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Big 12 football: Heat starting to turn up on Iowa State's Paul Rhoads

by Berry Tramel Published: November 1, 2013

Paul Rhoads is well-liked at Iowa State. No, that's not accurate. Rhoads is well-loved at Iowa State.

He grew up in Ankeny, just down the road from Ames. Rhoads' father, Cecil, is one of the winningest coaches in Iowa high school history.

Rhoads' fiery speeches and his annual upsets have become a source of pride for Cyclone fans.

But Iowa State is 1-6 this season, and no upset seems likely.

Rhoads is 25-33 in his five ISU seasons. He's taken the Cyclones to three bowl games, but all after 6-6 regular seasons.

And looming over Rhoads is the history of Iowa State decisions. Dan McCarney was well-loved, too, and took Iowa State to even greater heights. The Cyclones went to five bowls in the six seasons of 2000-05. But ISU dipped to 4-8 in 2006, and McCarney was fired.

I don't think Rhoads is going to get fired in 2013. But losing makes people do funny things. The heat is on Rhoads to get some wins, starting with Saturday at Kansas State.

by Berry Tramel
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 Oklahoman,...
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