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'Excited' Hoiberg takes over in Ames

Updated: April 28, 2010, 3:18 PM ET
Associated Press

AMES, Iowa -- It sounds like a made-for-TV movie: A homegrown hero nicknamed "The Mayor" returns to resurrect the team he once led to glory as a golden-haired, sharp-shooting star years ago.

The reality is that Iowa State is gambling on Fred Hoiberg, a rookie head coach, to turn around a once-exciting program that has fallen to the bottom of the Big 12 after four straight losing seasons and looks nothing like the one where he starred in the 1990s.

The Cyclones have given Hoiberg a ...

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