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|Can Doc Sadler and the Cornhuskers field a competitive team in the Big Ten?|
"I'm not great at math but that looks like we spent almost 25% less on Men's Basketball than Creighton did. Our supposed "little brother" athletically, at least in some of our minds. And we wonder why men's basketball is floundering at UNL."As The Dagger's Jeff Eisenberg sharply points out, there are plenty of reasons to doubt Hawks's exact figures, which list Northwestern as the Big Ten's men's hoops spending leader and the nation's fourth-highest spender on the sport in the country. That doesn't sound right. Because schools categorize expenditures so diffusely, these numbers aren't exactly ironclad, let's say. But as Jeff writes, numerical quibbles aside, Hawks's point is nonetheless valid:
According to the World-Herald, Sadler's $900,000 per year salary ranks him 11th in the Big Ten, ahead of only first-year Penn State coach Patrick Chambers. The World-Herald reports that Sadler's three assistants made a combined $379,000 two years ago, which was less than the annual salary of Kansas State lead assistant Dalonte Hill at the time. Additionally, if Hawks is correct that the Nebraska staff doesn't have access to a charter plane for recruiting purposes, that's another significant disadvantage compared to other major conference programs.
The question now facing Nebraska is two-fold: Do the Huskers want to increase spending in basketball in an effort to be more competitive? And if so, does that mean seeing what Sadler can do with a greater budget or starting fresh with a new coaching staff?