Paul Rhoads put Iowa State in the national spotlight with a fiery postgame rant after last week's loss to Texas.
Paul Rhoads put Iowa State in the national spotlight for the first time in years with a fiery postgame rant after last week's 31-30 loss to Texas. Rhoads was reprimanded by the Big 12 for his comments, but his players say they're glad someone has their back, as they get ready to travel to #20 Texas Tech.
Rhoads might be the most popular 1-3 coach in the country, even though this fumble call in the fourth quarter went against him. The fan base has spoken with crowds of at least 50,000 at Jack Trice Stadium for a school-record 16 games in a row.
Athletic director Jamie Pollard fully committed to Rhoads with a contract extension through 2021. The motto for ISU football is "All In" -- and the players are.
"For us, we see that side of him a lot so for us it's not that shocking as it is for you guys to see that," said junior center Tom Farniok. "It's pretty cool. It's cool to know he has your back and it's cool to know he cares."
"He's the same guy every day," said senior defensive back Deon Broomfield. "He's just not acting like that. Coach Rhoads is a guy that wears his heart on his sleeve. That's just coach Rhoads."
"We have seen it before," said freshman kicker Cole Netten. "I would say we were expecting that to happen. We were ready for it."
Iowa State and Texas Tech play at 11:00 am Saturday on Fox Sports One. The Cyclones are 17-point underdogs.
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