That’s the speculation, with the Crimson Tide reportedly negotiating a buyout with fourth-year coach Avery Johnson and Iowa State’s 2018-19 season finished. Immediately following the Cyclones’ 62-59 loss to Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Prohm was asked about the rumors and reports.

“There’s nothing to say, man,” Prohm said. “I want to be the best coach at Iowa State. That’s it. I mean, my AD (Jamie Pollard is) right there, he knows that. I love this job. I’m blessed to be the head coach here, first and foremost. I love Ames. There is no story. I’m trying to be the best head coach at Iowa State and see if I can be here for a long, long time.”

Pollard was then asked whether anyone representing Alabama had contacted him for permission to speak to his coach.

“No, nobody,” Pollard said. “And I don’t expect there will be, because Coach Prohm’s going to be our coach.

“Steve is a great man. He’s a great fit for Iowa State. We have a great collection of head coaches and he’s one of ‘em. He knows where he’s really wanted, and I’m not spending any time worrying about it.”

Prohm’s history at Bama — he graduated there in 1997 with a degree in education — created speculation the Tide would reach out to him. He also was a team manager under David Hobbs for five years in the 1990s. Hobbs is a special assistant on Prohm’s current Iowa State staff.

Prohm has been successful in replacing popular Cyclone legend Fred Hoiberg, going 83-53 in four seasons and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament three times. He also coached Murray State to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, part of a 31-2 season. Alabama has made the Tournament twice since the 2006-7 season, the latest coming under Johnson in 2018.

Prohm was just paid over $2 million in 2018-19 according to The Des Moines Register (Iowa), and signed a new contract two years ago that runs through June 2022. Alabama is buying out the rest of Johnson’s contract through 2023, reportedly $8 million. Prohm’s existing buyout is around $3.5 million.

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Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.