After leading his alma mater to 28 wins and its first Big 12 tournament title since 2000, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg has been rewarded with a $600,000 raise as reported by the school. Hoiberg, whose team also made the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2000, will now receive an annual salary of $2.2 million with the new deal going into effect on May 1. With Hoiberg’s original deal averaging $2 million per year, that average is now up to $2.6 million per year.
“We are pleased to come to terms on a revised contact with Coach Hoiberg and his agent so quickly,” Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard said in the release. “We hope our commitment to him will keep him at Iowa State University for the rest of his career.”
There were no other changes to Hoiberg’s contract, which is of particular interest to those who may be concerned that at some point an NBA franchise could come calling. According to Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune, Hoiberg would have to pay the school $500,000 if he were to leave Iowa State for a head coaching job in the NBA. Hoiberg’s buyout to move to another school, by comparison, is $2 million.
Hoiberg and his staff lose DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim from this year’s team, which fell to eventual national champion UConn in the Sweet 16. But they do return forwards Georges Niang and Dustin Hogue, along with backcourt contributors such as Monte Morris, Naz Long and Matt Thomas.
Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.
“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”
McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.
“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.
Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.
And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.
The biggest shock to me?
The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.
They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.
Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?
Here is the rest of the AP Poll:
1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)
DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas