LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- The University of Nebraska's new men's basketball coach met the media Tuesday afternoon as Athletic Director Bill Moos made the formal introduction at a 3 P.M. news conference.
Fred Hoiberg, 46, officially takes the helm.
In an earlier news release, Hoiberg said, “Lincoln is a special place for our family. I was born in Lincoln, my grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the head coach at Nebraska, my other grandfather was a longtime professor there, and my parents are proud graduates of the University of Nebraska. Nebraska has always felt like a second home."
At the press conference Tuesday, Hoiberg said that he thought about sitting out this year and was going to wait to see what opened up in the NBA. He wanted to take this position because of Moos vision for the program and the facilities.
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Even Scott Frost attended the press conference to support the new basketball coach.
Hoiberg graduated from Iowa State, where he was a Big Eight all-conference guard for the Cyclones. He also played in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.
He returned to Iowa State in 2010 to become the head basketball coach at his alma mater and took the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament four times during his coaching career. Hoiberg left Iowa State in 2015 to become the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. He was fired from the Bulls in 2018, after a disappointing start to the season.
The University of Nebraska and Hoiberg agreed to a seven-year, $25 million deal.
At the end of the press conference, Moos presented Hoiberg with a plaque that had the news release of his grandfather being named the coach at Nebraska in 1995. Coach Jerry Bush had two of the biggest wins in school history: When Nebraska beat Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain on a buzzer beater, and when they upset Bob Boozer's Kansas State Wildcats.