The Bulls are expected to name Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg head coach on Tuesday. Hoiberg met with reporters for short news conference at the Ames Municipal Airport on Monday, before bolting on a plane for Chicago.
“It’s been extremely tough,” Hoiberg told Channel 13 News. “I want to apologize to everybody for just kind of the way it has all gone down at this point. With everything that’s been reported out there, all the rumors, and the speculation that’s been thrown around, it’s been very difficult to deal with that. I have not been able to comment on anything because there hadn’t been anything firm out there. I’m not the type of guy that’s going to lie and say I didn’t have interest. I’m not the type of person to say that there was something done because there wasn’t. A lot of this was going on at time when there was still a lot of things to be played out.”
The former Bulls player was also asked about the Iowa State fans and whether loyalty to Ames has played a role in the process.
Well absolutely [it played a factor]. I don’t think it’s any secret that there’s been several teams that have had interest in the past several seasons. That has been out there but there’s been nothing even close to have happened over the last few years. This year, when this opportunity came about, it was something that interest me greatly,” Hoiberg said. “I understand when you’re going through these types of things, even if you don’t take a position, there’s still disappointment because well is the loyalty there? I get the passion of this place I grew up here, I understand all that. It is such a tough decision and that’s why I have passed up on great opportunities here the past couple years. I think the big thing is, you know the way we structured my contract, I would never have left Iowa State for another college job. It wouldn’t have happened and it wouldn’t have mattered which program would have called, this is where I wanted to be.”
According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Hoiberg’s deal is expected to be 5-years, $25 million.
Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is signing a 5-year deal worth nearly $25M, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 2, 2015