Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CSO Q and A with Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg

Photo Credit: John Peterson- Nebraska Athletics

By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Welcome to the return of CSO’s Q and A as I sit down with college coaches and players across college sports for in-depth questions sprinkled in with a little bit of fun. We kick off this season’s series with first-year Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg.

Green: Are there any similarities with inheriting a bunch of transfers at Nebraska to when you were at Iowa State earlier in the decade?

Hoiberg: I think there are similarities. We can use the blueprint that we had at Iowa State as part of the recruiting model at Nebraska. We had more transfers in year one at Iowa State with four that sat out and two that are sitting out this year and we have two graduate transfers that will play immediately. While the similarities are there, we do have more players that are eligible to play for us this season.

Green: Going from being in a big city like Chicago where professional sports dominate to being in a college town in Lincoln, are there any adjustments you have had to make in terms of dealing with less people from a population standpoint?

Hoiberg: Traffic is not as bad in Lincoln, but I grew up in Ames, Iowa, which is a college town. My dad was a college professor and my mom was an elementary school teacher. My pro career was more in the bigger towns as I played for four seasons in the great city of Indianapolis, four more in Chicago and three in Minneapolis. I have been a part of all of it with coaching five seasons previously at Iowa State and it has been great to be back in the college scene so far in Lincoln.

Green: Chicago is known for its food staples, such as Italian beef, hot dogs and deep-dish pizza. Have you been able to find any great food places in your short time in Lincoln?

Hoiberg: Chicago is one of the great food cities in the world. There are unbelievable restaurants, but we have some good places in Lincoln where are slowly becoming regulars at.

Green: When you are not dealing with coaching and recruiting, what is your favorite hobby to do on your down time?

Hoiberg: I have not had a lot of time to do it this season, but I enjoy plenty of golf. I have three boys, who are really great golfers, so to be able to get out on the golf course with my family, that’s one thing that helps me relax.

Green: What about your kids’ skillsets on the golf course and their individual handicaps?

Hoiberg: My son Jack, who plays at Michigan State actually had a golf scholarship and accepted, but backed out and went to MSU to play basketball. All three of them are good and have single-digit handicaps. 

Green: You had opening night a couple of weeks ago at Pinnacle Bank Arena and to have Nebraska fans pack the place with every home regular-season game sold out, what is it like to know that you will have the fan support?

Hoiberg: It was a great weekend for us as it was very important recruiting too. Our fans were able to spend time with their players and watch them for the first time. Getting our players in that atmosphere was very important and our support is as good as any in the country. We are projected to be 11thin a 14-team Big Ten and to sell out every ticket tells you everything you need to know about our fans.