By: Kayla Mortellaro
UPDATE 7:30 p.m.— Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com is reporting Parker Search [the firm hired by Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard] contacted or tried to contact four coaches, Hornacek being one of them.
Parker Search contacted or tried to contact Brad Underwood/Steve Prohm/Jeff Hornacek/Bryce Drew about Iowa State, sources told @CBSSports.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) June 4, 2015
UPDATE: 12:06 p.m.— The sportingnews.com is now reporting Steve Kauffman, the agent for Jeff Hornacek is on cyclonefanatic.com’s message board to refute reports that Hornacek is not interested in the Iowa State coaching position.
According to Kami Mattioli of the Sporting News, her organization reached out to Kauffman to confirm the authenticity of his message board posts. Kauffman confirmed to the Sporting News that the comments were his words but would not discuss further.
PHOENIX— Head coach Jeff Hornacek is staying with the Phoenix Suns.
Chris Williams of cyclonefanatic.com reported Wednesday that Hornacek’s agent told Iowa State officials Hornacek has “no interest” in replacing Fred Hoiberg as the next Cyclones head coach.
Hornacek was believed to be the front-runner to replace Hoiberg, who left to be the Chicago Bulls head coach. Hornacek was a star with the Cyclones from 1982-1986 where he finished with 665 career assists and 1,313 career points. Hornacek’s No.14 jersey was retired in the rafters at Iowa State in 1991.
As for now, Chris Mannix of SI.com and NBC Sports Radio is reporting former Suns interim head coach, Lindsey Hunter is the leading candidate for the Iowa State job.
Lindsey Hunter has emerged as a candidate for the Iowa State opening, per source. Hunter was an assistant in Phoenix and Golden State.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 3, 2015
Hunter coached 41 games in 2013 leading the Suns to a 12-29 record. Hornacek was then hired to take over the Suns for the 2013-2014 season and is now entering his third season at the helm.