A meeting, a magazine, a comedian and a sign: how Fred Hoiberg's path back to coaching ended in Lincoln

2 May 2019

As everyone expected with this whole thing, you can pin the success of Nebraska basketball's coaching search on American Airlines and Larry the Cable Guy.

OK, yes, it took more than that to get Fred Hoiberg on a stage in front of more than a hundred people on the third floor of Memorial Stadium for his introductory press conference as the Huskers' next head man.

But sometimes you need a sign.

For Hoiberg and wife Carol, that sign came at 40,000 feet in the air. Flying home from watching son Jack's Michigan State team play in the NCAA Tournament, Hoiberg pulled an American Way magazine out of the seat pocket in front of him and flipped directly to a page filled with an interview of Larry the Cable Guy talking about Nebraska and an article singing the praises of the state.

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