Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ex-Nebraska coach Doc Sadler expected to join Self’s KU staff


Former University of Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler is expected to soon be named director of basketball operations at Kansas University.

Sources told the Journal-World on Tuesday that Sadler, who has been on campus this week to interview with KU coach Bill Self, has been offered the job. It’s believed he has accepted or will accept and replace Barry Hinson as KU’s director of basketball operations.

Hinson in March was named head coach at Southern Illinois University.

Sadler, 52, is a long-time friend of KU coach Self.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was a student manager under coach Eddie Sutton, who is one of Self’s mentors. Sadler was an assistant at Arkansas (1982-85), Lamar (1985–86), Houston (1986), Chicago State (1987–88), Texas Tech (1991–94) and Arizona State (1994–97).

He compiled a 101-89 record at Nebraska the past six years, including a 34-63 conference mark. Prior to that, he was head coach at UTEP, where he went 47–16 in his two seasons. At UTEP he took over for Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie after working on Gillipie’s UTEP staff. Gillispie is another close friend of KU’s Self. He also was a head coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Sadler on Tuesday morning told the Omaha World-Herald he indeed was in Lawrence and there could be discussion with Self about a job. Sadler told the paper it was unlikely anything in the way of any new job would happen before July. He said he has other situations to explore, including TV and the NBA.


Cmill1221 9 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully Doc now knows that altitude and the thinness of the air does not change from being indoors vs outdoors. (810 interview a year or so ago)

Jeeveshawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I always thought Sadler was a great coach.

nebraska_jayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Sadler IS a good coach. He just had the unfortune of coaching in basketball deadzone aka Lincoln, where recruits would refuse to come. He will be a benefit to KU.

jhox 9 years, 11 months ago

Careful what you say. NU basketball is about to make a big jump. The new coach has his act together and their new basketball facilities are among the best in the country. I believe within 3 years they will be one of the better teams in the Big 10.

I'm sure Doc wishes he could have had two more years, to make use of those new facilities in recruiting. I always felt he was a good X' and O's guy who struggled to get the right players.

TenaciousD 9 years, 11 months ago

jhox - you are absolutely right about Tim Miles. He will have NU toward the top of the Big 10 in a few years. He is headed for one of the elite jobs in college hoops (UNC or Duke).

TenaciousD 9 years, 11 months ago

P.S. I only say UNC or Duke because they have older coaches.

Curtis Stutz 9 years, 11 months ago

You can count me in the "I'll believe it when I see it" crowd as far as UNL becoming a top-tier basketball school. Maybe Miles will win an NCAA game in the next 5 years. Maybe UNL will finish in the top5 in the B1G at some point, wouldn't hold my breath though.

Raymond Wright 9 years, 11 months ago

I agree. I've heard this coach and that coach will do this and that for unl but it never happens. The new arena is going to be great and I'll catch a few big10 games when they get it finished. The ONLY hope they have is the new arena attracting one big name recruit. But even that may not lift the curse that is unl basketball.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 11 months ago

"KU's Director of Basketball Operations" is becoming Coach Self old coaches recovery room.

I wonder how much of Sadler's record at UTEP was riding the recruiting coattails of BillyG?

JHawk74 9 years, 11 months ago

Danny Manning was an old coach in a recovery room? Danny Manning started as the Director of Basketball Operations. What a stupid comment. Self brings in someone who will help the program. We should support Self not question his intelligence.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 11 months ago

My guess by dagger saying "is becoming", he was referring to Hinson and Sadler.

By all means, do not question Self's intelligence. We know that if Self wasn't a basketball coach, he'd be an orthopedic surgeon or explaining quantum physics.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 11 months ago

Definitely not questioning his intelligence, but rather applauding his connections and the ability to staff the program with quality coaches even in non-coaching positions. This is a bit of a change from when seemed the most senior grad assistant was promoted into the position.

Danny Manning is the ying to the yang of the Hinson/Sadler. A quality coach (2B) that wasn't quite ready to get into the full rigors of coaching requirements (recruiting).

