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    Nice Article in Omaha WH

    SectioISU Football: Cyclones hope to follow Jayhawks' path
    BY STEVEN PIVOVAR
    WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER



    Iowa State coach Gene Chizik has a deep appreciation for what Kansas and coach Mark Mangino have been able to accomplish.



    Iowa State coach Gene Chizik takes his team to Kansas on a two-game win streak.The Jayhawks have provided inspiration for the Iowa States of the college football world with their climb into the national championship picture. Kansas, 6-6 a season ago, will bring a 10-0 record and national rankings of 3 and 4 into Saturday's home game against the 3-8 Cyclones.

    Mangino's first five seasons in Lawrence produced a 25-35 record and had some observers wondering if he was the right man for the job.

    "Coach Mangino has done a great job of building that program the right way," Chizik said Monday during his weekly press conference. "There's always going to be naysayers when you don't have immediate success. Talk about a guy that stayed the course.

    "He had a system and he recruited the right guys to fit it. Now, he's 10-0. You have to give him a lot of credit."

    Chizik has repeatedly talked about the need to "stay the course" during the rocky points of his first season at Iowa State. The Cyclones bottomed out in a 56-3 loss to Texas on Oct. 13 but have since turned in solid efforts in losses to nationally ranked Oklahoma and Missouri and wins over Kansas State and Colorado.

    Iowa State now has a chance to ruin what Chizik calls "the feel-good story" of the season.

    "In this day and age, everyone, and rightfully so, wants immediate success," Chizik said. "To win nine or 10 games is very hard for the Kansases of the world to do. Two or three years ago, who would have thought they'd be able to do what they've done?

    "Kansas is like Rutgers, like Wake Forest. Those are teams that had a plan, they stuck to it and they rode it out."

    That's what Chizik has tried to do in his inaugural season as a head coach. It hasn't always been easy, especially when the Cyclones opened Big 12 play by getting outscored 133-37 in their first three games or when a losing skid grew to six games before the wins over Kansas State and Colorado.

    Iowa State's improved play over the past month, Chizik said, reinforces to the players that focusing on small things can produce big results.

    "What we've done is not get away from the fundamentals of the game," Chizik said. "They are the things that make you better. When we have not played well, we have not been fundamentally sound — we did not tackle well, we didn't block, we made poor decisions with the football.

    "When we've been good in our fundamental approach, we've shown we can play well and we can play with some of the best teams in college football."

    The back-to-back wins gave Iowa State its first winning streak since early in the 2006 season. What would a third win in a row do for a program trying to lay a foundation for the future?

    "It would be huge," Chizik said. "It would be a phenomenal ending to a season that obviously has not been exactly what we wanted. It would show the growth of this team from the start of the season to where we ended it.

    "A month ago, I told our team that we couldn't change the beginning of the season but that we can try to begin to change how it would end. That's what we've tried to do, and beating Kansas would be a great ending to what wasn't the best start."

    What it wouldn't do is give Chizik a false sense of where his program sits. He said Iowa State needs to continue upgrading its talent at every position. The Cyclones need to get faster on defense and tougher at the line of scrimmage. Finding playmakers on both sides of the line is a priority.

    "I've always said that every recruiting class has to be better than the one before," Chizik said.



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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    story not found when the link is clicked



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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    ISU Football: Cyclones hope to follow Jayhawks' path
    BY STEVEN PIVOVAR
    WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER



    Iowa State coach Gene Chizik has a deep appreciation for what Kansas and coach Mark Mangino have been able to accomplish.



    Iowa State coach Gene Chizik takes his team to Kansas on a two-game win streak.The Jayhawks have provided inspiration for the Iowa States of the college football world with their climb into the national championship picture. Kansas, 6-6 a season ago, will bring a 10-0 record and national rankings of 3 and 4 into Saturday's home game against the 3-8 Cyclones.

    Mangino's first five seasons in Lawrence produced a 25-35 record and had some observers wondering if he was the right man for the job.

