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Cyclone Tailgate Tour stops in Waterloo; Hoiberg absent

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The Iowa State Cyclone Tailgate Tour made its last stop Tuesday night in the Cedar Valley.

A big crowd was on hand at the National Cattle Congress grounds in Waterloo to see their favorite Cyclone head coaches.

At every tour stop, most of the attention was focused on the head coach who was not there -- men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.

In the absence of Hoiberg, Cyclone assistant T.J. Otzelberger has become a media favorite.

With "The Mayor's" future in Ames still up in the air, Otzelberger is left to answer questions -- like what does he say to recruits?

"We are telling them that they are coming to play for Iowa State - they are coming to play for a program that is rich in tradition, a place like Hilton Coliseum, where it's one of the greatest home courts in college basketball, and coming to play for our fans," Otzelberger said.

"And right now, like I said, Fred's the head coach, and we are approaching that part of it that way," he added. "I think you want students to come to school for the right reasons -- for the university - not what is going on with the coach."

The Cyclone fans are also left to speculate about Hoiberg's future. Many believe his best choice is to stay at Iowa State.

Otzelberger understood the rumor mill.

"In some sports there's speculation every year that goes along with it -- it's part of the business," he said. "And when you are as popular as Fred is and you perform as well as he is and there is not a lot going on right (now) for you guys to report on, it gets more attention."

Hoiberg, who is still rehabbing from heart surgery, is expected to return to the Cyclone basketball offices next week.
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