Thursday May 21st, 2015

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says that head coach Fred Hoiberg has not indicated to him whether teams have made contact about him possibly coaching in the NBA, according to the Des Moines Register.

Hoiberg has been linked to the still-occupied Chicago Bulls head coaching job.

Hoiberg, 42, is 115-56 in five seasons at Iowa State, leading the team to four straight NCAA tournament berths. He underwent successful open-heart surgery last month to replace an aortic valve and is expected to make a full recovery.

During a Tailgate Tour stop in Clear Lake, Iowa, Pollard urged fans who were worried about Hoiberg leaving for the NBA to “take a step away from the ledge."

"I recognize it's tough on you guys, it's tough on the players (and) it's tough on the fans," Pollard said, according to the Des Moines Register.

"Would I say I'm not stressed by it?" Pollard added. "That'd be not telling the truth but at the same time, it is what it is and we've just all got to deal with it—you, me, the players and the fans."

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The Cyclones have won the Big 12 tournament title in each of the last two seasons. In 2014-15, Iowa State finished with a 25-9 record but was upset 60-59 by UAB in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Pollard said that Hoiberg has done “wonders” for the program and has earned the right to have an opportunity to coach at the NBA level.

"Hopefully he will be our coach but if he's not, it won't be the first or the last time a program has had to move forward," Pollard said. "We're far better-suited today for that day then we were five years ago.”

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