February 12, 2016

Financial details on Miles and Yori contract extensions

Tim Miles-Big TenTim Miles will make $2,000,080 annually through March 31, 2020. Miles was making $1,652,646 for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Nebraska assistant coaches also received a salary increase.  Recently hired Rashon Burno is the Huskers’ highest-paid assistant at $248,000.  Jim Molinari is making $244,297 after previously making $237,182, and Kenya Hunter is making $243,665 up from $236,568.

Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori, who received a two-year contract extension through 2020, received a raise from $707,000 to $732,913 annually through 2020.  Women’s assistant coaches salaries are Amy Stephens, $171,561; Britney Brown, $150,000; and Dayna Finch, $121,635. All three are under contract through April 30, 2016.

NU women to play NC State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Nebraska vs. Duke in last season's Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska vs. Duke in last season’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska will play North Carolina State on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  The Huskers, who defeated No. 9 Duke, 60-54 in Lincoln on Dec. 3, 2014 in the annual challenge, will play host to the Wolfpack exactly one year after beating the Blue Devils in the series between two of the nation’s best women’s basketball conferences.

“We’re excited about adding another quality opponent to our home schedule this season,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “We know that NC State is a great basketball school with outstanding tradition. I think it is a matchup that our fans and our players will be excited about.”


The young Huskers will expect to have their hands full with a Wolfpack team that returns four starters from last year’s squad that finished 18-15 overall and 7-9 in the ACC. NC State advanced to the third round of the Postseason WNIT, ending its season with an 80-79 loss at Temple on March 26.  It was one of 11 losses by single digits for the Wolfpack last season, including a pair of one-point losses and an overtime setback late in the season.

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Contract extensions for both Nebraska basketball coaches

Tim Miles will coach at the NCAA Final Four

Tim Miles 

Connie Yori

Connie Yori

The Nebraska’s basketball coaches are getting contract extensions. Tim Miles and Connie Yori have had their contracts extended through 2020. Miles receives a one-year extension to an original signing that was good for seven-years and was already extended by one year. Yori’s extension in for two year.

Yori, the 2013 and 2014 Big Ten coach of the year, has led the Huskers to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments while averaging 24 victories over the past four seasons. She’ll start her 14th season later this fall.

Miles is 47-49 through three seasons, and led the Husker men to the NCAA Tournament two season ago and was named Big Ten coach of the year. Last season, the Huskers fell to 13-18. Miles’s salary for last season was just over $1.65 million. Beginning in 2017, his salary will be over $2 million. Yori’s salary last year was $707,000. Financial terms of the deal were not released. The athletic department saying they haven’t been finalized.

Burno hired as assistant basketball coach at Nebraska

Rashon Burno (photo/Florida Athletics)

Rashon Burno (photo/Florida Athletics)

University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced Friday the hiring of Rashon Burno as an assistant coach for the Husker program. Burno comes to Nebraska after spending the past three seasons at the University of Florida under Billy Donovan, who was named the head coach of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder last month.

Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said Burno’s coaching ability and recruiting acumen made him an ideal candidate for the opening on the Husker coaching staff.

“Rashon will be a tremendous addition to our already strong coaching staff,” Miles said. “He is a high-level recruiter and a smart coach. As a former point guard, he will really help out working with our guard play. He is a connector with all people and a high-energy guy. He worked with an elite-level program with Coach Donovan at Florida and brings great experience at the NCAA Tournament, including a Final Four appearance two years ago. Rashon also brings a life story that our players can relate to and that they can learn from.”

During his stint at Florida, Burno was part of two Southeastern Conference championship teams while the Gators reached the NCAA Elite Eight in both 2013 and 2014, while advancing to the  Final Four in 2014. In three years with Burno at Florida, the Gators posted an impressive 81-28 record (.743).

“Rashon is an outstanding coach, teacher and recruiter,” Donovan said. “Nebraska is getting an even better person. I will always be thankful for my time with Rashon, and I know he will be a great asset to Nebraska basketball.”

A former point guard at DePaul, Burno worked with the Florida backcourt players, coaching three Gators to All-SEC honors (Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario and Scottie Wilbekin) in his tenure. Wilbekin became the first Gator guard to earn SEC Player of the Year in 2014.

In Florida’s historic 2013-14 season, the Gators posted a 30-game winning streak that included the SEC’s first-ever 18-0 regular season, capped with the fourth SEC Tournament title in school history. In 2013-14, UF compiled an unblemished 10-0 record in games Burno served as the scout coach, including an early season win against Kansas, a sweep of Alabama, conference wins over LSU and Ole Miss and the NCAA Tournament victory against Albany. UF’s win over Kansas kicked off Florida’s program-record 30-game winning streak.

The Gators also posted an 11-1 record in 2012-13 when Burno handled the opponent scout, including a 5-0 record in SEC regular-season play and an NCAA Tournament victory over Northwestern State. Florida went 29-8, including a 14-4 record in the SEC, during the 2012-13 season, losing in the Elite Eight to Michigan.

As an assistant coach at Manhattan College, Burno helped the Jaspers to a 21-13 record in 2011-12 – the team’s first season under head coach Steve Masiello. The Jaspers added a postseason win in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament to post just the 11th 20-win season in the 106-year history of the program while capping a massive 15-win turnaround for a team that went 6-25 in 2010-11.

Burno, a three-year team captain at DePaul who played for the Blue Demons from 1998 to 2002, reunited with his former head coach, Pat Kennedy, as an assistant coach at Towson University in 2010-11. Burno began his coaching career as head coach at Marmion Academy in the Chicago suburbs from 2007 to 2010, while also serving as an economics and physical education teacher.

During his playing career at DePaul, Burno started 58 games and helped the Blue Demons to two postseason appearances, advancing to the 2001 NCAA Tournament and the 2000 National Invitational Tournament. He finished his career ranked third in DePaul history with 201 steals and was named to the 2001 Conference USA All-Tournament Team.

As a high school player, Burno helped anchor back-to-back national championship runs in 1996 and 1997 at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, N.J., under Hall of Fame head coach Bob Hurley.

Burno and his wife, Ellen, have three children, Micah, Rashon and Braxton.

MVC Player of the Year joins Nebraska women’s basketball

Kyndal Clark (photo/Drake Athletics)

Kyndal Clark (photo/Drake Athletics)

Kyndal Clark, the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year will join the Nebraska women’s basketball team as a fifth-year senior transfer for 2015-16.  Clark, who will officially graduate from Drake on Saturday, averaged 19.3 points per game while knocking down a Missouri Valley Conference-record 116 three-pointers as a junior for the Bulldogs in 2013-14. Clark hit 41.1 percent of her threes on the season, including a scorching 45.3 percent (78-172) in MVC play.

The Webb City, Mo., native started all 98 games of her Drake career, including the season opener against South Dakota in 2014-15, when she scored 17 points in 37 minutes before suffering a season-ending injury.

Clark will have one season of eligibility at Nebraska and will be eligible to play for the Huskers immediately. She produced 1,418 points, 422 rebounds, 270 assists and 171 steals in 98 career games at Drake, while earning All-MVC honors in each of her first three seasons.

“We are thrilled to add a player of Kyndal Clark’s caliber to our program, even if it is for just one season,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “We recruited Kyndal out of Webb City High School, and we are excited to finally get a chance to coach her. She is coming off a pretty significant injury, but when she is healthy she is a talented player. She also can add a lot of leadership to our program.”