The UTEP comment is musings in the direction of the full resume. Seems that Doc may be a better coach than recruiter, but still a great, experienced resource to have on staff.

Thanks HEM

BigBrett58 9 years, 11 months ago

Any friend of Self is a friend of mine.

mojayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Welcome Coach Sadler! Coach Self knows/hires quality and integrity.

yates33333 9 years, 11 months ago

He is considered to be a five person and a good coach. I think he will be another asset for KU. Good Luck Coach Sadler.

He did have to recruit under difficult circumstances at Nebraska.

gchawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I don't know about a five, but definitely a 4 1/2 ! I agree with you, he is a good man who has a somewhat impressive resume. I also agree with BigBrett58, if Coach Self wants him, I want him.

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 11 months ago

Does he have a son who wants to be a walk on? Please say yes!

kureader 9 years, 11 months ago

More likely, Sadler's son (if he has one) is 5'0" ... still like Sadler, though.

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 11 months ago

OK Oakville, time for a list that includes "Doc" as one of the Seven Dwarfs at KU.

RJ King 9 years, 11 months ago

Nominations for The Seven Dwarfs of current NCAA basketball coaching:

  1. Happy - Sean Miller, Ben Howland, Rich Barnes (recruiting)

  2. Sleepy - Roy Williams, Coach K (eyes)

  3. Bashful - Josh Pastner or Brad Stevens

  4. Grumpy - Frank Martin, Jim Boeheim, Thad Motta, Jim Calhoun, Bruce Weber

  5. Dopey - Frank Haith, Quinn Snyder

  6. Sneezy - Coach Cal (rhymes with Sleezy), Scott Drew, Jim Calhoun

  7. Doc - Bill Self, Tom Crean, Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg

And the winners are ?????

Lance Hobson 9 years, 11 months ago

Dopey is Kevin Stallings. And he's a little creepy according to some girls who worked with the team when I was at KU. Grumpy has to be Bob Knight, don't care if he's retired for now. Could also be Roy Williams. Happy - Calipari. Sorry, it's true. Sneezy - Mark Turgeon.

tical523 9 years, 11 months ago

I ALWAYS thought he was a good coach and got great effort and team-work from his Cornhuskers, very very happy he is on the staff. He has fire and a great passion to win.

wrwlumpy 9 years, 11 months ago

This addition, plus Norm Roberts, gives KU a fantastic brain trust. I was hoping Collison could come coach the Bigs, but after last night's game, I'm sure he'll be playing in the NBA for several more years.

Vernon Riggs 9 years, 11 months ago

The Dir. of Ops is a non-coaching position. By guidelines, the DOO is not allow on the court during pratices. It is breaking down film, behind the scene grunt work. Doc will be here for a couple of years and get another chance at a Head Coach position.

wrwlumpy 9 years, 11 months ago

Speaking of Nick, this was the second greatest game in Allen Field House behind last years MU victory. Note the pre-game and half-time honors. Standing O from Vitale and a hug from Barnes for Nick's effort.

RJ King 9 years, 11 months ago

Agree. Last night was joyful. Loved the chemistry - reminded me of his days with Hinrich, etc.

KGphoto 9 years, 11 months ago

I like Doc. I think this is a good job for him if he takes it. He'll certainly help KU reinforce it's defensive dominance, and you know he'll love being on the winning side in AFH for once.

Never understood why Nebraska fired Danny Nee though. He was the best thing that ever happened to that program. No offense to Doc. I know he was a fan favorite and he wanted to win as much as anybody, But Nee was grooming all-conference players, putting guys in the NBA and going to NCAA tournaments. Guys like Piatkowski and Strickland gave us fits. They even won the Big Eight Tournament one year with those two guys. ('93?) A basketball championship... at Nebraska. Danny Nee was a great coach.

