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    ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

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    By ANDREW LOGUE
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    April 2, 2007
    Ames, Ia. — Spring practices have given Iowa State players and coaches a chance to reconnect with the past.

    Todd Blythe, a senior receiver, said he calls former Cyclones coach Dan McCarney at least once every two weeks.

    “When we talk, it’s not really about football,” Blythe said. “He wants to know how I’m doing in school, how classes are going, things like that. He wants to know about the personal side.

    “That’s the same things I talk to him about… because for three or four years, he was like my dad up here.”

    McCarney was Iowa State’s coach for 12 years, before resigning last fall. He’ll spend next season as a defensive line coach for South Florida, where he’ll be reunited with former Cyclone linebacker Tyrone McKenzie.

    “I’m a Bulls fan, now,” Blythe said when asked if he would follow McCarney and McKenzie’s new team.

    Blythe also stays in touch with former Iowa State running backs coach Tony Alford, now at Louisville, and former receivers coach Mike Grant, now at Southern Mississippi.

    “When you’re around guys four, five or six hours every day, that’s what happens,” Blythe said. “You get past just being able to talk about football.

    “I know everything there is to know about coach Grant, so I like to call and find out how he’s doing, just how life is.”

    Meanwhile, new Cyclone coach Gene Chizik occasionally dials up Texas coach Mack Brown. Chizik spent the past two years as a defensive coordinator for the Longhorns.

    “He’s one of the most successful coaches in the history of the game,” Chizik said. “I rely a lot on Mack. He’s my friend. I consider him to be a mentor.

    “Everything that I believe in right now, he certainly is. If there is a guy, I would say he’d be the one I lean on, even though it’s kind of odd because we’re in the same league.”



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    That would be a strange situation for the coaches. If Gene relies on advise and friendship from Mac Brown, what is that going to be like when they are staring at each other across the field this fall?



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    This story is a joke...a complete NON STORY to fill space. Who cares who Blythe talks with. Seems like trying to make something out of nothing. Some non existant controversy.



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    “That’s the same things I talk to him about… because for three or four years, he was like my dad up here.”
    Thats the problem. He wasn't your dad, he was your coach.



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    This story is a joke...a complete NON STORY to fill space. Who cares who Blythe talks with. Seems like trying to make something out of nothing. Some non existant controversy.
    I don't think anybody is trying to portray this as a controversy. It is simply a neat story about people that had, and continue to have impacts on other's lives.

    I think some people look a little too hard for something to be mad at the DMR for, as if there aren't enough things as it is.


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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    Am I the only one who thinks that is a little bit excessive? I mean, yea, you were around him for 4 years, but once every two weeks? I have bowel movements less frequent than that.


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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    I find it hard to believe if they talk every two weeks that they don't talk football at all. I could see Mac being snoopy wondering what Chizik is doing up here. :)



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    this is almost like a soap opera or hollywood gossip column, only the subject is ISU football....(so and so still talks to so and so!! every couple weeks! they talk about life!!) I couldn't agree more with Ketelmeister.. a total space filler on a slow monday. This is getting to the level of stories I'd read about the NU program when I lived in Nebraska... YAWWWNNNN.....


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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    Quote Originally Posted by CyForPresident View Post
    Thats the problem. He wasn't your dad, he was your coach.

    This pretty much "nails it".


    Much different for a coach to be in contact with other coaches than it is for players to be in touch with ex-coaches. As big as the NCAA rule book is I wouldn't be surprised if some sort or rule is being broken by these sort of contacts.



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    Quote Originally Posted by redrocker View Post
    That would be a strange situation for the coaches. If Gene relies on advise and friendship from Mac Brown, what is that going to be like when they are staring at each other across the field this fall?

    I really don't think that you need to worry about that. I am sure that Gene will coach just as hard against Mack as he will against Stoops.


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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    Only problem for Chizik this year is his team looks like a bunch of boys compared to Mack's Longhorns. I think coaching against the big dogs will bring out the best in Gene.

    I worry more about McDermott coaching against UNI personally. I nearly became ill when he was hugging Jacobson as they walked off the floor at halftime together. Hopefully this was a one time deal.



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    but once every two weeks? I have bowel movements less frequent than that.
    You sir, may have a problem...


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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    Wow, I can't believe how this thread has gone. Has anyone ever been on an organized team yourself? You develop relationships with your coaches and teammates. You become friends. There is no issue talking to former coaches. Personally, I applaud this article for the shear fact that is reminds us that ahtletes and coaches are just like us.

    I have changed jobs before, one of which I went to a competitive company. Do you think I still talk to the friends I made at a previous job? You bet I do. Is it possible not to talk about the job since we are competitors? Sure is. We are friends and concerned more about the person than the job.



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    I know for a fact Blythe isn't the only one staying in contact with their former coaches. Nothing earth shattering there, however.

    I did find out a number of the current coaches will talk to the former staff - sometimes frequently. In talking to our new coaches, the former staff has been very courteous to these guys and helpful.



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    Re: ISU's Blythe stays in touch with former coaches

    I have changed jobs before, one of which I went to a competitive company. Do you think I still talk to the friends I made at a previous job? You bet I do. Is it possible not to talk about the job since we are competitors? Sure is. We are friends and concerned more about the person than the job.
    While I understand what you're saying, it's slightly different with a coach/player. I still talk to my high school coaches, but I have never called them, and only contact them once in a few months. The problem is that Mac was a friend, and less of a coach/authority figure to these kids. Do you still ring up your previous boss, or would your new company frown upon that? Co-workers is different than getting buddy-buddy with someone who should be more authoritative than you in that kind of a setting.

    You sir, may have a problem...
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