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Iowa State Football Visitors – January 13, 2007

Posted by isuisu on January 13, 2007

Iowa State will be hosting 8 football recruits this weekend. The following is a list of the scheduled visitors:

QB Phillip Bates 6-2, 189 lbs
Omaha, NE (North) – Iowa State commit

LB Anthony Green 6-0, 220 lbs
Missouri City, TX (Fort Bend Marshall) – Iowa State commit

WR Alex Sandvig 6-0, 168 lbs
West Des Moines, IA (Valley) – Iowa State commit

LB Curtiz Mathis 6-3, 215 lbs
Harvey, IL (Thornton Township)

CB Allen Bell 6-2, 190 lbs
Independence, KS (Independence CC) – Mississippi commit

OT Kelechi Osemele 6-5, 298 lbs
Houston, TX (Langham Creek) – UTEP commit

Chris Weir and David Anderson are also visiting. I don’ t have any information on these two at this time.


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Iowa State Head Football Coach – Gene Chizik

Posted by isuisu on November 28, 2006

Gene Chizik was named the head coach at Iowa State University earlier today. Chizik was one of the most sought after assistant coaches in the country.

Gene was the Defensive Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach for the 2005 Texas national championship team. In 2004 he was given the Broyles award for being the top assistant coach in the nation. Auburn was 13-0 that season and Chizik was the Defensive Coordinator for the top scoring defense in the country.

When the search began Jamie Pollard promised to hire a coach that would excite the fan base. Mission accomplished.

Greg Geoffrey and Jamie Pollard are committed to making the Cyclone football program one of the best in the country. The hiring of Gene Chizik and the commitment to raise the assistant coaches salaries to 1.5 million is all the proof I need.

Want to know more about the new Cyclone head coach? Here you go.

Gene Chizik
Age: 44
Wife: Jonna
Children: identical twin daughters Landry and Kennedy and son Cally
Hometown: Clearwater, FL
College: Florida 1985
Graduate Degree: Clemson 1991
Years in Coaching: 20

2006: Texas (9-3) Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator
Defense: Total Defense: 291.92 (23) Pass Defense: 233.08 (100) Rush Defense: 58.83 (2) Scoring Defense: 17.83 (26)

2005: Texas (13-0) National Champions, Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator
Defense: Total Defense: 302.92 (10) Pass Defense: 172.00 (8) Rush Defense: 130.92 (33) Scoring Defense: 16.38 (8)

2004: Auburn (13-0) Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach, Broyles Award (Top Assistant Coach)
Defense: Total Defense: 277.62 (5) Pass Defense: 173.46 (8) Rush Defense: 104.15 (12) Scoring Defense: 11.31 (1)

2003: Auburn (8-5) Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach
Defense: Total Defense: 281.62 (5) Pass Defense: 189.00 (23) Rush Defense: 92.62(7) Scoring Defense: 16.31 (9)

2002: Auburn (9-4) Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach
Defense: Total Defense: 328.15 (26) Pass Defense: 186.46 (26) Rush Defense: 141.69 (46) Scoring Defense: 17.77 (13)

2001: Central Florida (6-5) Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach
Defense: Total Defense: 307.36 (16) Pass Defense: 178.00 (15) Rush Defense: 129.36 (37) Scoring Defense: 18.55 (13)

2001: Central Florida (7-4) Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach
Defense: Total Defense: 323.82 (28) Pass Defense: 192.91 (23) Rush Defense: 130.91 (37) Scoring Defense: 20.09 (32)

1998-1999 Central Florida, Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach
1996-1997 Stephen F. Austin, Defensive Coordinator
1992-1995 Stephen F. Austin, Linebackers Coach
1990-1992 Middle Tennessee State, Defensive End Coach
1988-1989 Clemson, Graduate Assistant
1986-1988 Seminole High School, Defensive Coordinator / Inside Linebackers Coach

Defensive mastermind, a rising star in the coaching ranks, recruiting ties (Texas, Florida & Big 12 country), should assemble a top-notch coaching staff, young & ambitious, familiar with Big 12, WOW factor

Negatives: No head coaching experience, offense?

