Posted at: 03/28/2013 4:45 PM
Updated at: 03/29/2013 5:29 AM
By: Darren Wolfson
If University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague and senior associate athletic director Mike Ellis had gotten their way, Dinkytown would have had a "mayor."
According to two sources, the vacant Gophers men's basketball head coaching job was Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg's if he wanted it.
However, late Thursday night Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard announced via Twitter that Hoiberg had signed a long-term contract to remain at the school.
"Excited to share w/ #CycloneNation Coach Hoiberg has agreed to a 10 year, $20 million contract to stay a Cyclone!," said the tweet from Pollard's @IASTATEAD Twitter account.
Hoiberg later confirmed the news on his own Twitter feed.
"Once a Cyclone, always a Cyclone!
Thank you President Leath and Jamie Pollard for believing in me!," read a post on Hoiberg's @ISUMayor32 Twitter account.
Both sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Teague had spoken with Hoiberg, and told him every amenity -- practice facility, more access to private jets, etc. -- was a guarantee.
Hoiberg, 40, has Minnesota ties, having played for the Timberwolves from 2003 to '05 and subsequently worked in the team's front office.
He played from 1991 to '95 for Iowa State in Ames, where he's affectionately known as "The Mayor," and returned to coach his alma mater in 2010.
The Cyclones were 16-16 in Hoiberg's first season, then improved to 23-11 and 23-12 the past two years, advancing to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament each season.