The time for some educated speculation has begun on how Nebraska might proceed in searching for a new basketball coach. So let’s play connect the dots.
The following scenario comes from four interviews Thursday afternoon — with a coach and an upper-level administrator from separate Big Ten schools, and with two longtime basketball industry watchers.
It involves a possible path if the Huskers use a headhunter. (Remember that word “if.’’)
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has been known to offer help and counsel to member schools seeking to fill coach openings.
Delany’s former college roommate is Eddie Fogler. They were basketball teammates at North Carolina, and Fogler went on to coach as a Tar Heel assistant and as head coach at Wichita State, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.
Now, Fogler works as a TV analyst and a coaching-search consultant. Among his recent jobs: at Penn State a year ago when Patrick Chambers was hired to replace Ed DeChellis. Fogler also was involved in Indiana’s hire of Tom Crean and Kansas State’s selection of Frank Martin.
Here’s a quote from Fogler on what needs to happen at nontraditional powers who are playing in power conferences: “It all comes down to recruiting. A good or a great coach with not enough good players doesn’t make it.’’
Worth chewing on if Nebraska looks for outside assistance.