When Doc Sadler was named head men’s basketball coach at Southern Miss back in 2014, he didn’t ask for what came next. Postseason bans, ineligible players, and scholarship reductions made his job one of the hardest in the country.
And yet, that’s what makes his departure from USM so bittersweet, having finally turned the corner in his fifth and final year with the program.
Today, Sadler announced he was resigning from his post on a high note after a taxing five year run with the Golden Eagles, culminating with a 20 win season in 2019.
Overall, Sadler led the Black and Gold to 56 wins and 94 losses amidst the turmoil left behind by Donnie Tyndall.
Sadler made his decision public alongside new director of athletics Jeremy McClain where he confirmed the possibility of returning to Nebraska as an assistant under Fred Hoiberg as first reported by huskeronline.com yesterday.
Sadler is also considering other coaching options as well as a break from coaching altogether. Whatever his future is, it’s not as a head coach anywhere. “A culture needs to be built here that is a championship culture. I wasn’t able to do that the first two, three, four years because we just tried to have a team with five guys on the floor. And I’ve spoken to you about the sanctions and all that, yeah, okay, we’ll deal with it. But building a culture, and that’s the part that takes a lot of, a lot of energy because it is something every day. I’ve got to hold somebody accountable, and that gets old.”
McClain says he hopes to have a new coach in place by national signing day on April 17th, but says a realistic timeline might be more like ten days.
Next season will be the first time USM will be at full scholarship capacity since the Tyndall era.