Cyclone Roundup: May 23, 2012

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams  

Before we dig into the latest news of the day involving Iowa State and the Big 12, I thought I’d let you all know that the $175 and $225 football season tickets go on sale today. Interested? Iowa State’s ticket office number is 888-478-2925.

PHIL STEELE: Football guru Phil Steele recently released his All-Big 12 teams. The following Cyclones were honored:

Jake Knott, LB – First Team
A.J. Klein, LB – First Team
Jake McDonough, DT – Second Team
James White, RB – Third Team
Tom Farniok, C – Fourth Team
Kurt Hammerschmidt, TE – Fourth Team
Kirby Van Der Kamp, P – Fourth Team

GREAT IDEA: You’re all up to speed on the Big 12/SEC bowl alliance from late last week by now correct?

My favorite Big 12 columnist, Berry Tramel from The Oklahoman, has an even better idea. How about a scheduling alliance between the two leagues?

Nationally, what’s more interesting? What the Big Ten and Pac-12 plan to do or the Big 12 and the SEC? Of course we’re all Big 12 people here on this site, but the three letters S-E-C pack quite the punch across America.

CLICK HERE to read Tramel’s column.

JARVIS WEST: I’m not sure who put this together but I did see a fanatic link it on our forum. Being that Jarvis West is one of my favorite Iowa State athletes to watch (colleagues in the media even joke about this from time-to-time) and it is the middle of May, the following YouTube highlight video is roundup worthy.


— Texas admits to talking with Notre Dame about joining the Big 12? What a shock!

— According to this report, Virginia Tech feels good about being in the ACC.

The latest on wide receiver Albert Gary’s trouble with the law. — Des Moines Register

David Ubben examines Gene Chizik’s time at Iowa State. This piece isn’t a ringing endorsement for the leader of the Auburn Tigers. —

Stewart Mandel’s latest mailbag on Florida State, the Big 12 and more. — Sports Illustrated 

Luke Winn investigates how realignment is affecting the game of college basktball. This is a truly fascinating read. — Sports Illustrated 

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.