I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
As this points out, http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/84330/hoiberg-contracts-suggests-nba-next-stop, the terms of Fred Hoiberg’s new contract indicate a departure for the NBA is a far more likely scenario for the Mayor than jumping to another college hoops program. Hoiberg (or, more likely, his new employer) would have to pay $2 million to get out of his ISU deal but a mere half million would be required for Hoiberg to go to the pros. It makes sense, too. Where else would Hoiberg even want to coach in the college ranks than Iowa State? His relationships with the higher-up in Ames would have to seriously go south for him to even think about leaving his hometown and his alma mater. The NBA, however, is a whole different ballgame. That’s the pinnacle. Hoiberg played for a decade, was an assistant coach for a short spell and a personnel man for a few years before coming back to Ames. So it’s not uncharted territory for him. Except for being a head coach and the highest levels. He’s proved doubters (including myself) wrong with his coaching acumen and I’ve seen several analysts who know much more about the game point out the NBA-style strategies Hoiberg has thrown out from time to time. It may only be a matter of time before an NBA organization comes calling and when that time comes, we know he’ll be listening.