Nov. 10, 2010

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -Nebraska coach Doc Sadler goes into Friday's opener against South Dakota with strong support from athletic director Tom Osborne.

Osborne told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Sadler's job security is not an issue this season, regardless of the team's record. Osborne said Sadler deserves an opportunity to recruit to the new practice facility that opens next fall. The Cornhuskers move into a new arena in 2013.

Sadler is 70-58 in four years at Nebraska, but just 23-41 in the Big 12 with no finish higher than seventh place. The Huskers haven't won a conference title since 1950 or appeared in the NCAA tournament since 1998.

Osborne said Sadler has never used the school's aging and limited facilities as an excuse for not being more competitive.

"He's never asked for anything," Osborne said. "When you figure most of the schools in the Big 12 have practice facilities or are completing them, it's pretty hard to recruit. When you don't have a huge tradition in basketball and your facilities aren't as good as some other people... We're going to have facilities with the addition of the arena that will be in the upper 10 percent nationally."

Osborne said Sadler has done a good job considering the numerous player injuries and other personnel issues that have plagued the program.

"In order to have team chemistry and the ability to play together as a cohesive unit, it takes a little time," he said.

The Huskers were 15-18 last season, with a 2-14 Big 12 record that set a school record for conference losses. They're picked to finish 10th in their final Big 12 season before they move to the Big Ten.

Sadler is hoping experience gained by young players last year pays off this season.

"I think he's got a chance to be a factor to be reckoned with in the Big 12," Osborne said. "I certainly don't mean to say he should be favored or anything like that, but he should have a good team."