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Randy Peterson, rpeterson@dmreg.com

TULSA, Okla. — Steve Prohm possibly returning to his Alabama roots?

Multiple national reports link the successful Iowa State coach to his alma mater — after Alabama administrators and current coach Avery Johnson negotiate a buyout.

Those reports started to surface Thursday night — after Alabama’s season ended with an 80-70 home loss against Norfolk State in the NIT. Johnson has a four-season record of 75-62. His 2018 Crimson Tide made the NCAA Tournament, but there have been reports that he was interested in returning to some capacity in the NBA.

That’s when the Prohm speculation started. He didn’t play at Alabama, but was a team manager for five years in the 1990s under former head coach David Hobbs, who, by the way, is on Prohm’s current staff.

“To be honest, it was just kind of like being an errand boy for the coaches and the players,” Prohm said during an interview with the Register shortly after he replaced Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State. “There were times I picked up coaches’ kids at school and took them to Burger King before practice.

“I loved every minute of it. It was interesting watching how everything came together.”

The Prohm-Alabama reports started coming out about 24 hours before Friday’s 8:50 p.m., Iowa State-Ohio State game in the opening round of the NCAA’s Midwest Regional at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Other names in the rumor stage include Hoiberg and Houston coach Kelvin Sampson.

Prohm has a four-season Iowa State record of 83-52. His Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament title last week in Kansas City. Friday will be Prohm’s third NCAA Tournament with Iowa State.

Prohm signed an amended contract in March 2017 that included $2 million per season, plus $50,000 raises each July. It’s through June 2022. The contract buyout, if Prohm were to leave before the contract expires, is around $3.5 million right now.

“I’m ecstatic,” Prohm told the Register after his contract was amended. “I’m very happy and appreciative of (athletics director Jamie Pollard) and his commitment to my staff, me, and our program.

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“I’m looking forward to a lot more successful years to come.”

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at rpeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

 

Source: Des Moines Register