Former Bulls coach Hoiberg strong candidate at Nebraska

Fred Hoiberg led the Bulls to one playoff appearance in his three-plus seasons as head coach.

Former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is expected to be a strong candidate for the Nebraska job assuming it becomes available, according to several reports (first by Jeff Goodman of Stadium).

Hoiberg and the Cornhuskers have already made contact, as the discussion is picking up “serious steam,” Chris Basnett of the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Nebraska is expected to part ways with current coach Tim Miles after the NIT.

“While it is unclear who at Nebraska has made contact with Hoiberg, NU athletic director Bill Moos has in the past used intermediaries when contacting football coaches Mike Leach at Washington State and Scott Frost at Nebraska,” Basnett reported. “Should Nebraska move on from Miles, Hoiberg would be perhaps the closest thing to a unanimously agreed-upon solution among Nebraska fans.”

Hoiberg was fired by the Bulls in early December. Before coaching the Bulls for three-plus seasons, he was the coach at his alma mater, Iowa State.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hoiberg may potentially draw interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team for which Hoiberg played for 10 years.

Hoiberg, 46, coached at Iowa State from 2010-15 and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2012. He compiled a 115-155 record as coach of the Bulls.