Are Rhoads Explosions Taking Toll On Iowa State?

This week a less-than-private debate in and around Ames, Iowa, has broken out about the behavior of Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads during Texas A&M’s 33-17 win over the Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium last Saturday.

Paul Rhoads explodes at official during Iowa State Texas A&M game

Rhoads was seen on the ESPN telecast late in the second quarter exploding at an official in a scene that featured the Iowa State Coach Triple Jumping his way into a display that also included a Pete Townsend windmill and was topped off with a demonstrative pelvic thrust that’d make Madonna blush. (Okay, maybe not.)

Rhoads has long been known for emotional displays, but apparently last Saturday was a little too much for some Cyclone followers - and media members - to take.

When asked by a reporter on Monday if he went “over the top” during Saturday’s game, Rhoads stated:

“I am an animated guy. I am a passionate guy. Coaching football is my livelihood and fighting for our football team and most importantly our kids and the opportunity to win football games is my responsibility. I love that. I’ve never made any apologies for who I am or how I do it and I never will.”

Rhoads was also asked if he thought his emotional style of coaching may have an adverse effect on his players. Rhoads:

“I think that our football team is fully aware of who I am. I yell. I cry. I laugh,” Rhoads said. “If you ask me if it had an adverse effect or a negative effect on them, I would really highly doubt that because they see it on a daily basis. I don’t change from Wednesday to Saturday. They know what they’ve got.”

If Iowa State had beaten Texas A&M 33-17 instead of losing by the same score, is it unreasonable to think those questions may not have come up on Monday?

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Video: Welcome To Mack Brown Postblame Show

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to observe that Mack Brown embarrassed himself at his postgame press conference after his Texas Longhorns embarrassed themselves in a 28-21 home loss to Iowa State Saturday.

(V.Y. wasn’t surprised)

During flustered remarks to a soft-tossing media, Brown literally blamed everyone but himself for the loss to the Cyclones.

Mack Brown postblame show

Don’t believe me? Watch the video.

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Hey Texas Tech Fans: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Fun’s Gun’s up!?

Craig James EGO

Thank goodness Craig Tech got a defensive specialist in there … just in time for Iowa State to score the most points in a single conference game by a Cyclone team since 1972.


Senator: Use Feds, IRS To Stop Conference Chaos

It’s a given that prominent politicians from states adversely affected by the possible dissolution of the Big 12 will attempt to use their governing power to block such conference re-alignment.

Charles Grassley Stumping For Iowa State

With Iowa State seemingly screwed by the demise of the Big 12, first up with material threats of such action is U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa.

The DES MOINES REGISTER reports today:

(Grassley) said options could range from asking the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a review of whether the changes violate federal anti-trust laws — something U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the ranking member of the Senate anti-trust committee, brought up Wednesday.

Serious consideration also could be given, Grassley said, to introducing legislation to end the federal tax deduction permitted to college athletic contributors.

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Iowa State Confirms Nebraska Football Is Not Back

Nightmare game for Nebraska today, as the Huskers lose at home to sad sack Iowa State 9-7.

Iowa State Shoots Down Lincoln, Cornhuskers

The big comeback against Mizzou two weeks ago hinted that Nebraska football may be back on the rise, but two ugly losses in a row at home has thrown the program back down the stairs.

Andy Roddick Omaha native in disbelief over Huskers loss to Iowa State

(Dude is from Omaha)

I’ll keep saying it Coach O.: Turner Gill?

Nebraska Fan After Iowa State Loss

Lakers Win Due To No Goaltending Call On Gasol?

• The Lakers had a tougher time in Game 2, needing overtime to beat the Magic - and no goaltending calls on Courtney Lee’s final regulation shot.

Paul Gasol, Lakers

• Could Pacman Jones be wocka-wocka-walking back to the Cowboys?

Chad Johnson Ochocinco embraces his newfound “Mexican” heritage by already planning his 1st TD celebration - hanging a pinata on the goalpost & whacking it with an end zone pylon.

