Fred Hoiberg is visiting Chicago this week (PHOTO)

Welcome to Chicago, Fred.

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In case there was any doubt about who the Chicago Bulls are looking at to replace recently dismissed head coach Tom Thibodeau… there shouldn't be.

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, a former Bull and a close friend with front office man Gar Forman to boot, has long been rumored as next in line to steer the wheel in Chicago. It looks like those rumors have at least some truth to them, today, as Hoiberg has boarded a plane eastward to the Windy City:

Hoiberg's visit, in all likelihood, is a little more than a formality. If the Bulls don't announce him as the team's new head coach by the end of the week, you should find some crayons with which to color yourself surprised.

(h/t Bobby La Gesse, Ames Tribune)