Fred Hoiberg was introduced as the 28th head basketball coach at the University of Nebraska on Tuesday.
The decision to return to college basketball, after four years in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls was not easy for Hoiberg.
He was fired by the Bulls back on December 3rd and was living in Ames with his wife and two sons. Hoiberg remembered taking his bulls team to Pinnacle Bank Arena for an exhibition game a few years ago and what a great arena the Huskers had in Lincoln.
He met with AD Bill Moose in Chicago on March 4th and was still undecided. After some thought, he decided to return to his roots in the place he was born: Lincoln.
Hoiberg discussed the difficult decision:
"The initial meeting with Bill (Moos), I told him, ‘If you want to get to know each other a little bit, great. But let’s wait and see how this thing goes, if you do decide to go a different direction.’ When that happened, we went back and forth a lot. My wife and I woke up one day and I said, ‘I don’t have any interest. I’ve enjoyed going to yoga with you, going to get coffee and going to get the girls.’ One of my coaches called me one time and he was just miserable, he was miserable. They had a bad week, and he said, ‘What are you doing right now?’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m sitting here at my table doing a puzzle in my robe and watching The Price is Right.’ Pretty good, I liked it.
"So, we thought about sitting out this year. We thought about maybe seeing what opens up in the NBA, but this situation with Bill, once the decision was made to move in a new direction, we were very attracted to it. A, we see Bill’s vision. B, because of the facilities and again, three years ago or whenever that game was, to be able to see that and say, ‘My goodness, this is beautiful,’ it’s not typical of a college arena to have this and to have the practice facility and everything about it and the support. So, we put everything together, and that’s when we decided to make a move.”