Colorado State will name Miles head coach

Updated: March 22, 2007, 9:59 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Colorado State named former North Dakota State head coach Tim Miles as its men's basketball coach, the university confirmed Thursday.

Miles will replace Dale Layer, who was fired after seven seasons. Miles met with the team earlier Wednesday.

"Last night I met with some guys [at North Dakota State] that mean a lot to me,'' Miles said during a news conference. "I'm not going to coach them any more. I am going to miss them. They are going to do well."

Miles led the Bison to a 20-8 record as a Division I Independent, including a nonconference win at Marquette this season and 99-71 in six years at North Dakota State. Previously, he was 78-39 in four years at Southwest Minnesota State and 35-22 in two years at Mayville State. Last season, Miles led the Bison to a win at Wisconsin.

"But today is about the future and today is about putting Colorado State on the national map. As I look at this job I see great intangibles, I see great resources, I see great prospects," Miles said.

Miles was a finalist for the UNC-Wilmington job last year but withdrew and received a five-year contract extension. He took over the Bison six years ago and has put them in position to be a consistent D-I winner.

Miles takes over a CSU program that finished 17-13 overall, 6-10 in the Mountain West Conference, and could lose 7-foot junior Jason Smith to the NBA draft in June.

"We expect him to win. We expect him to win not only our conference, but we expect him in March to be at the NCAA Tournament where we're not today," Colorado State President Larry Penley said.

Meanwhile, NDSU could look to assistant coach Saul Phillips to replace Miles. Phillips arrived at NDSU from Wisconsin, where he was a member of Bo Ryan's staff.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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