It has been more than a week since former Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall signed on to become the head man at Tennessee, but now, Southern Miss has reportedly settled on a successor in former Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler.
Southern Miss has hired Doc Sadler, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 1, 2014
Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports the move as of Wednesday evening, and this is a big-time hire for the Golden Eagles program. Tyndall put together a 29-win season in 2013-2014, but Sadler sustained a decent amount of success at Nebraska (101-89 record in 6 seasons), and he is a household name for a school that isn’t necessarily considered a national basketball power.
Still, there are high expectations at Southern Miss given their recent success (they have won 20 or more games in five consecutive seasons), and it isn’t a great set-up in the short term with the Golden Eagles losing four starters. Sadler is a skilled tactician, however, and he should be able to succeed, regardless of the talent level that he is presented with in his early time at the university. Sadler leaves the Iowa State bench, where he was serving as an assistant under Fred Hoiberg, and he should succeed in his new gig.