The press conference started off by an introduction from athletic director Jamie Pollard, and then McDermott came from the parquet down through Cyclone Alley to the podium.
"Hilton Magic will return, it's just around the corner," said McDermott.
McDermott comes to
"I wanted someone who had a sincere passion to be the next coach, someone who was committed to bringing back Hilton Magic," said Pollard of McDermott.
McDermott said the he is happy to be able to coach in the Big 12 right in his home state.
"I'm one of you. I'm a farm by
McDermott talked about how hard it was leaving UNI, but in the end he knows that he's made the right decision.
"I left a special place to be
McDermott, in his first public
"I had three brothers graduate from here. I can't make fun of them anymore," said McDermott.
McDermott also commented on the
style of basketball that Cyclone fans should get used to seeing in
"Next year's Cyclone team is going to defend. It's all about the team next year," said McDermott.
McDermott won't be making the trip
McDermott was signed to a six year contract with a base salary of $650,000 per year with incentives.
Assistant Coach, North Dakota, 1989-94
Head Coach, Wayne State, 1994-2000
Head Coach, North Dakota State, 2000-01
Head Coach, Northern Iowa, 2001-06
Cascade HS, Cascade, Iowa, 1980-83
Bachelor of Arts,
Born Nov. 25, 1964
Children: Nick (16), Doug (14),
NCAA Tournament Appearances (10)
NCAA Division I (3): Northern Iowa - 2004, 2005, 2006
NCAA Division II (7):