Cyclone Roundup: 4-24 Edition

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams 

With the Big 12 football coaches holding a teleconference yesterday and basketball’s recruiting season being in full swing, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover in today’s Cyclone roundup. Enjoy.

LOCKETT SET TO VISIT: In yesterday’s Monday Musings column, I wrote that I was hearing that former Arizona State player Trent Lockett would officially visit Iowa State sometime this week. Sources are now telling me that the plan is for this to happen tomorrow. Lockett, who led Arizona State in scoring last season at 13.0 points per game, visited Marquette last week. Sources say that he’s also still considering Gonzaga as well. Stay tuned for details.


— According to THIS STORY via, Iowa State offered a 2014 guard named Isaiah Whitehead out of Lincoln (N.Y.) over the weekend. Whitehead is an overall top 25 prospect in the class of 2014.

— According to Ryan James from Minnesota’s Rivals site, Iowa State has offered Grand Rapids (Minn.) power forward Alex Illikainen for the class of 2015. According to Illikainen’s profile at, he already has offers from Creighton, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northern Iowa. is reporting that Iowa State recently offered Henry Ellenson, a 2015 power forward out of Rice Lake (Wisc.). Ellenson also has a current offer from Georgetown.

RAILEY TO WASHINGTON STATE: According to the Twitter feed of Jeff Goodman of, former Iowa State center Jordan Railey will transfer to Washington State.

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Will Shontrelle Johnson be ready to go in 2012? Andrew Logue tackles this question in the Des Moines Register. 

You can read Paul Rhoads’ Big 12 teleconference from yesterday in its entirety by CLICKING HERE. 

There’s a big picture of Rhoads inside of this Charleston Gazette story on West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and his return to the Big 12 Conference.

Looking to learn more about the Mountaineers? Here’s a good read from the guys at Athlon, who break down how West Virginia will fare in the Big 12.   

Big 12 coaches sound off on what they want in a new conference commish. —’s David Ubben

Everybody wants a college football playoff correct? Not Bill Snyder and Bob Stoops. — The Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff 

An update on Kansas’ football program in its first spring under Charlie Weis. — The Kansas City Star’s Rustin Dodd

Should the Big 12 have a championship football game? David Ubben analyzes this difficult question. —

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.