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    Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    I found this story...it's long, but if really worth the read. It tells what can happen with the right coach at the right time. I see a lot of similarities in Paul Rhoads and Johnny Majors. Who knows what's next.

    Iowa State Football Arrives
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    Growing up in the New York Metropolitan area, it was pretty easy to fall in love with football. I had the privilege of being able to watch two hometown professional teams every weekend on television. I know that is pretty common anymore, but I'm talking back in the 60’s.

    Besides watching the Giants and Jets, every Saturday I'd sit in the stands with my parents and watch my three brothers play high school football. With Mike graduating in '64, Ray in '67, and Rich in '69 we were able to watch one of my brother’s play for the whole decade.

    They were all good football players in high school, but my brother Ray was the one that would bring fame to our hometown. By the end of his junior year he began receiving offers from different University's around the country.

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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    By the start of the fourth quarter a major upset was in the making. Iowa State was winning by two touchdowns. At that time, being up on Oklahoma that late in the game was almost a certain victory. Barry Switzer's Sooners ran the Wishbone-T and were not known as a passing team. While everything was in place for a miracle there was still 15 minutes of football to be played.

    The Sooners started the quarter with a quick score and still with a lot of time on the clock, the Cyclones led 21-14. With the ball back in their hands, the Cyclones began moving, slowly but surely, down the field and the clock began to dwindle down. With a little under eight minutes remaining Iowa State scored again and had re-opened their two touchdown lead to 28-14.

    Clyde Williams Stadium began to roar with excitement. Everyone knew that Oklahoma couldn't throw the ball we began smelling the sweet smell of victory against one of the premier schools in the Big 8. Yes, a miracle was going to take place. But for Cyclone fans it would be a nightmare. OU's quarterback, Jack Mildren threw the ball with such accuracy; it was like he did it all the time. It was the eighth game of the year and Mildren had thrown about 15 passes all season. Against Iowa State, in that fourth quarter he would eclipse that total.

    With about five minutes left, OU had cut the score to 28-21. They surprised everyone in the stadium by not trying an on-side kick. Five minutes were all that separated Iowa State from having probably its biggest victory in school history. Now it was OU's defense that stepped up and stopped the Cyclones on three plays. The ensuing punt was a thing of beauty. The Sooners had the ball with three minutes to play and roughly 70 yards to go for a touchdown.

    Mildren continued his mastery of throwing the ball and OU moved the length of the field in a little over a minute. With one minute and 57 seconds left in the game, the Sooners scored on a 15 yard pass play. The stadium that for most of the day was loud, all of a sudden became quiet. Switzer would go for 2 points and the Sooners got it. The final score - Oklahoma 29 Iowa State 28.
    Same ****, different century.


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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    So choke jobs are nothing new to us...



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    Thanks for posting this, great article. The first game I attended was 1976...good football teams back then. If we do find the right coach, hopefully PR is the man, how do we hang onto him and staff? Where was Johnny Majors and Earle Bruce from? They both moved on. I hate to make comparisons to those from the East but Hayden Fry managed put a good staff together, he stayed, and built some tradition...that's what we need, a 10-15 year (one year at a time) span with winning and stability. Go Cyclones.


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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    Quote Originally Posted by sclotz View Post
    Thanks for posting this, great article. The first game I attended was 1976...good football teams back then. If we do find the right coach, hopefully PR is the man, how do we hang onto him and staff? Where was Johnny Majors and Earle Bruce from? They both moved on. I hate to make comparisons to those from the East but Hayden Fry managed put a good staff together, he stayed, and built some tradition...that's what we need, a 10-15 year (one year at a time) span with winning and stability. Go Cyclones.
    well Johnny Majors was from Tenneessee and Earle Bruce was from Ohio....

    Both were great coaches who saw NO future at Iowa State and to their credit moved on to greener pastures of Pitt and Ohio State....


    If you want coaches of this caliber to stay in Ames you are outta luck unless you can pay four million a year...

    When your stadium seats only 45,000 you will always have a problem paying top notch coaches aka majors and bruce what they can command on the open market....



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    Don't know if it's just me, but I can't find the link...



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBobby View Post
    well Johnny Majors was from Tenneessee and Earle Bruce was from Ohio....

    Both were great coaches who saw NO future at Iowa State and to their credit moved on to greener pastures of Pitt and Ohio State....


    If you want coaches of this caliber to stay in Ames you are outta luck unless you can pay four million a year...

    When your stadium seats only 45,000 you will always have a problem paying top notch coaches aka majors and bruce what they can command on the open market....
    When everyone makes the comparison of Rhoads and McCarney it is because of their loyality and desire to be at Iowa State. Hopefully the coaching abilities are different (read: Rhoads hopefully is more aggressive).

    If what people are saying is true, given some early success, Rhoads will be here for quite awhile.



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    Quote Originally Posted by d4nim4l View Post
    Don't know if it's just me, but I can't find the link...
    i can't either.



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    If he is the next Majors, he might as well live in a hotel instead of investing in the area.



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    link doesn't work



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    I googled the article when the link wouldn't work for me. Try this Iowa State Football Arrives (short story) by Dave Harm on AuthorsDen



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    We want to have that national reach but it seems that Rhoads is very proud of the iowa roots and realizes how important the Cyclones are to this state. I can definitely see him here for awhile and hopefully we can see at least the same amount of success in the past if not more.


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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBobby View Post
    well Johnny Majors was from Tenneessee and Earle Bruce was from Ohio....

    Both were great coaches who saw NO future at Iowa State and to their credit moved on to greener pastures of Pitt and Ohio State....


    If you want coaches of this caliber to stay in Ames you are outta luck unless you can pay four million a year...

    When your stadium seats only 45,000 you will always have a problem paying top notch coaches aka majors and bruce what they can command on the open market....
    I actually think Earle Bruce would have stayed if the Ohio State job hadn't opened up after Woody Hayes punched the Clemson player. Earle Bruce said that he wished he had just stayed at Iowa State and never should have left. Tough to keep a good coach. But I think that Rhoads would actually stay if he had success.



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    Wrong coach, that game was in 1970 and OU's coach was Chuck Fairbanks not Switzer, Switzer didn't take over until 73'



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    Re: Rhoads, the next Johnny Majors?

    i think paul rhoads will be a very successful coach at iowa state.majors was successful because he had a great staff and a great quarterback in george amundson(sp.). majors also had success at pittsburgh because hehad a great running back.at tennessee,he became an alcoholic because his coaching was a failure.i doubt that coach rhoads will fail to the level that majors has had.i think paul rhoads will make iowa state successful because he has assembled a very good coaching staff and is recruiting in the areas of iowa,minnesota,wisconsin,illinios,indiana,ohio,michigan,and pennsylvaniaonce again. bill bleil is an excellent recruiter for these areas and that is where earl bruce and jonny majors got their good recruits-not in texas or florida.


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