Iowa State A.D. Jamie Pollard says basketball coach Greg McDermott will return for a fifth season. The Cyclones open the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City after a disappointing regular season in which they finished 4-12 in the Big-12 and 15-16 overall.

McDermott says he’s had conversations with Pollard throughout the season like he has every season, and his job was never in jeopardy. He says you can’t worry about those things when you are in the season, as you have to coach and prepare your team for the next game while also recruiting. McDermott says you can’t worry about what other people think.

The Cyclones closed the regular season with their most impressive victory by winning at fifth ranked Kansas State. McDermott says they have played some pretty good basketball lately, with none of the losses over five points. McDermott says the win at K-State was something the Cyclones needed.

McDermott credits the team for sticking with it through a lot of diversity and doing what the coaches asked them to do, and he says that led to the reward of the win.