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arrowheadnation
03-17-2006, 12:17 AM
Just saw it on ESPN. Here's the story.

Without warning, Iowa State fires MorganBy Andy Katz
ESPN.com


Iowa State abruptly fired Wayne Morgan Thursday night, Morgan told ESPN.com.

Morgan was summoned to a meeting with athletic director Jamie Pollard and president Gregory Geoffroy at 10 p.m. Thursday night. Morgan said he was told at the meeting that he was fired, as was his staff.

Morgan, 55, had been the coach for three years after replacing Larry Eustachy on May 14, 2003.

Iowa State was 16-14 this season, including a 6-10 mark in the Big 12. The Cyclones were 19-12 (9-7 in the Big 12) a year ago, beating Minnesota in the first round and losing to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In Morgan's first season, the Cyclones went to the NIT postseason final four, going 20-13 (7-9 in the Big 12) after losing to Rutgers in the NIT semifinals.

Morgan said his firing this week had nothing to do with a CBS Sportsline report on the Cyclones using a company called D1 scheduling for non-conference games in exchange for recruiting. Earlier this week, Iowa State's backcourt of Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock announced they would both declare for the NBA draft.

Morgan said he was told the basketball program should be the marquee of the athletic department but "we don't think you can do that."

Morgan said, "The only person who had a better first three years here was Tim Floyd."

Morgan was stunned with the news. So, too, was his staff.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

Braincase
03-17-2006, 05:37 AM
Right now Barry Collier looks pretty good to Nebraska fans, eh?

DJay23
03-17-2006, 05:43 AM
Sorry K-State fans, if I were Bob Huggins, I'd go to Iowa State before I went to K-State. Iowa State has been a good program far more recently than K-State.

Skip Towne
03-17-2006, 05:57 AM
Sorry K-State fans, if I were Bob Huggins, I'd go to Iowa State before I went to K-State. Iowa State has been a good program far more recently than K-State.
Yeah, Iowa State is a much better fit for Huggins. Sorry, Saul.

Chief Henry
03-17-2006, 06:06 AM
GO Hawks :IA:

jspchief
03-17-2006, 06:25 AM
How is this bad news for ISU?

SBK
03-17-2006, 11:05 AM
How is this bad news for ISU?

ROFL

Now that's a great response!

shakesthecat
03-17-2006, 11:09 AM
How is this bad news for ISU?

Yep
I work in an office full of ISU ticket holders and not one is upset about this.

SBK
03-17-2006, 11:10 AM
Here's the question, is McDermott going to ISU or to Iowa at the end of the season?

Mr. Laz
03-17-2006, 11:15 AM
Yeah, Iowa State is a much better fit for Huggins. Sorry, Saul.

i doubt that ... huggins is a problem child and iowa state had the issues with Eustachy not too long ago.

i doubt they go for huggins.


i have no idea whether huggins would want K-state or not... just saying they i doubt the ISU wants baggage right now.

shakesthecat
03-17-2006, 11:25 AM
Here's the question, is McDermott going to ISU or to Iowa at the end of the season?


I'm not sure Alford is leaving Iowa.
I know, I've been wishing he'd leave for 3 years now, but I don't think IU wants him that bad.

McDermott should stay where he's at.

The mens basketball program at ISU is a train wreck. Why would anyone want the job?

kcfanintitanhell
03-17-2006, 01:14 PM
On the upside, ISU fans don't have to feel so bad about losing to Hampton in the tourney a few years back-they now have company.

SBK
03-17-2006, 01:30 PM
On the upside, ISU fans don't have to feel so bad about losing to Hampton in the tourney a few years back-they now have company.

ROFL

That loss to Hampton isn't the one that pisses me off, it's the one to Michigan State with the phantom charge/blocking foul on the same play.

kcfanintitanhell
03-17-2006, 01:39 PM
ROFL

That loss to Hampton isn't the one that pisses me off, it's the one to Michigan State with the phantom charge/blocking foul on the same play.

Yep, I think that was the one that got Eustachy off the wagon.

SBK
03-17-2006, 01:42 PM
GO Hawks :IA:

Great game today, did you happen to catch it? :p

jspchief
03-17-2006, 03:54 PM
Here's the question, is McDermott going to ISU or to Iowa at the end of the season?I don't think McDermott is going to be IA's first choice. I think they'll go after the Creighton coach first.

Saulbadguy
03-20-2006, 03:58 PM
Rob Jeter appears to be the man.

htismaqe
03-20-2006, 04:15 PM
I'm not sure Alford is leaving Iowa.
I know, I've been wishing he'd leave for 3 years now, but I don't think IU wants him that bad.