• Hope you Memphis Redbirds fans have fun tonight during Stubby Clapp Appreciation Night!

• Recently retired Rodney Harrison rants about how the NFL is turning soft & pansy-esque.

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Jilted ISU Fans Harass Wrestling Legend’s Family

Recall, if you will, the collective jaw of the sports world hitting the floor in April when Iowa State’s superhero, Cael Sanderson, decided to leave ISU for the relatively unheralded Penn State. While most of the wrestling world pointed and laughed at ISU, Cyclone fans were livid, and probably rightfully so.

Cael Sanderson Happy
(”Hey, let’s make this guy feel unwelcome. What could go wrong?”)

One tiny problem: he’s still in Ames as we speak, working on things like summer wrestling camps. And as the CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE notes, it’s probably not a good idea to give jilted fans multiple months to get their Glenn Close on, whether it’s to you, your wife, or your infant sonRead more…

ISU Icon Sanderson Disses Cyclones For Penn St.

In all of college wrestling history, there’s been exactly one person who’s ever gone his entire career without losing a single match: Cael Sanderson. The native Iowan, Iowa State alum, and Iowa State head coach is, quite simply, the face of Iowa State wrestling’s past, present, and future. He even made it onto a Wheaties Box–and that was before he won a gold medal in 2004. He is, in all likelihood, the most beloved son of Iowa (sorry, Tom Arnold and Ashton Kutcher).

Cael Sanderson box
(Yeah, that autographed box is probably a little less valuable in Iowa today than it was yesterday.)

Oh, did we accidentally use the present tense? Yeah, let’s just do a find/replace and toss in some “was”es instead, because, as KCCI reports, Sanderson just peaced out and went to Penn State. For an idea of how surreal a move this is, imagine if Phil Jackson left the Lakers and went to… well, hell, Penn State. And if you’re thinking, “Hey, Iowa State, didn’t they already choke away a coach under hilarious circumstances recently?”, yes, yes they did. Read more…

Mensa Man Tries to Bring Spread to Lowly Iowa St.

There’s a delicious nugget of irony to the news that according to the DES MOINES REGISTER, Iowa State’s new offensive coordinator, Tom Herman, is A) a member of Mensa International and B) trying to implement a brand new spread offense at ISU. That is, of course, that any idiot can tell that his plan is doomed to failure from the start.

ISU uniform ripoff
(Just because you dress like the USC Trojans doesn’t mean Pete Carroll’s on your sideline.)

You see, Herman’s idea is good … if you’re living in 2002. As of about 5-10 years ago, the spread offense came to be known as a jumpstart for teams of inferior talent, a way to generate excitement and maybe a few upsets. The problem is, as Chris Brown (definitely not him) of the very aptly named SMART FOOTBALL puts it:

[The spread] has morphed from an equalizing offense, one used by less talented programs to level the playing field, to one that merely amplifies the latent talent, so talented teams can expose mismatched defenders but there are now fewer opportunities for less talented teams and the spread may not be well situated for these “up-and-coming” programs now that it is so popular.

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Ex-Party Animal Eustachy Gives Back $25K Bonus

Southern Mississippi gave Larry Eustachy a second chance after the former Iowa State coach’s career had gone belly up in 2003 after photos of him partying with students at Missouri came to light. At this point, I think it’s fair to say that his comeback has been a bust (and not a beer bust, either). After leading Cyclones to two NCAA tournament appearance in five seasons, he has yet to get the Golden Eagles to the post-season in his first four seasons, and at 14-14 it isn’t happening this year either.

Larry Eustachy

So THE NEW YORK TIMES says that Eustachy did the right thing: he gave back a $25,000 bonus he had earned through ticket sales and various incentives. Granted, he kept his $380,000 base salary, and this might be seen as a cheap way to generate some goodwill and avoid being fired, but still: that’s about 3,000 12-packs of Natural Light we’re talking about (plus enough left over to keep the Omega Chi fire pit going all semester).

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