    "Coach Mangino has done a great job of building that program the right way," Chizik said Monday during his weekly press conference. "There's always going to be naysayers when you don't have immediate success. Talk about a guy that stayed the course.

    "He had a system and he recruited the right guys to fit it. Now, he's 10-0. You have to give him a lot of credit."

    Chizik has repeatedly talked about the need to "stay the course" during the rocky points of his first season at Iowa State. The Cyclones bottomed out in a 56-3 loss to Texas on Oct. 13 but have since turned in solid efforts in losses to nationally ranked Oklahoma and Missouri and wins over Kansas State and Colorado.

    Iowa State now has a chance to ruin what Chizik calls "the feel-good story" of the season.

    "In this day and age, everyone, and rightfully so, wants immediate success," Chizik said. "To win nine or 10 games is very hard for the Kansases of the world to do. Two or three years ago, who would have thought they'd be able to do what they've done?

    "Kansas is like Rutgers, like Wake Forest. Those are teams that had a plan, they stuck to it and they rode it out."

    That's what Chizik has tried to do in his inaugural season as a head coach. It hasn't always been easy, especially when the Cyclones opened Big 12 play by getting outscored 133-37 in their first three games or when a losing skid grew to six games before the wins over Kansas State and Colorado.

    Iowa State's improved play over the past month, Chizik said, reinforces to the players that focusing on small things can produce big results.

    "What we've done is not get away from the fundamentals of the game," Chizik said. "They are the things that make you better. When we have not played well, we have not been fundamentally sound — we did not tackle well, we didn't block, we made poor decisions with the football.

    "When we've been good in our fundamental approach, we've shown we can play well and we can play with some of the best teams in college football."

    The back-to-back wins gave Iowa State its first winning streak since early in the 2006 season. What would a third win in a row do for a program trying to lay a foundation for the future?

    "It would be huge," Chizik said. "It would be a phenomenal ending to a season that obviously has not been exactly what we wanted. It would show the growth of this team from the start of the season to where we ended it.

    "A month ago, I told our team that we couldn't change the beginning of the season but that we can try to begin to change how it would end. That's what we've tried to do, and beating Kansas would be a great ending to what wasn't the best start."

    What it wouldn't do is give Chizik a false sense of where his program sits. He said Iowa State needs to continue upgrading its talent at every position. The Cyclones need to get faster on defense and tougher at the line of scrimmage. Finding playmakers on both sides of the line is a priority.

    "I've always said that every recruiting class has to be better than the one before," Chizik said.



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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    Quote Originally Posted by isuforlife View Post

    They also do their weekly Big 12 report with rankings by division. Barfknect has ISU at #3 in the North! Long ways from 0-2 and not predicted to win a game all year!



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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    yes and he said Baylor should hire DMac might be good for them



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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    Why does Omaha have better coverage of ISU football than Des Moines?



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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    Why does Omaha have better coverage of ISU football than Des Moines?

    Barfknecht covers the Big12 as good as anyone.... he typically goes to the biggest conference matchup in the Big 12 each week that doesn't involve nebraska (they have enough other reporters covering them). I like how he does a consistent, thorough review each week of the conference and teams... I never see anything like that in the DM fishwrap... but of course they have those ever-so-exciting video blogs from the ISU and Iowa camps... yawwwnn....

    Nice to see Barfy push ISU up to #3 in his weekly rankings! not that it means a whole lot... perhaps something DMac would have mentioned in a presser as a moral victory... "WE'RE #3 IN THE OMAHA WORLD HERALD WEEKLY POLL!" - sorry, DMac did great things but I still get a kick out of how he would spin some things...


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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    After living in western Iowa for awhile, I became accustomed to the OWH having better coverage than the Rag. Not only that, but they covered SW Iowa high school sports. Something that the Rag never did. If you're farther out than a 10 mile radius then you can forget about it.



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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    yeah the OWH is a better paper



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    Re: Nice Article in Omaha WH

    It's a good thing that a person doesn't rely on the Rag for anything outside the US. Good lord, you'd think that the world didn't exist outside of Iowa.



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