Prohm following loss in Fort Worth: “This isn’t what the fanbase deserves.”

Feb 9, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm looks on during the first half against the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State lost to TCU 79-76 on Tuesday to drop the Cyclones’ Big 12 record to 0-9. It was another frustrating and close loss, bringing the team’s current run to three-straight losses of that variety dating back to last week’s losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma.

This loss prompted Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm being asked about his future with the program for the first time this season.

“Obviously, there’s no question about it. This isn’t what the fanbase deserves,” Prohm told reporters, according to The Des Moines Register’s Travis Hines. “This isn’t what the administration deserves. It wasn’t what anybody signed up for. Disappointed, no doubt about it. There’s nobody bothered by it more than me and my family. Believe me. I promise you that. I eat, sleep and drink this game trying to get us better. I’m focused on that.”

The loss in Fort Worth dropped the Cyclones to 2-11 on the season and extended the program’s conference losing-streak to 13 with the last win coming against the Horned Frogs on Feb. 25 of last year. Iowa State is now 18-45 in Big 12 play since the start of the 2017-18 season, including the Cyclones’ .500 run through the Big 12 regular-season in 2018-19, which culminated with a Big 12 Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth.

In Prohm’s time at Iowa State, he has compiled a 97-85 record, three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 berth in 2016, and two Big 12 Tournament titles. The Cyclones have not finished above .500 in Big 12 play since the 2016-17 season when they ultimately lost to Purdue in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tuesday’s loss more or less guaranteed that streak will extend to four years with only eight games currently left on the schedule.

“I’m going to work like crazy,” Prohm said. “Over the last 10 years, we’ve had amazing moments. Over the last five years here, we’ve had some amazing moments. I’m going to get home, I’m going to work, I’m going to focus on getting the team better and it’s going to take care of everything. I believe that with all my heart. I know we’re doing things the right way. We’re going to break through. I understand this isn’t acceptable. We’ve got to be better.”

Jared Stansbury


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