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Fred Hoiberg speaks to reporters at a Chicago Bulls press conference June 2, 2015. Fred Hoiberg speaks to reporters at a Chicago Bulls press conference June 2, 2015.
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CHICAGO (KWWL) - It's official: Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State University's head basketball coach, was named the head coach of the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

The announcement was made at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Chicago. KWWL's Brad Hanson was there.

Hoiberg, known as "The Mayor" at ISU, will reportedly get a 5-year, $25-million contract.

"This has always been my dream -- to coach in the NBA," Hoiberg told media gathered in Chicago. "I've always run an NBA-type system."

His perusal of that goal -- and the Bulls pursuing him -- has been the worst-kept secret in sports for weeks. It was finally put to rest Tuesday.

"I love (the Bulls') roster, I love this versatility," he told reporters, giving credit to recently-ousted Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

It was not immediately clear who would be the next head basketball coach at Iowa State. ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

"On behalf of Iowa State University, I want to personally thank Fred (Hoiberg) for restoring a proud tradition to Cyclone men's basketball. When Fred interviewed five years ago, he outlined a plan for how he would bring back the magic to Hilton Coliseum. He certainly delivered on that vision and has built a championship program in the process. We owe him our sincerest thanks.

"Although Fred's connections to Iowa State are evident on so many fronts, he has always expressed a desire to coach in the NBA if the right opportunity presented itself. We are happy that he'll realize his personal dream and wish him success going forward.

"We're excited for the future of Iowa State basketball as we have an outstanding group of young men preparing for what should be another terrific season, and we embrace the opportunity to identify a new leader for the Cyclone men's basketball program.

"ISU President Steven Leath and I will conduct a national search for a new coach, and we are confident that our basketball program will continue on the upward trajectory it has established. We are energized to capitalize on the momentum of our program as we pursue a new coach at Iowa State.”

As in other coaching searches, the Iowa State Athletics Department will not have further comment on that process until a new coach is introduced."

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