Southern Miss hires Doc Sadler

Updated: April 30, 2014, 10:34 PM ET

Former Nebraska and UTEP coach Doc Sadler has been hired as the next coach at Southern Mississippi, the school said on Wednesday night.

"We've hired one of the great coaches in America and a perfect match for Southern Miss in Doc Sadler," athletic director Bill McGillis said in a news release. "He is universally respected by his peers and regarded as one of the great coaching minds and recruiters in the country. Importantly, he will be a magnificent fit in our community. Our students, faculty, alumni and fans will love his engaging and genuine personality."

The news was first reported by ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.

Sadler spent six years at Nebraska before parting ways with the school two years ago. He spent this past season as an assistant on Fred Hoiberg's staff at Iowa State.

Sadler will replace Donnie Tyndall, who left for Tennessee.

"My family and I are very excited to be joining the Southern Miss family. I look forward to being a part of the unbelievable tradition of the Golden Eagle basketball program and building on the great foundation already in place," Sadler said in the release. " I can't wait to meet both our players and fans. We're going to do some special things together."

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