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Fred Hoiberg

Fred Hoiberg, who coached at Iowa State from 2010-15, is the next head coach at Nebraska. 

Iowa State's participation in March Madness has some added drama — a situation that Nebraska fans are watching closely.

Cyclone men's basketball fans are bracing for the possibility of head coach Steve Prohm moving on to Alabama, as multiple reports link Prohm to his alma mater. Alabama and fourth-year coach Avery Johnson reportedly are in negotiations on a buyout of his coaching contract.

The Journal Star reported earlier this week that Nebraska has had contact with former Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg and that he would be a strong candidate for the Huskers' head coach position should Tim Miles be fired.

Things obviously can change in an instant this time of year. But a potential opening at Iowa State doesn't make Hoiberg-to-Nebraska any less likely. That's what I'm hearing today from sources close to the situation.

Lars Anderson, the former Sports Illustrated writer and native Nebraskan, tweeted Wednesday that Hoiberg will be Nebraska's next head coach, calling it "firm and final." Nothing I've heard from my sources suggests that information is inaccurate, and that remains the case entering the weekend.

Meanwhile, Nebraska (19-16) continues preparation for Sunday night's NIT game at TCU (21-13).

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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