Former UTEP basketball coach Doc Sadler resigns as Southern Miss head coach

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Former UTEP men’s basketball coach Doc Sadler announced his resignation as the head men’s basketball coach at Southern Miss Thursday afternoon.

“I just, at this time, I do not want to be a head coach,” Sadler said at a press conference.

In his five years with the Golden Eagles, Sadler led USM to a 62-94 record while dealing with sanctions brought about from the Donnie Tyndall era. 

In his final season, Sadler led the team to 20 wins and was a game away from the Conference USA championship game. 

“I don’t want the responsibility, and every day that it requires,” said Sadler. “I don’t want the responsibility of being the person that’s holding thirteen players accountable in every area that there is.” 

According to the El Paso Times, Sadler coached the Miners from 2004-2006 and went 48-18. He also led UTEP to the NCAA and NIT tournaments during his tenure.

As for what’s next for Sadler, it is widely believed that he will return to Nebraska as an assistant under head coach Fred Hoiberg, and he addressed those rumors Thursday.

“It’s been reported that I’m going to Nebraska, and I’ll tell you right now, that’s probably a good possibility.”

Newly named Athletic Director Jeremy McClain says that they’ll begin the search for a new head coach immediately, as they hope to get that position filled April 17th, which is National Signing Day.

“I want to thank Doc Sadler for his time, effort, and commitment to the University of Southern Mississippi and our men’s basketball program,” Southern Miss Athletics Director Jeremy McClain said. “He inherited a very difficult situation five years ago but has done an outstanding job putting our program in a positive position going forward. We wish him and his family the very best on the next step in their journey. Our attention now turns to the student-athletes within our basketball program and to find the right leader to help them continue to grow as athletes and men.”

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