Iowa State reportedly hires UNLV hoops coach T.J. Otzelberger

Feb 22, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; UNLV Rebels head coach T.J. Otzelberger reacts in the second half against the San Diego State Aztecs at Viejas Arena. UNLV won 66-63. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UNLV coach T.J. Otzelberger is expected to be named the next Iowa State coach, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Otzelberger, 43, was 29-30 in two seasons at UNLV and had a 70-33 record at South Dakota State (2016-19) prior to taking over the Rebels’ program.

Steve Prohm went winless in the Big 12 and 2-22 this past season at Iowa State and was let go on Monday, a decision the Cyclones said was mutual.

Prohm finished 97-95 in six seasons with the Cyclones, including three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Here’s more of the latest coaching news in college basketball.

–Eastern Michigan head coach Rob Murphy stepped down after a decade running the program to become general manager of the Motor City Cruise, the Detroit Pistons’ NBA G League affiliate.

The second-winningest coach in program history, Murphy went 166-155 in 10 seasons and led the Eagles to the MAC West division title in 2012. Murphy, 47, led EMU to three postseason appearances (2014, 2015, and 2018).

A national search for the program’s 30th head coach will begin immediately, the school said.

–Indiana State named four-time Division II national coach of the year Josh Schertz its new hoops boss.

Schertz comes to Terre Haute after a 13-year tenure as head coach at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., where he had a career record of 336-68 (.831). Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and won 13 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles.

Schertz replaces Greg Lansing, who owned a 181-164 record in 11 seasons but hadn’t led the Sycamores to the NCAA Tournament since his first season in 2010-11.

–Field Level Media