Pederson Says Collier to Stay

Athletic Director Steve Pederson and Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm issued the following statement on Sunday night, announcing that Barry Collier will remain the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Nebraska.

“In an overall view, finishing in the top half of the Big 12, being the No. 6 seed in the tournament, and winning 19 games represents significant improvement from a year ago. The missing ingredient now is an NCAA Tournament appearance.

We have seen other signs that indicate improvement. The play of some young players is reason for optimism as they continued to improve throughout the season. We were also in full support of a difficult personnel decision that Coach Collier had to make during the season.

The success in the Big 12 Tournament is quite possibly the next step in turning the corner. We beat an excellent Oklahoma team, the No. 3 seed in the tournament and a top 20 team, and did it in impressive fashion.

Barry Collier is a fine man and excellent representative of the University of Nebraska . He does things the right way, he works hard, he has an excellent staff and his players’ actions are in line with how we believe a program should be run.

Do we have high goals for this program–absolutely. Do we believe this program can be a consistent NCAA Tournament team—absolutely. Do we value people of high character and great work ethic—absolutely.

This is not an easy conference to break into the top tier, and we don’t want to stop Coach Collier and his team’s progress when it appears to us we may be on the verge of that breakthrough. Our goals are to build something that will become consistently great. We believe Coach Collier should be given more time to achieve that goal.”