 57
Mar. 1 - Oregon 90, CU 81
Mar. 3 - Oregon State 83, CU 69
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March 8 - Pac-12: CU 63, Oregon 62
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March 10 - Pac-12: CU 53, Arizona 51
March 15 - NCAA Tournament: CU 68, UNLV 64
March 17 - NCAA Tournament: Baylor 80, CU 63
Unlike the football series, Colorado vs. Nebraska was never much of a basketball rivalry.
And that's still the case when it comes to vying for Tad Boyle's services.
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne reportedly had Colorado's head coach on his wish list to fill the Cornhuskers' vacant position.
A source close to the situation told the Camera on Wednesday that Boyle has "no interest" in leaving CU for Nebraska.
Boyle is on the road recruiting. He will be back in Boulder on Friday to hold a press conference to reflect on the 2011-12 campaign and look ahead to a future that includes the arrival of a freshmen class ranked among the nation's best.
The Buffs are coming off a 24-12 season, which ended with a memorable March that included a Pac-12 Tournament championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament victory in 15 years.
CU, despite losing 75 percent of its scoring from the 2010-11 team, also tied the school record for victories set during Boyle's first season, which ended with a fifth-place finish in the Big 12 and a trip to the NIT semifinals.
The Omaha World-Herald reported that Nebraska reached out through a third party to contact Boyle and Gonzaga's Mark Few to gauge interest. There wasn't any.
The newspaper also reported that Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall had turned down a Nebraska offer that was for at least $2 million in annual salary.
Boyle, a Greeley native who labeled Colorado his "dream job" when hired away from Northern Colorado in April 2010, signed a contract extension in February that included a 3-percent raise.
More significantly, the revamped deal greatly enhanced the incentives clauses.
By winning 24 games, the conference tournament title, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament and beating UNLV a week ago at the Pit, Boyle earned $320,000 in bonuses, which took his overall salary to about $1 million.
"I couldn't be more excited, I couldn't be more optimistic," Boyle said when asked about the program's future after last Saturday's 80-63 loss to Baylor in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. "I told the guys in the locker room, 'Guys, it's not going to take us nine more years to get back here.'"
It was CU's first appearance in the bracket since 2003. Nebraska hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1998.
Doc Sadler, who was on the job for six seasons, was fired by Osborne on March 9 after the Huskers finished 12-18 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten.
Some of Boyle's new peers, Arizona's Sean Miller and UCLA's Ben Howland, make about $2 million per season.
Boyle's contract includes a buyout clause protecting the school against the possibility of him taking another job. He would have to pay CU $750,000 if he took another job at any point before April 30, 2013.
That penalty decreases to $500,000 if Boyle left between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014, and to $350,000 if he left for another job between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015.
"I have great respect for Tad, and he and the entire department are functioning well as a team and I know his commitment to be a Buff is sincere and genuine," CU athletic director Mike Bohn told the Camera on the eve of the NCAA Tournament. "We will continue to monitor the wonderful progress and growth of the program under his leadership and adapt as necessary."