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    The Pollard Regime

    The past few weeks have been some of the best we have had in ISU athletics in quite some time. Football wins on the road at NU, and is in the hunt for the north title. Volleyball beats NU for the first time in decades, and just upsets no. 2 Texas. The MBB team comes out in their first exhibition game and absolutely crushes a team that the would have struggled with in the past few years, showing a level of athleticism not seen in the MBB program for a long, long time. The WBB team looks to again be NCAA bound. The wrestling program will be in the national title hunt with Kevin Jackson's more aggressive style.

    Don't get me wrong, I reached a point around the MBB loss to SDSU that I was questioning whether or not JP could get the job done. Things didn't look good. However, things seem different now. Maybe we needed to hit rock bottom before we could start swimming to the top.

    My question is, are we finally on the verge of realizing the vision of ISU atheltics that Pollard brought to us 5 years ago? More important that the recent accomplishments, is the sense of confidence that seems to be emerging in Cyclone Nation. I actually don't feel like I am waiting for the 'other shoe to drop' when something good happens. Could we be looking at a special few years coming up? Am I just drinking too much Cardinal Kool-Aid? Thoughts?


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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    We will still have some bumps for awhile, but I feel there is definitely some confidence building.



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    I think we still have a lot to work on but definitely a lot more positive attitude around here lately because winning will do that. I think if you had to link Pollard's tenure so far to anything it won't be winning (yet) but all the facility upgrades and agressive things he's done trying to change the culture here. Hopefully the foundation has been set now and better times are still ahead!


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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch! I am excited about what is going on with ISU right now but still a ways to go!



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    I think we still have a lot to work on but definitely a lot more positive attitude around here lately because winning will do that. I think if you had to link Pollard's tenure so far to anything it won't be winning (yet) but all the facility upgrades and agressive things he's done trying to change the culture here. Hopefully the foundation has been set now and better times are still ahead!
    That is exactly the case. Culture changes do not happen overnight. The only quality AD we had in recent memory that tried to treat us like we belonged in the Big 8/12 was Gene Smith and he left before all of his plans could be realized.

    Pollard has stepped up and said if we want to play in the Big 12 we have to act like it. Donations, coaches, everything. That does not happen in one year, or two, even five would be pushing it.

    However, it feels that corner is starting to turn with the basketball practice facility, retaining Christy Johnson despite many offers from the "bigger and better" schools and getting a mulligan and hiring Rhoads.

    The next step will be more than a few years of moderate success in these sports. It will be sustained success, and possibly more important, keeping those who made it possible.



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    Things are starting to look up, some light at the end of the tunnel. Mens BB making the NCAA tourney would be a huge step in the right direction



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    He is one of the best...ISU is very lucky to have him.



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    Quote Originally Posted by kg-cyclone View Post
    He is one of the best...ISU is very lucky to have him.
    This...




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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    I have been neutral on the topic and will remain that way. I just hope all of you lovers aren't the same ones that were bashing him 1 or 2 years ago.



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    A lot of people say that Pollard should be judged on wins and losses. And I guess he will, but when I look at an AD and at Pollard in particular, I look at the fact, that I don't feel like we are playing not to lose. Chizik turned out to be a bad hire, but I liked the idea that we went out and got one of the most sought after assistant coaches. I like how Jamie refuses to play second fiddle to Iowa in this state.

    Right now, I feel like we have a good group of coaches. I think Rhoads may be the right mix of McCarney and Chizik. I think that Christy Johnson-Lynch is amazing, she is repeating the amazing job that Bill Fennelly did 10 years ago. I think that Greg McDermott has one of the best basketball minds I've ever seen and I think that he might just have a chance to make some noise this year.



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    Quote Originally Posted by heyguy85 View Post
    I have been neutral on the topic and will remain that way. I just hope all of you lovers aren't the same ones that were bashing him 1 or 2 years ago.
    People aren't allowed to change their minds?



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    Quote Originally Posted by kg-cyclone View Post
    He is one of the best...ISU is very lucky to have him.
    JP gets my vote for the best AD ever at ISU.



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    He's doing well, but the budget needs to get bigger or we'll see same old same old happening all over again....



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    Has Pollard done a good job? Yes, I think so. The practice facility is awesome, the improvements to Jack Trice are good and hopefully are going to get better.

    Are we on the verge of being relevant across the NCAA in sports....um no. I think we are good now, I love the enthusiasm, but I hate to play the downer here, but it only gets tougher next year.

    We will have a much tougher football schedule next year, making a bowl next year would a monumental achievement for sure, but not likely.

    We will lose Brackins and most likely Gilstrap, so where will all of our scoring come from next year in basketball?

    I know it always comes back to HB, but truth be known, in my opinion if we get him, our exposure would get us places we wouldn't have been before and that carries over to football and other sports.

    So we have a long road to travel I think, but I love the enthusiasm!



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    Re: The Pollard Regime

    I like him, but I always have. The only AD I really didn't like was Mad Max, and for the most part BVDV. Gene was a great fundraiser and visionary, but I don't think the accounting skills were there. BVDV had great accounting, not fundraising. JP shows all of the characteristics needed to build a program. Vision, fundraising, personality, organization, discernment and the ability to make the tough decisions no matter the backlash.

    Regarding the Chizik hire, that was the right pick to do what he needed when letting go of Mac. We were losing fans and donations in the last years of Mac, we needed renewed enthusiasm for funds. Chizik was that guy because of the national prestige, and he fit the CEO role that we needed. Chiz just didn't hire support around him. I truly believe that CPR would've been chozen the first time if we didn't need the flash. Personally I'm so happy that Chiz left. Imagaine if he would've stayed and failed. We wouldn't be able to afford to buy him out, the program would've been even worst, and CPR would've been somewhere else.

    I give Pollard an A- on his coaching hires and an A+ on being OUR AD.



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