Rhoads mum on search for new OC

AMES —Paul Rhoads made one thing very clear during his Wednesday afternoon media session in which he introduced four new members of the Iowa State football program. He was not going to talk about his search for Courtney Messingham’s replacement as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator.

“I’m not here to discuss any of that today,” Rhoads said. “I’m just here to talk about these recruits.”

The only piece of information that Rhoads did reveal is that he would like to have his staff complete by the time January’s recruiting session begins – so at least a timeline is now in place.

Rhoads announced the firing of Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope on Dec. 1.


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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.