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REPORT: Paul Rhoads a finalist for the Texas State job

Texas State has pegged former Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads as a finalist to be their next coach, according to the San Marcos Daily Record. The job opened when Dennis Franchione retired after finishing 3-9 in 2015.

The paper also reports that Houston offensive coordinator, and former Texas quarterback, Major Applewhite has turned down an interview for the job. The Daily Record says the other finalists for the position are Houston co-defensive coordinator Craig Naivar, current Texas State offensive coordinator Mike Schultz and Texas special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Traylor. 

Rhoads was fired after the Cyclones finished 3-9 during the 2015 season. He compiled a 32-55 record in seven seasons at Iowa State and took the Cyclones to three bowl games in his first four seasons. 

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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