Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will receive no sympathy cards from other Big 12 Conference brethren. He may have received a “hang in there” call or two, however.
The Cyclones lost their eight straight last night and fell to 1-10 in the league.
Hoiberg knew year one of this project would be difficult, but even he is probably puzzled. Iowa State started like a race horse (non-conference games) only to fall into the back of the pack as the race continued.
Iowa State had only a few players to start the year. Every body was important. Injuries and suspensions have hit the Cyclones hard.
Still they have been close in a number of games just to fall short. The breaks are not falling Iowa State’s way. Losing is hard. Sometimes players learn to accept it (not a good thing), but I sense Iowa State players are still battling.
Hoiberg was a successful high school, college and NBA player. He also handled the NBA front office job well. He has the track record.
However, Hoiberg is not in a horse race, but a marathon. He’s just getting started. Unfortunately, there have been few offers of water along the route.