Less than one week after a thrilling Big 12 Tournament victory, the Iowa State Cyclones were reeling following a season-ending loss to Ohio State on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But this is a business and there are already rumors swirling that Steve Prohm could end up getting swooned by his alma mater, the University of Alabama.
The Alabama basketball coaching job isn’t even technically open yet, but reports began surfacing the past day or so that the program was negotiating a buyout with Avery Johnson, who is 75-62 in four seasons as the head coach.
After Friday’s loss to the Buckeyes, Prohm was asked about the Alabama job and said, “There’s nothing to say. I want to be the best coach at Iowa State, that’s it. My athletic director (Jamie Pollard) is standing right there, he knows that. I love my job. I’m blessed to be here, first and foremost. I love Ames. There is no story. I’m trying to be the best coach at Iowa State and see if I can be here for a long, long time.”
Prohm, a 1997 Alabama graduate, was a candidate for the job when Johnson was hired back in 2015. He also served as a student assistant coach and manager for five years.
Prohm took over the Cyclones after Fred Hoiberg went to coach the Chicago Bulls and is 83-52 in four seasons, with three trips to the NCAA Tournament. He also has won the Big 12 Tournament twice, in 2017, and as mentioned, last week. Prohm’s other coaching stops include Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane and Murray State, where he led the Racers to one NCAA Tournament appearance in four years, while winning at least 20 games in each season.
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