Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard has the perfect response to coaching rumors
Everyone who’s anyone in the NBA says the Chicago Bulls are planning on firing head coach Tom Thibodeau, and most in the know claim Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg will be the Bulls’ choice to replace him.
Hoiberg, affectionately dubbed “The Mayor” during his playing days as a Cyclone and named by this site as the best tweeter among college head coaches, is 115-56 in five seasons with his alma mater. After a 16-16 debut, Hoiberg has guided the Cyclones to four straight NCAA tournaments and two straight Big 12 tournament titles.
Obviously, losing Hoiberg to the NBA would be less than ideal for Iowa State. It’s also inevitable.
A smart, successful 42-year-old college coach with 10 years of experience in the NBA just isn’t going to slip under the association’s radar forever. Especially not with former Butler head coach Brad Stevens’s success with the Boston Celtics.
If you’re Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard, what do you do? You call every booster in your phone book and try to make it as hard as possible for Hoiberg to leave, sure. But you also can’t stop a guy from living his dream, either.
So here, via the Ames Tribune, is how Pollard addressed the situation to a group of Cyclones fans:
“I think everyone needs to take a step away from the ledge. I recognize it’s tough on (the media), it’s tough on the players, it’s tough on fans. At the end of the day, Fred has done a tremendous amount for our institution and the last five years has been pretty special.
“What the future holds, I don’t have that answer. That’s a personal decision he’s got to make and it’s complicated. I think he’s earned the right to be able to deal with it how he sees fit.”
He didn’t plug his fingers into his ears and close his eyes. He didn’t blame Hoiberg or the Bulls or the media. Instead, Pollard treated his head coach and his fans like adults.
Here’s hoping more ADs and head coaches follow his lead this winter.
Video: Have you ever seen an ambidextrous trick shot kicker?
Kicking field goals with your dominant leg is no easy task for the average Joe.
Well Central Florida commit Donald Delahaye is anything but average. Watch him here as he gets two balls to spin vertically without using his hands, and then proceeds to nail a field goal of about 20 or 30 yards – all without the help of anyone else.
Have you ever seen anything like this? Unreal.
Video of the Day – Clemson summer workouts
Video of the Day
Tuesday May 26, 2015
Clemson summer workouts
How many Division I programs made the postseason in football, basketball and baseball?
The NCAA on Monday announced the field for the 64-team Division I baseball tournament, bringing to a close the final postseason field for the major revenue sports in college athletics. Which brings us to our annual tradition of tracking all the programs that reached the promised land on the gridiron, on the hardwood and on the diamond.
Once again, it’s not many.
With 76 teams reaching the FBS postseason and 24 more in FCS, 68 invites given to the Big Dance and 64 more headed to next weekend’s baseball extravaganza, that’s a total of 232 bids given to 247 postseason-eligible Division I football-playing institutions – and only 14 of them made an appearance in all three.
The ACC and SEC led the way with three teams apiece, followed by the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 with two each. San Diego State was the only FBS mid-major to reach all three postseasons, and Coastal Carolina stands alone for cross-sport excellence in FCS.
Athletic directors everywhere, go ahead and forward this to your agents. You’re welcome.
Big 12 (2)
Big Ten (2)
Mountain West (1)
San Diego State
* – Independent in football
While we’re at it, bringing in the three major women’s sports – volleyball, basketball, softball – whittles the list down to two: LSU and Texas.
All the top Memorial Day tweets from around college football
Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who have fought for the freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis, and today Twitter timelines are flooded with people, especially college football programs and coaches, paying tribute to those that have served.
Below, I’ve compiled all of the best Memorial Day related tweets from around college football for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) May 25, 2015
We are forever indebted to the men and women who’ve sacrificed their lives to protect this great country! pic.twitter.com/7KbPF0lqew
— Pat Fitzgerald (@coachfitz51) May 25, 2015
— brent brennan (@coachbrennan) May 25, 2015
— Blake Anderson (@CHbanderson) May 25, 2015
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) May 25, 2015
Happy Memorial Day!!! Huge amounts of Respect & Thanks for those who serve & who have served pic.twitter.com/F5EYP229NH
— Geoff Collins (@CoachCollins) May 25, 2015
— Gamecock Athletics (@GamecocksOnline) May 25, 2015