“Size is definitely overrated. Speed is the great equalizer.” Gene Chizik quote

“You’ve got to stop the run, be physical and then be solid in your coverage issues. You can’t let a team that throws it 70 times a game make you into a finesse team. You have to be physical.” Gene Chizik quote


Gene Chizik Presser Part I

Gene Chizik Presser Part II

myABC5: Gene Chizik Named Head Football Coach at ISU


Gene Chizik Bio

Gene Chizik Wikipedia

Learning the “Tampa Two” defense from Tony Dungy and Monte Kiffin

Gene Chizik Rivals Profile
Gene Chizik Quotable

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Coaching Search Profile: Brian Kelly – Central Michigan Head Coach

Posted by isuisu on November 25, 2006

Who is Brian Kelly? He is the current head football coach at Central Michigan that appears to be a front runner for the same job at Iowa State and Michigan State. Kelly’s Chippewas defeated Buffalo 55-28 earlier today. Central Michigan will play the Ohio Bobcats for the MAC Championship next Thursday.

Would you be excited to have him as the next head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones? Do you need to know more about him? We have you covered.


Brian Kelly
Age: 45
Hometown: Chelsea, Mass.
College: LB at Assumption College

2006 Record: 8-4 (7-1) MAC
Offense: Total Offense: 372.09 (38) Pass Offense: 238.27 (25) Rush Offense: 133.82 (61) Scoring Offense: 27.18 (39)
Defense: Total Defense: 353.55 (75) Pass Defense: 271.27 (84) Rush Defense: 136.27 (61) Scoring Defense: 23.64 (67)

Central Michigan records – 2004 (4-7), 2005 (6-5), 2006 (8-4) Overall record: (18-16)

Grand Valley State Overall record – (118-35-2) in 13 seasons
2002 Division II National Champions (14-0)
2003 Division II National Champions (14-1)
Had a 32 game winning streak in the final three seasons

Positives: Won two national championships, a rising star in the coaching ranks, runs a spread offense, has a good history developing quarterbacks, may open up recruiting in Michigan and Wisconsin, has recruited well in Florida, ISU probably isn’t a stepping stone

Negatives: No WOW factor, can he put together a quality BCS coaching staff?, can he recruit against the big boys?, can he get the running game going, 75th ranked defense doesn’t inspire confidence

Link: Brian Kelly Bio

Video: Brian Kelly Presser

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Seperated at Birth: Jay Norvell and Jackie Chiles

Posted by isuisu on November 21, 2006

Jay Norvell to Bret Meyer “I didn’t tell you to run the QB draw, who told you to run the QB draw?”

Jay NorvellJackie Chiles

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Mike Lacey – Letter to the Gridiron

Posted by isuisu on November 3, 2006

The following is a must-read from Cyclone Gridiron Club President Mike Lacey.

Cyclone Football…….
……needs you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Evening Gridiron,

As they say…..”when the going gets tough, the tough get going”……and it is time for all loyal Cyclone football fans to get going and to “circle the wagons”. 

I don’t believe, for one moment, there is anyone who is more loyal to Cyclone Football than the members of the Cyclone Gridiron Club.  Why do we belong to this Club?  We belong because we love football.  We belong because we want football at Iowa State to succeed and to thrive. And I believe the members of the CGC will do everything they can to help make this happen and especially by showing their support for the young men of Cyclone Football.  This team, like all Cyclone teams, are entitled to your total suport.  They deserve no more and they deserve no less!!!!. 

You and I know that these young  men want to win as much as, and probably more than, any of us.  They play their hearts out, and they give their all, including their bodies, for their team, for you and for all Cyclone fans each and every week.

Have you ever heard of another team that has 3 starting receivers AND the starting running back sidelined at the same time?  Then throw in a season ending injury to one of the best defensive backs in the league.  Add to that all of the early season injuries to a young defense.  Luck is not on our side.  But loyalty is!!!!  

