Fred Hoiberg knows the track record of Nebraska basketball coaches isn't good. He wanted the job anyway.
The curse of the Cornhuskers stretches back 70 years. That's how long it's been since they won their most recent conference championship. They own the distinction of being the only Power Five conference school to have never won a game in the NCAA Tournament. They're 0-7 all-time, and they've made one appearance in the last 20 years.
Hoiberg doesn't see a history of failure as much as he sees a future full of potential.
''I think Nebraska has everything it needs,'' Hoiberg said in an interview with The Associated Press. ''The one thing they don't have is the tradition as far as winning in the NCAA Tournament. If I didn't think we could get there and build that, I wouldn't have taken this job. For us, it's about looking for the right players. Two things I think are very important when you're recruiting are great fan support and great facilities. I think we have as good as anybody in the country in those two areas.''
Nebraska has ranked in the top 15 nationally in attendance each year since 15,000-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena opened in 2013. Season tickets for Hoiberg's first season were sold out in August. The Hendricks Training Complex opened in 2011 and has been used as a model for a number of NBA practice facilities.