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Pollard announces McDermott leaving ISU men's basketball team for Creighton job

Iowa State men's basketball coach Greg McDermott is leaving the Cyclones to take the head job at Creighton University, some 160 miles west in Omaha.

ISU Athletics Director Jamie Pollard confirmed that McDermott is leaving Ames.

“I know this was a very difficult decision for Greg and his family,” Pollard said in a statement from ISU. “The contract terms that Creighton offered him and an opportunity to coach his son were significant factors in his decision. We wish Greg the best of luck at Creighton.”

McDermott's son, Doug, who signed with Northern Iowa, now will follow his dad to Creighton, according to reports. The younger McDermott helped Ames High School win the past two large-school state championships.

Creighton has scheduled a 10:30 a.m. press conference on Tuesday to announce the hiring of McDermott. He replaces Dana Altman who was introduced today as Oregon's new coach.

Iowa State men's basketball players were called to a meeting at 3:30 p.m. today to address the Cyclones head coaching vacancy.

Pollard said he will immediately begin a search for McDermott's successor, and will have no further comments.

McDermott's program at ISU was at best in flux. After recording four losing seasons with only one upset of a ranked team, just a handful of players remained on the ISU roster. Two assistant coaches left after the season, and two new ones were hired within the past few days. They are Nick Nurse, former coach of the Iowa Energy in the NBA Developmental League, and former Cyclone All-American Jeff Grayer.

Nurse has been told he can return to his former job at the Energy, if he so desires, according to the Des Moines Register.

McDermott, who finshed his fourth season at ISU in 2010, formerly coached in the Valley at Northern Iowa five seasons. The Cascade, Iowa, native and UNI alumnus led the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament three times (2004-06).

McDermott has a 149-131 record in nine seasons as a Division I coach. He also has coached at North Dakota and Wayne State of Nebraska.


  • Dr. Chris Johnson 5 years ago

    McDermott never won first in the MVC, which should have been a minimum achievement to even earn a right to coach ISU. Pollard should NOT make the same error in judgment a second time. He was an average to poor Big 12 coach whose teams lacked teamwork, basic skills and es spirit de corp (good players left).

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