Doc will be a great addition to the KU staff though. He's a defensive guru and we'll be better with him and his passion on our sideline.

j_hawkeye 9 years, 11 months ago

Nebraska has an unrealistic sense of who they are. Remember, this is the same university that fired Frank Solich after having a 9-3 season in football. They were used to winning National Championships, and couldn't handle any sort of loss. It doesn't make any sense at all.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 11 months ago

List [as requested by memhawk]: Great Docs in History:

1] Doc Holiday 2] Doc Hollywood 3] Doc Kildaire 4] Doc Livingstone I presume. 5] Doc [Dwarf #4] 6] Doc Severesin 7] Doc Phil 8] Doc Watson 9] Doc "J" 10] Doc Evil 12] Doc No 11] Doc Who 12] Doc Suess 13] Doc Dre 14] Doc Sandler

Honory mention: dry doc, space doc, hickory dickery doc, doc's all folks, doc around the clock, etc.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 11 months ago

PS Doc Howard...Doc Fine....Doc Howard, Doc Howard...Doc Fine...Doc Howard!

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Doc, Doc, give me the news (I got a bad case of lovin you)

Jack Wilson 9 years, 11 months ago

Daffy Doc

Long Doc Dong

I'll have the Mandarin Doc, extra spicy

Vernon Riggs 9 years, 11 months ago

The guy from Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3

LAJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Doc Kevorkian

Doc Oz

Doc Cosby

Doc Ruth

Doc Kissinger

Doc Strangelove

Doc Dog

Sittin' on the Doc of the Bay

LAJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Ah! How could I forget...

Doc Stephen T. Colbert, DFA

RJ King 9 years, 11 months ago

uh, Doc Forrest C. Allen anyone??? (Please don't say, "who's that?")

Tony Bandle 9 years, 11 months ago

Doc from Gunsmoke and every other western ever filmed

Doc Around the Clock

Doc McCoy

Doc U. Mentary

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

E. L. Doc-torow

Baby Doc

Doc from Back to the Future

Doc-tor Demento

Doc Savage

Doc Pomus

Doc in Cannery Row

Post Doc

LAJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

...Ergo propter doc?

Sorry, couldn't help it. :)

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

Never apologize for genius.

Best one of the bunch.

Matt Kenton 9 years, 11 months ago

Great hire, I have always liked Doc Sadler. Just when you lose two experienced minds and personalities in Danny Manning and Barry Hinson, in come Norm Roberts and now Doc Sadler.

And this will be a good move for him. In 3-4 years, he'll have moved his way up to assitant and again be considered as a top head coaching candidate.

jgkojak 9 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic - he is a quality guy and a good basketball mind- he will absolutely run a tight ship.

I like what HCBS has established for that position - making it a place where quality ex-heads can come for a couple years to cool off before taking another position.

Adam Bengtson 9 years, 11 months ago

Why are we still questioning Bill Self at all?

Ben Simonett 9 years, 11 months ago

because blind faith never ends well for the followers.......ever.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 11 months ago

It will be fun to see the steam blowing out of Doc's ears again!!!!

Curtis Stutz 9 years, 11 months ago

I think Self can handle it, he's a decent coach

RJ King 9 years, 11 months ago

again, that position cannot coach in practices or recruit. They handle administrative and personnel tasks, and only appear on the bench during games.

ltownatrain 9 years, 11 months ago

This is actually a great hire. Doc's problem at Nebraska was never x's and o's but instead recruiting. He has an amazing mind for defense so it should be exciting to see what him and Self can concoct.

REHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Bill Self surrounds himself with quality people. I will be pleased to see Doc return home to the Big 12. The turncoat powers what be in Lincoln did nothing but hang him out as an illpaid stepchild, working in a third rate hoops facility.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

Doc is too busy designing Destino trumpets to help Bill.

But it would be good to hear Doc blow at center court for the intros and then say, "Heeeeeeeeeeeeere's Billy!"

jdhawk1988 9 years, 11 months ago

This is Awesome Doc was always the coach I hated playing as he prepared his teams so well.

John Boyle 9 years, 11 months ago

He just seems too angry all the time!!

