Report: Iowa State fires Paul Rhoads

After Iowa State saw a 35-14 halftime lead over Kansas State disappear into a 38-35 loss, Paul Rhoads has been dismissed as the team’s head coach.

He is set to inform his team of the news this afternoon.

Hired in 2009, Rhoads compiled 32-54 record with the Cyclones. He coached his team to a bowl game three times, including a win at the 2009 Insight Bowl. He also led his team to an improbable upset win over second ranked Oklahoma State in 2011. Unfortunately for him and the program, things ultimately turned for the worse.

Over the last three seasons, Rhoads’ teams have won just eight games. He hasn’t posted a winning record since that 2009 season, his first as the team’s coach.

Rhoads’ firing makes 13 schools looking for new head coaches. It’s sure shaping up for an interesting offseason in the college football landscape.

For the Cyclones, they are a program looking to get to relevancy in the Big 12. With only two winning seasons over the last decade, it’s hard to imagine a quick turnaround as whomever takes over the head coaching position is sure to have his work cut out for him.

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