Cyclones to showcase matte helmets in select games

Iowa State’s uniforms in 2014 won’t exactly be Oregon-crazy but Paul Rhoads’ program did release details on a minor change for select games on Tuesday morning. 

Introducing…..(wait for it, wait for it)……The matte helmet. 

“I’m a traditionalist,” Rhoads said in a press release. “However, this helmet provides us a chance to test different designs while staying within the concept of our school colors and brand.”

Also according to the release (that you can read by CLICKING HERE), Rhoads noted that the players seem to like the matte finish. 

These days, cool uniforms are a recruiting tool (cough, cough, Baylor) and this appears to be Iowa State’s way of dipping its toes in the water and attempting to join the party. 

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.