Paul Rhoads to Coach Final Game at Iowa State Saturday
Iowa State University has announced that head football coach Paul Rhoads will coach the Cyclone football team for only one more game.
Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard made the announcement earlier this afternoon and also said that both he and Rhoads would be available to speak to the media on Monday. Rhoads was informed of the decision this morning. Pollard will meet with the media at noon Monday in Hunziker Auditorium while Rhoads is already scheduled for a media session at 1:30 pm.
Iowa State's final game of the season, and also the last coached by Rhoads, will be Saturday at West Virginia. The Mountaineers are 6-4. The 11 am game is televised by FS1.
Rhoads will have coached seven seasons at Iowa State. His overall record going into next week is 32-54.
Earlier this season, Rhoads fired offensive coordinator Mark Mangino. I thought Rhoads was classy with the announcement. Clearly, Mangino felt otherwise. He sent the below tweet following yesterday's game:
The tweet, widely regarded as a dig at Iowa State's head man, came just minutes after Iowa State's loss. I guarantee Paul Rhoads will handle this well. He'll say great things about the university, its players, its fans, and what an honor it was to be on the sideline for seven seasons. Rhoads has always seemed like the right guy at Iowa State. He was a terrific spokesman for the university and has always seemed like a great man. Unfortunately, his passion and love for his players can only take him so far. Too many games that could've been victories and usually weren't had become too much for Iowa State and its fans to endure. Yesterday's meltdown was the end. Now, Iowa State will look for his successor. I wish them good luck. Forget coaching... Paul Rhoads will be a difficult man to replace.