We can’t control injuries, we can’t control a schedule which has us playing some of the best teams in the country who have more money for football than we have in our total budget.  We can’t control the weather.  But we can control ourselves.  We can control what we say to others.  We can control how we act.

Now is not the time to sit back and do nothing.  Now is not the time to “boo” when something happens you do not like.  I firmly believe that if a fan is booing his or her team then that fan needs to find another past time.  If you are booing the coaches who hears you?  It is more than the coaches.  It is the players and it is everyone who can hear a TV sports report and who can read a newspaper. 

I truly believe that the one thing true Cyclones fans have is class and I believe the members of the Gridiron Club have as much class as anyone.   Leave the negative to the “band wagon” supporters and the so-called “fans” of other Universities.  You would not belong to this Club if you did not have more substance than a band wagon supporter.  

Now is not the time to sit home on game day because your team has not won as many games as you would like.  Now is not the time to be critical of your coaches.  If you think the coaches need to go, save that for the end of the season and talk to someone who can make a difference.  Don’t just complain to those who happen to be around you.

A Gridiron Club is not for the fair weather times.  The true need for a Gridiron Club is when the chips are down and the day is getting darker.  NOW IS OUR TIME!!!  Let’s do everything in our power to help our team win these last 3 games.  They deserve our utmost support!!  YOU ARE GRIDIRON.  YOU ARE LEADERS!!!  LET’S SHOW IT THIS SATURDAY AND EVERY FOOTBALL SATURDAY!! 




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Iowa State Football Official Visits (October 21, 2006)

Posted by isuisu on October 24, 2006

Iowa State had two juco cornerbacks from Navarro Community College (Texas) in for official visits this past weekend.

S Patrick Resby – Four Stars, interest from Utah, Louisville, Kansas, TCU

and CB Dustin Calhoun

Navarro is 5-3 on the season

S #49 Patrick Resby 6-2, 195 lbs (8 games played)

2006 stats: 42 solo, 25 assists, 67 total tackles, 3 FF, 1 interception

CB #23 Dustin Calhoun 6-0, 180 lbs (6 games played)
2006 stats: 33 solo, 12 assists, 45 total tackles, 5 interceptions, 1 TD

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Photos of Juco Visitors (October 7th)

Posted by isuisu on October 13, 2006

Here are photos of all the juco visitors at last weekends football game:


Jamicah Bass is a verbal commitment.  He chose Iowa State over offers from Arizona, NC State and Oregon.  He has rushed 49 times for 297 yards and 5 TD this season at El Camino CC in California. is reporting that CB Da’milyn Tanner has also verbally committed to play at Iowa State.  He  is a teammate of Bass at El Camino.  Tanner had 6 interceptions in 2005 and has 3 interceptions in only 3 games this season.   He is  rated the #38 juco prospect in the nation by

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Cyclone Gridiron Club Flags

Posted by isuisu on October 11, 2006

I picked a Cyclone Gridiron Club flag up on Saturday and they are awesome. What is even better is that I helped the Cyclone football program by purchasing the flag.  Here is a photo of the flag.

Are you ready to show your Cyclone Gridiron Club pride? The CGC is pleased to now offer a flag to fly high and proud at your home or over your tailgate. The photo shows an example of the flag which is 3′ x 5′ and has 2 grommets that are sewn in. The cost of the flag is $40 and they can be purchased at the Gridiron Club tailgate starting this Saturday. The flags can also be shipped for a $5 charge. Please email Todd Smothers at for more information or to reserve a flag. Thanks and GO CYCLONES!!

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Jamicah Bass Photo

Posted by isuisu on October 10, 2006

RB Jamicah Bass was in Ames last weekend for the Nebraska game.   Here is a photo of Jamicah at the game:

Jamicah Bass Photo

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Did Da’milyn Tanner Commit This Weekend?

Posted by isuisu on October 10, 2006 is reporting that El Camino Community College DB Da’milyn Tanner has committed to play for the Iowa State Cyclones.  Tanner is 5-10, 170 pounds and is a a four start prospect according to Scout.

Da’Milyn Tanner Photo

Here is a link to Da’Milyn Tanner’s profile on

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