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    Jim Criner

    My dad and I were chatting about Jim Criner not that long ago, so I decided to do some Google research on that "era" of as it predates my earliest detailed memories of Cyclone football (1989 and Blaise Bryant).

    I ran across this LA Times article from 1989 that I thought others might find interesting. It includes a lot of good information related to the NCAA sanctions that Iowa State was dealt and the surrounding drama.

    COACH'S LAMENT : Iowa State's Criner Wasn't Prepared for the Storms That Blew Cyclones' Way - Los Angeles Times


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    Re: Jim Criner

    Note in the article it talks about Frank D'Alonzo's role in the debacle which was my years at ISU. Looks like he was cited again at the Pitt for paying players.

    Sports | Ex-Pitt Coach Reportedly Gave Players Money | Seattle Times Newspaper

    Then, look what he did in his after-coaching life. Once an offender, always an offender. Dirtbag!

    Impact Owner Arrested on 14 Counts of Fraud | CaryCitizen



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    Re: Jim Criner

    Quote Originally Posted by denmyster View Post
    Note in the article it talks about Frank D'Alonzo's role in the debacle which was my years at ISU.
    Yeah, I thought that was interesting. Even more interesting that Criner submitted himself to multiple polygraph tests to prove he knew nothing about D'Alonzo's actions.



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    Re: Jim Criner

    I think Criner was the victim of having a dirty assistant.



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    Re: Jim Criner

    Another thing that I found interesting regarding Criner: In the book "Here's Johnny Orr" by Gene McGivern, Johnny is asked about his relationship with the football coaches. After talking about how he "really liked Donnie Duncan", he says the following about Criner:

    "Jim Criner was a different experience entirely, different than anywhere I'd ever been. I think he's a very knowledgeable football guy, but he basically tried to do everything himself. Boy, he had a lot of changes in (assistant) coaches, about 20 or so, and something hand to be wrong. I think it was like something you'd see in the movies where he thought, 'You have to win or you'll be fired.' One time I tried to explain that to him, but I don't think he believed me. That was a difficult period there."

    ...Sounds like Criner must have been a very difficult guy to get along with.



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    Re: Jim Criner

    Sounds to me like he was the most recent coach who didn't "settle for mediocrity." Win or GTFO. Many fans around here should have loved him. That's the kind of attitude we need.



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    Re: Jim Criner

    The era didn't predate me, but about all I remember is 195 lb linebackers and sorrow.



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    Re: Jim Criner

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    The era didn't predate me, but about all I remember is 195 lb linebackers and sorrow.
    To be fair, creation barely predates you.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    To be fair, creation barely predates you.
    With age comes wisdom, grasshopper



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    With age comes wisdom, grasshopper
    It should have


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    It'll happen for me in another year or two, I just know it



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    Re: Jim Criner

    I remember when they announced Criner as head coach, there had been a state high school football meeting and when the coaches got back, they said that some of the college coaches there stated Criner would make ISU a winner, but ISU would be on probation within 5 years.


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    Re: Jim Criner

    Quote Originally Posted by WLCY View Post
    I remember when they announced Criner as head coach, there had been a state high school football meeting and when the coaches got back, they said that some of the college coaches there stated Criner would make ISU a winner, but ISU would be on probation within 5 years.
    So if that's the case, he must have had some dirt on him coming out of Boise State. What's the story there?

    By the way, are you a WL native?



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    Re: Jim Criner

    Still there


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    Re: Jim Criner

    Jim Criner. Cheated. Still loss. enough said.



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