Can't we all just get along.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

That anger was just his frustration at continuing to wake up in Lincoln.

In Lawrence, he'll be a peach of a guy.

Ben Simonett 9 years, 11 months ago

Can he recruit?

obviously your handcuffed when trying to get kids to nebraska but relative to the presiege of the university did he bring in better than expected talent?

anyone know?

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

So-so, judging from what he dragged into Nebraska.

But he probably won't have recruiting on his duty list.

The real question is: does he have enough elasticity in his wrist tendons to flip the dogs at Bill pool parties?

Charles Shirley 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm not sure that Dir of Basketball Ops is allowed to recruit. There are a lot of NCAA rules about how much interaction certain school officials can have with students/recruits. Recruiting seems to be out of D Basketball Ops jurisdiction. Ops is mostly a desk job.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

"Oklahoma jay's Burt Ends and Round-Up Beans"

~Doc Sadler Director of Basketball Operations?

I don't know if he is experienced enough. He's only had 8 years head coaching experience at UTEP and Nebraska. And I always felt that Barry Hinson was only borderline qualified at 10-12 years of experience. Sadler? He is green wood. No, wait, Doc also HCed a couple years at Arkansas-Ft. Smith. He's cool.


Saw this one coming awhile back.

~Director of Basketball Operations has an unofficial title--The Henry Iba Chair for Recently Fired Okie Ballers Waiting for Their Next Head Jobs :-)

~The biggest question Sadler's hire raises is: what will be Doc's next job? Mid Major head coach, or an assistant to an Okie Baller?

~One thing excites me about the Sadler hire. Sadler is an Eddie guy from back in Eddie's brilliant Arkansas days. Doc will have learned from the maestro back when Eddie had all the brain cells. Eddie created this whole way of playing. Bill couldn't pick Eddies brain until after there was less of it to pick. Doc no doubt will be able to fill in any gaps in what the maestro forgot to tell Bill.

~Doc also ought to be good for some colorful stories about about some colorful characters.

Doc assisted Tommy Suitts at Chicago State in '87-'88. Doc assisted James Dickey at TTech from '91-'94. Doc assisted Bill Frieder at ASU '94-'97 Doc assisted Billy Clyde Gillispie at UTEP '03-'04.

There ought to be enough good stories to keep Self laughing for a couple years.

~Will Doc's rumpled look transform being around the sartorial splendor of Self, Townsend, and Dooley in games? We can only hope.

~Doc's baldness will also help fill the hair-challenged slot Danny Manning's departure creates on the KU bench, also.

~Rock Chalk, Doc! Or will he spell it Dalk while at KU?

Lance Hobson 9 years, 11 months ago

Another possible official title: In-over-my-head dope with no experience whose son got me the job until I can follow him to the NBA for upgraded mooching.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

Post Script on Doc: It might also be good to hire someone who knows where the recent bodies are buried at NU in case KU ever has to tangle with Dr. Tom Albino over anything down the road regarding realignment.

Lance Hobson 9 years, 11 months ago

Solid hire. I can't wait for him to join us in Lincoln to crush whatever stiff they hired to replace Doc. He did well there but Osborne was such a complete moron and fired him despite his have ZERO chance to do any better there. Osborne is one of those clueless idiots who think because they have had success in one area of their life they think they can be successful in every aspect. He is a terrible AD and was probably an even worse politician. To think he could do better in their bball program was laughable. Perhaps that was his Perkins moment.

REHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Bill Self is maintaining a splendid line of people in his DBO slot. Manning, Hinson, Sadler: 3 terrific guys. When I focus on that job I am reminded of the magnificent job Hinson did during the T-Rob crisis. Self salvaged Hinson and Sadler from dead-end former jobs. Hinson wins over 20 games his last two years at Missouri State, is overlooked by NCAA selection committee, and gets fired. Sadler gets buried beneath the Husker football factory, working for nickels in a sordid facility; then gets the axe when NU jumps to Big 10 TV monies and is forced to upgrade hoops bricks and mortar.

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