Paul Rhoads Has Been Fired At Iowa State after “seven seasons”

Paul Rhoads: Paul Rhoads Has Been Fired At Iowa State after seven seasons
Paul Rhoads: Paul Rhoads Has Been Fired At Iowa State after seven seasons

Paul Rhoads has been fired by Iowa State after seven seasons with the Cyclones, according to Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated.

The announcement will be made to Rhoads’ team later this afternoon, a day after ISU blew a 21-point lead in a 38-35 loss at Kansas State the day before.

Paul Rhoads posted a 32-54 record over seven seasons with the Cyclones, including six consecutive below .500 finishes. The Cyclones made three bowl trips with Rhoads in charge, but none since a 2013 loss to Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl. ISU is 3-8 this season with a game remaining Saturday against West Virginia.

The announcement came after Rhoads’ coaching was mocked by fired former offensive coordinator Mark Mangino in this tweet after ISU lost to KSU on Saturday.

The Cyclones appeared to have turned a corner after beating Texas, 24-0, in one of Rhoads’ signature wins on Halloween night after Mangino had been fired earlier that week. But they then dropped a 52-16 loss to Oklahoma and then blew leads in losses to Oklahoma State and KSU.

Paul Rhoads, 48, a native of nearby Ankeny, remained popular with most ISU fans until the end. His motorcycle rides through the Iowa countryside became legendary among Cyclone fans.

He had served as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh and Auburn before arriving at ISU in 2009. Earlier, Rhoads had served as an inside linebackers and defensive backs coach from 1995-99 on Dan McCarney’s staff with the Cyclones

His job security during struggles in recent seasons was buoyed by success in the annual Cy-Hawk Rivalry against Iowa. The Cylones had won three of the last five games and Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes.

Jack Trice Stadium recently was expanded to 61,500 seats to make it the third-largest stadium in seating capacity in the Big 12 and had become a hot ticket with Rhoads in charge. But the ISU job still is considered as one of the most difficult Power 5 jobs in the nation.

It will be interesting to see who ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard will be able to hire with 12 other FBS schools also looking for new head coaches.

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