McDermott should stay where he's at.

The mens basketball program at ISU is a train wreck. Why would anyone want the job?

Every indication I've read is that Indiana doesn't want Alford. They want Randy Whitman. I don't blame them.

htismaqe
03-20-2006, 04:15 PM
i doubt that ... huggins is a problem child and iowa state had the issues with Eustachy not too long ago.

i doubt they go for huggins.


i have no idea whether huggins would want K-state or not... just saying they i doubt the ISU wants baggage right now.

Even though ISU appears to have done nothing wrong in this D1 Scheduling deal, it's definitely gonna weigh on Pollard's coaching hire. They're gonna go squeaky clean, IMO. I think they're gonna take a hard look at Fred Hoiberg.

Spicy McHaggis
03-20-2006, 04:58 PM
Earlier this week, Iowa State's backcourt of Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock announced they would both declare for the NBA draft.


Must have missed that when I was out of town. I think that's worse news for the Cyclones than Morgan's firing.

SBK
03-20-2006, 05:49 PM
They're gonna go squeaky clean, IMO. I think they're gonna take a hard look at Fred Hoiberg.

I have no idea if that's a good move or not, but it would sure be interesting. If he was good they could have a home grown star for a long long time.

Saulbadguy
03-20-2006, 05:52 PM
Listen..Rob Jeter is ISU's man. He'll be hired soon.

htismaqe
03-21-2006, 07:42 AM
Rob Jeter just announced that he's flattered at how aggressively ISU pursued him, but he's staying at Milwaukee...

htismaqe
03-21-2006, 07:59 AM
ROFL

This is getting good.

Rob Jeter announced this morning that he's staying at UW-Milwaukee.

Now within the last 10 minutes, ISU has announced a public press conference this evening - fans are invited - to announce a new head basketball coach.

Saulbadguy
03-21-2006, 08:06 AM
I'm not sure Jeter was the right choice. He's had 1 year experience as a D1 HC.

Saulbadguy
03-21-2006, 08:19 AM
Greg McDermott has accepted the Iowa State job.

Saulbadguy
03-21-2006, 08:20 AM
http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/SPORTS02060101/60321006/1003&lead=1

McDermott hired as men's basketball coach at Iowa State
RANDY PETERSON AND TOM WITOSKY
REGISTER STAFF WRITERS

March 21, 2006


Northern Iowa's Greg McDermott has been hired as men's basketball coach at Iowa State, officials close to the search told the Des Moines Register today.

Steve Malchow, Iowa State associate athletic director, confirmed there is a 6 p.m. press conference today at Hilton Coliseum in Ames but declined to confirm McDermott had accepted the job.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball coach Rob Jeter told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper this morning that he plans to remain in Milwaukee.

Northern Iowa coach Greg McDermott is the other coach who has interviewed, Iowa State officials said late Monday.

"I wasn't looking for a job, and they came after me hard, and quick and aggressive," Jeter told the Milwaukee newspaper. "It was flattering, but I'm staying here in Milwaukee."

McDermott, 41, has a 90-63 record and three NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons at Northern Iowa.

The Panthers lost against Georgetown in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Check back at DesMoinesRegister.com for updates throughout the day.

Cochise
03-21-2006, 08:26 AM
Listen..Rob Jeter is ISU's man. He'll be hired soon.

Taco Saul?






:fire:

shakesthecat
03-21-2006, 08:27 AM
That sucks.
I knew McDermott wouldn't stay at UNI forever, but I sure as hell didn't want him to end up at ISU.

He's got a LOT of work to do.

Saulbadguy
03-21-2006, 08:31 AM
Taco Saul?






:fire:
I didn't think Jeter would turn em down. McDermott is the better choice for ISU imo, and that is too bad for fans of other Big XII teams.

sedated
03-21-2006, 09:00 AM
I didn't think Jeter would turn em down. McDermott is the better choice for ISU imo, and that is too bad for fans of other Big XII teams.


I think its good news for the other teams.

This league sucked this year.

We need to get some talented coaches, get the league back to natioanl prominence.

I hope MU gets Huggins, KState gets Mageras, and Nebraska ends up firing Collier

htismaqe
03-21-2006, 10:03 AM
That sucks.
I knew McDermott wouldn't stay at UNI forever, but I sure as hell didn't want him to end up at ISU.

He's got a LOT of work to do.

Not to be TOTALLY politically incorrect here, but I expect it to be EXACTLY the opposite of Wayne Morgan and more like Steve Alford...

Where Morgan recruited the coasts and brought in mostly urban (aka black) players, McDermott will lock down the Iowa kids, who are coincidentally mostly white. :D