Iowa State, Rhoads agree to new 10-year contract

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams

The entire Cyclone Nation took a proverbial deep breath on Friday morning.

That’s when Iowa State officials released the news that head football coach Paul Rhoads had agreed to new 10-year contract with the school.

"To say that I’m appreciative and humbled is a huge understatement," Rhoads said in a statement. "So many people have contributed to what has been achieved in our program the first three years. I want to thank President Geoffroy and Jamie Pollard, who personally met with me to begin contract talks after the Kansas game in early November. The support of everyone in Cyclone Nation has been fantastic. It’s great to be a Cyclone."

Rhoads has compiled a 18-19 record since taking over at Iowa State. The Cyclones will play Rutgers in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30.

"Today is a great day for Iowa State University," said Iowa State’s Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard. "Paul Rhoads and Iowa State are a perfect match for one another and we could not be happier that he is going to be our football coach for the long term."

According to Ames Tribune Sports Editor Bobby La Gesse’s Twitter feed, the new contract is worth a total of $20 million.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.