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    Q & A with Wally Burnham

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    It seems like most of you read Tim Griffin's blog on ESPN, but for those that don't he posted an article by Bobby La Geese at GoCyclones.com.

    It's awesome to hear that Burnham ranks Derrick Brooks 2nd among defensive players he's coached.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    is he the most decorated assistant ISU has had in recent years?



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    Well i hope they can learn the defense in a month


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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones21 View Post
    Well i hope they can learn the defense in a month
    I don't think he's too concerned with them learning advanced schemes so much at this point as making sure they're in position (as he talks about).

    You can tell since 2005 there has been such a serious lack of fundamentals from our defense. Hopefully a healthy influx of jucos along with a staff who is determined to get these guys in the right spot and form tackling will make a significant impact. Hell, it can't get much worse



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    I think the "learning to tackle better during the two-a-days" is code for, they arent going to like me much starting tomorrow. Great hire, no question of his ability to do great things with a smaller venue team. Excited to see what a real D-Coord can do with these guys.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    I have a hard time believing that that is the best photo they could come up with. Now that I got that out of the way I'm jacked to have someone like Burnham on board. He has had some pretty good defensive units without having a roster full of 4 & 5 star players.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    I think Burnham is a great hire and he will be able to get the most out of our guys. I love the "keeping it simple" way of coaching.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    I have a hard time believing that that is the best photo they could come up with.
    My first thought as well.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    I don't remember...what brought him to ISU? With his talent and past success at S Florida (also his age which would tend to favor a Florida lifestyle) it's interesting why he came. I am expecting huge improvements this year in our D.


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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    thank former coach dan mccarney for getting burnham and paul rhoads together. i think iowa state with herman on offense and burnham on defense will surprise many people. our footballers were not very well coached by chizzledick and his cronies.


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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by sclotz View Post
    I don't remember...what brought him to ISU? With his talent and past success at S Florida (also his age which would tend to favor a Florida lifestyle) it's interesting why he came. I am expecting huge improvements this year in our D.
    The head coach at South Florida Jim Leavitt is a very hard person to work for. McCarney worked with Burnham for one season there. Burnham got angry at Leavitt because they wouldn't even give his son Shane an interview there. Rhoads contacted McCarney to see if Burnham might be interested in coming to ISU and the rest is history.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by sclotz View Post
    I don't remember...what brought him to ISU? With his talent and past success at S Florida (also his age which would tend to favor a Florida lifestyle) it's interesting why he came. I am expecting huge improvements this year in our D.
    I'm guessing Rhoads may have asked Dan McCarney for some advice on coaching candidates. McCarney was D-Line coach at South Florida before going to Florida.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by hursts View Post
    The head coach at South Florida Jim Leavitt is a very hard person to work for. McCarney worked with Burnham for one season there. Burnham got angry at Leavitt because they wouldn't even give his son Shane an interview there. Rhoads contacted McCarney to see if Burnham might be interested in coming to ISU and the rest is history.
    The rest is history with the addition that his son would also be on the staff at ISU.

    That might be a good thing down the road if shane is anything like his father in terms of coaching success.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by sclotz View Post
    I don't remember...what brought him to ISU? With his talent and past success at S Florida (also his age which would tend to favor a Florida lifestyle) it's interesting why he came. I am expecting huge improvements this year in our D.
    Pretty sure Wally and Paul already had a relationship before Dan entered the picture at USF.....I remember reading that Paul and Wally had a mutual admiration for each other's defenses while competing against each other in the big east.



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    Re: Q & A with Wally Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by sclotz View Post
    I don't remember...what brought him to ISU? With his talent and past success at S Florida (also his age which would tend to favor a Florida lifestyle) it's interesting why he came. I am expecting huge improvements this year in our D.

    Ive heard he was given the opportunity to hire the last defensive asst. coach if he took the job. This gave him the chance to work with his son if he desired. I think that'd be a huge reason to want to come to ISU. Glad he and his son are here. Both will do great things.

    Mac I believe helped Ash decide to stay here when he was offered the DC job as S FL.


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