In what was just a formality, the Chicago Bulls officially announced former Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg as their new coach on Tuesday. Hoiberg, who was 115-56 at Iowa State, will replace the recently fired Tom Thibodeau as Bulls coach.
Hoiberg certainly has a lot of ties to the Bulls, having played for the team for four years while also having a good relationship with general manager Gar Forman. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Hoiberg’s new contract is worth $25 million for five years.
Now the focus shifts to who may replace Hoiberg in Ames.
CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein said there is a disagreement between Iowa State’s athletic director Jamie Pollard and ISU administrators in regard to how the Cyclones should go about replacing Hoiberg. Pollard wants to keep continuity going by naming assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger as the new coach, while the administration wants to make a “splash”
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As we reported on Friday, Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger has a “full support” of Cyclones’ athletic director Jamie Pollard, but several other sources said school president Dr. Steven Leath wants to hire a “brand name” for the position.
“He feels the level of the job has changed since Fred got here,” one source said of Leath. “He wants to bring in someone with some pedigree. It’s a battle of wills right now.”
Another source told CBSSports.com that Pollard was going to meet with Iowa State’s players Tuesday about the best possible way to fill the vacancy.
Whoever is tabbed as new coach will be handed the keys to a shiny new car, as the Cyclones are expected to contend for the Final Four next season. Iowa State returns key players in Georges Niang, Jameel McKay and Monte Morris, as well as adding talented transfers in Hallice Cook and Deonte Burton.