Multiple media outlets are reporting that Iowa State University’s Greg McDermott could be named the new head men’s basketball coach at Creighton.
Omaha TV station KMTV broke the story late Sunday night saying McDermott has accepted a 10 year, $9 million deal. However, the Omaha World Herald is reporting that an offer has been made, but McDermott told Creighton officials he wanted to sleep on it before making a decision on Monday. The Creighton position was vacated by Dana Altman who left the Blue Jays after 16 years to accept the head job at Oregon.
McDermott had been under fire at Iowa State after posting losing records in his first four years in the head coaching position. It was announced Saturday that Altman was leaving for Oregon.
Altman was not Oregon’s first choice. The school, wen after Mark Few of Gonzaga, Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon, Butler’s Brad Stevens and Missouri’s Mike Anderson. At Creighton, he became the school’s all-time leader in coaching victories. Eleven years in a row, Creighton won at least 20 games. The past decade, Altman’s name has come up in speculation for several jobs, including Illinois, Arizona State, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Georgia and Penn State.