Source: Sadler to be named next Nebraska coach

Updated: August 8, 2006, 12:46 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

UTEP coach Doc Sadler is expected to be named the next head coach at Nebraska, a source told ESPN.com on Monday.

The university has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon.

Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson and assistant AD Marc Boehm flew to El Paso on Monday to fly Sadler back to Lincoln to meet university Chancellor Harvey Perlman, the source said.

Sources confirmed that Sadler met with Nebraska officials Sunday at a neutral site, which multiple media outlets identified as Denver.

A source close to Sadler told ESPN.com that UTEP athletic director Bob Stull was expecting to hear from Sadler late Monday if Sadler decided to take the job were it offered.

A source close to Sadler said he would accept the job if offered.

Sadler talked with Pederson and Boehm at the Double Pump retreat last week in Los Angeles. Pederson and Boehm also spoke to George Washington's Karl Hobbs. Nebraska officials officially asked for permission to speak with Sadler, Hobbs and South Alabama's John Pelphrey but have only met separately with Sadler since the L.A event.

Sadler coached the Miners to the NCAA Tournament in his first year with the program. UTEP made the NIT last season.

Sadler will become the second straight UTEP coach whose tenure in El Paso lasted just two seasons. Billy Gillispie coached the Miners from 2002-04 before accepting the head coaching position at Texas A&M.

When Sadler leaves, Stull is expected to talk to assistants Randell Dickey and Tony Benford, who just arrived a few weeks ago but has strong ties to the region after recruiting in Texas for New Mexico and Arizona State. He is from nearby Hobbs, N.M., and played at Texas Tech in the mid-1980s. Former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson may have some local suport since he is from El Paso.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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