Despite a major overhaul to a good portion of the roster, Nebraska was picked 12th by the conference media at last week's Big Ten Media Days. Besides returning starters Ray Gallegos and Shavon Shields from last year's squad, the Huskers have added three former D-1 players to the roster, signed a rising international star, and added a junior college All-American point guard to the mix.
"In Nebraska we're not viewed as much, obviously, and I just I don't believe I'm a dreamer," said Miles last week in Chicago. "I see we're picked 12th out of 12th again. And it's not just by you guys. I see it's by everybody. Like anybody, you take that to heart a little bit... I don't think we're going to end up 12th."
After returning to Lincoln, Big Red Report asked Miles to expand on his thoughts from Chicago.
"The only thing I wanted to do was to make a point that I believe in our guys," said Miles. "I believe in what we do and I believe in Nebraska. You can pick us 12th every time. Go ahead and pick us 12th, we aren't going to be 12th.
"I tell our guys sometimes, losing doesn't make you a loser and winning doesn't always make you a winner. How you do business and how you do things is what makes you successful. I believe in our way. It was that simple."
Miles' way led the Huskers to a 15-18 record in year one, three more wins than the previous season, with less talent on the roster. With major additions, especially in the scoring department, it's likely the Huskers will be able to build off last year's win total.
"This team's interesting," said Miles. " We're young. We're impulsive. I don't know if you ever were young or impulsive. But these guys, somebody said, oh, they're going to be like a roller coaster. Said, no, we're going to be like an EKG. I mean, it's going to be an interesting year. I like our guys, though. They have a great appetite for work."
Photos from a Huskers' scrimmage in late September.