Cyclone Roundup: Day one LINKS from Dallas

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By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams  

Links from day one of Big 12 football media days in Dallas, beginning with your Iowa State Cyclones.


— Read everything that Paul Rhoads had to say by CLICKING HERE. What did I think about Rhoads’ first official media outing of the 2012 season? CLICK HERE for that blog. — Cyclone Fanatic 

 Andrew Logue tackles the obvious big story of the day from an Iowa State standpoint. Shontrelle Johnson has been cleared to play in 2012.Des Moines Register 

— More notes from Logue, who spoke with Rhoads about the quarterback competition and more. — Des Moines Register 

— Iowa State is the Big 12’s "little engine that could," writes Bobby La Gesse. — The Ames Tribune

— Paul Rhoads rightfully won the award for "saddest moment" in David Ubben’s best of day one awards. —

— NBC’s CollegeFootballTalk.comweighs in on Iowa State’s quarterback competition. — College Football Talk

— There aren’t many pundits who believe Iowa State will be a bowl team in 2012. Steve Deace does. Read his 2012 college football preview by CLICKING HERE.  

— Berry Tramel investigates northern schools recruiting Texas now compared to 15 years ago. — The Oklahoman 

— Are Iowa State and West Virginia now rivals? Paul Rhoads believes so. — The Charleston Daily Mail

— Iowa State’s quarterback competition is the opposite of Oklahoma State’s writes Berry Tramel. — The Oklahoman 



— Big 12 commish Bob Bowsby reacts to the NCAA’s sanctions on Penn State.Des Moines Register 

— After going 13-12 during his first two years in Lubbock, Tommy Tuberville believes 2012 will be the year that his Red Raiders turn the corner.The Oklahoman 

— More on Tech from Berry Tramel, who looks at Tubberville’s new hire at defensive coordinator.The Oklahoman

— Another Tramel link….The Big 12’s new boss wants to see the league play a stronger non-conference schedule. — The Oklahoman

— The Oklahoma Sooners are on one heck of a big win drought right now writes Steve Greenberg.The Sporting News 

— Oklahoma running back Dominique Whaley recently got cleared to play in 2012. —

— A Big 12 football question and answer session.The Tulsa World 

— Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein just got married.Kansas City Star

— TCU is about to take its seat at the grown-ups table. Are the Horned Frogs ready?Kansas City Star


Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is 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 ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. 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.