Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm told reporters late Wednesday night that he will meet with Cyclones athletic director Jamie Pollard next week about his job.
Prohm’s comment came after the Cyclones wrapped up a two-win season with a 79-73 loss to Oklahoma.
“One thing I can tell you — so I know there is probably a lot of questions,” Prohm said. “I’ll meet with Jamie next week and we’ll sit down and talk.”
Prohm said that meeting could happen on Thursday of next week. That could be, in part, because Pollard has some duties with the NCAA Tournament selection committee this weekend.
“Jamie and I have had conversations,” Prohm said. “Like I said, we talk all the time. Jamie has a lot going on with selection committee and different things like that to where we’ll meet next week. That’s the most I can tell you with that.”
In fact, Pollard can’t be at the Big 12 Tournament because of his selection committee duties.
This 2020-21 season was, by far, the worst season of Prohm’s tenure, as the Cyclones went 2-22 overall and 0-18 in Big 12 action, the program’s first winless season in league play since before World War II.
Iowa State had back-to-back 20-win seasons after Prohm arrived for the 2015-16 season, as he replaced Fred Hoiberg, who left for the Chicago Bulls. Prohm took the Cyclones to the 2016-17 Big 12 Tournament title, a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the Sweet 16 in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
After a losing season in 2017-18, the program rebounded to win the 2019 Big 12 Tournament, but has had two straight losing seasons, and now three of the last four.
Prohm said he knows that isn’t the standard at Iowa State.
“You know, there are a lot of factors,” Prohm said when asked about why the program is where it is right now. “I’m not going to go into everything, but you and I both know and we all know this record is unacceptable for this program. I’ve said it a hundred times, I’ve said it since I got here. We’ve got an incredible fan base, got great leadership.
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