Wednesday March 17th Local Sports
LAS VEGAS — Reports out of Las Vegas say that a longtime Iowa State University assistant men’s basketball coach is heading back to Ames to take over the Cyclones program. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that T. J. Otzelberger is leaving as the head coach of UNLV after just two years to accept the Iowa State job. Otzelberger was twice an assistant at Iowa State, totalling eight years under Greg McDermott, Fred Hoiberg and Steve Prohm. Otzelberger had a record of 29-30 in two seasons at UNLV, including a 12-15 record this season. He previously was the head coach at South Dakota State, where he went 70-33 and reached two NCAA tournaments in three seasons.
AMES — Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard released a video statement on Tuesday regarding the firing of Cyclone basketball coach Steve Prohm. Pollard fired Prohm Monday night after his sixth season at the helm in which Iowa State finished 2-22 overall and 0-18 in the Big 12.
Pollard says he met with Prohm several times over the past few weeks to discuss the future.
Prohm led Iowa State to a pair of Big 12 Tournament titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. But the program slipped in recent years, posting three losing seasons in the last four years.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Iowa Hawkeyes hope the grind of the Big Ten season will be a plus on the NCAA Tournament trail. The Hawkeyes open the tournament Saturday against Grand Canyon. Four of the top eight teams in the final AP Poll are from the Big Ten.
That’s Iowa center Luka Garza, who on Tuesday was named for the second straight year as a First Team Associated Press All-American. Five of Iowa’s losses came to teams ranked above them in the AP Poll.
Tipoff on Saturday is scheduled for about 5:30, with the pre-game starting at about 4:30 on AM-1300 KGLO
CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley says he is responsible for a missed field goal that would have won last week’s game at Southern Illinois. All-Conference kicker Matthew Cook missed a 30-yard field goal in the waning seconds of UNI’s 17-16 loss. Because the UNI-Dome was not available last week the Panthers had to find alternative practice locations and Farley says they did not get enough special teams work.
Farley says when the dome is not available he needs to do a better job of finding a place they can kick.
Farley says they need to find a way to get Cook more consistent practice opportunities.
Now 10th in the STATS FCS poll the Panthers are at home Saturday to host Missouri State.
IOWA CITY — Iowa wresting coach Tom Brands said before the season began that it was important to get to the end. The finish line is in sight. The NCAA Championships begin Thursday in St. Louis, a year after they were cancelled at the start of the pandemic.
Brands says hard work by a number of different people helped pull this off.
The Hawkeyes had a nearly month-long pause due to COVID prior to the Big Ten Championships.
The top ranked Hawkeyes are favored to win a 24th team title. It would be their first since 2010.