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Big 12 football: Iowa State’s schedule one of toughest in nation

by Berry Tramel Published: July 26, 2011

Paul Rhoads’ wife likes her husband’s job. He likes it, too. So expect Iowa State football to start scheduling down.

“My wife likes our job, and I sort of do , too,” Rhoads said Tuesday during Big 12 media days. “That’s not a direction I’d like to move. A change is in place in 2012 and beyond to get away from that challenging of a schedule.”

In 2010, Rhoads’ second Cyclone football team went 5-7. Iowa State lost to Iowa and Utah in non-conference. This season, Iowa State plays Iowa and Connecticut. Plus this year, Iowa State plays nine conference games, including all the Oklahoma and Texas schools.

“One of , if not the, toughest schedule in college football,” Rhoads said. “It’s very challenging, certainly. When I took the job, I knew this schedule was going to be rough anyway.

“As we move forward, it’s a challenge our kids embrace.”

Iowa State seems committed to competing in the Big 12. A new video system is being placed in Jack Trice Stadium for this season, and a new football facility is being built to open next summer.

“Our administration has always supported us and understands what it takes to be competitive,” Rhoads said. “The environment of Jack Trice Stadium is really going to be enhanced. Having moved into our current facility back in 1996, I knew sooner rather than later we were going to need a new football facility.”

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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