Sunday, October 24, 2010

Are you not entertained?

Paul Rhoads celebrating with the fans after knocking off Texas, ISU's first win against the Longhorns ever, first win against a ranked team since 2005, and first road win against a ranked team since 1990! When you consider that the team had lost their last two games by a combined score of 120-27 and this borders on miraculous. Except, not really.

The ESPN Big 12 blog captured part of why Rhoads is such a great fit for ISU with this quote:
"When you’re sitting here on a Sunday night like I was hours ago and you’re looking into the eyes and faces and body language of 105 guys that are trying to do what you ask them to do, but not being met with a lot of success right now, you’re challenged as a leader," Rhoads said on Monday. "You’re challenged to motivate, you’re challenged to teach, but that’s what I was hired to do."
Apparently he found a way to motivate the team which means they are still buying in and working hard. It says a lot about his passion that national media members were already looking forward to the postgame locker room video which helpfully provided. It's kind of interesting that Chizik, with his 5-19 record at Iowa State, is about to take his team to #1 in the BCS rankings. It's definitely not easy to win at ISU and I think it takes a certain mindset and awareness of the challenges you'll face but Rhoads seems to have it.

But, the bottom line for today is that after a horrifying offseason that had ISU athletics staring into an abyss the Cyclones can still manage to bite the hand that threw them the life preserver.


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