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Williams Blog: Tuberville has fond memories of Rhoads at Auburn

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By Chris Williams, CycloneFanatic.com Publisher Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams

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Tommy Tuberville knows two things about Paul Rhoads.

He can coach. And he sure can ride a motorcycle in style.

“He and his wife both," Tuberville told CycloneFanatic.com on Tuesday. "That was the first thing that I noticed after hiring him, was his motorcycle.”

Rhoads was Tuberville’s defensive coordinator at Auburn during the 2008 season.

“We’re very similar on defense as far as how we coach and teach," Tuberville said. "We’re both defensive guys. We believe in simplicity, speed and letting the kids play.”

“He’s a veteran coach. He knows how to handle players. He knows how to recruit. He has a lot of enthusiasm and can motivate. Ninety-nine percent of coaching is knowing how to stay young in a young man’s world.”

Rhoads got the best of his old boss last year in Ames, as Iowa State beat Texas Tech 52-38. This season, the Cyclones will head to Lubbock on Oct. 29.

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Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also served as a columnist for the Ames Tribune, a reporter for CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio in Shenandoah, Iowa. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever, Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.