Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads recently debuted a premier Hogan-esque facial coiffe. Rhoads has experimented with different facial hair styles over his coaching career. More power to him. Frankly we at College Football Section believe this current incarnation may be one of the best sport’s mustaches since Tom Selleck in Mr. Baseball.
Rhoads replaced current Auburn’s National Championship winning head coach Gene Chizik as the Cyclone head coach. Rhoads, despite an 18-20 record, has become known as a giant killer. Last year on November 18 the Rhoads coached Iowa State to a 37-31 overtime win against the #2 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, knocking them out of the National Title Game.
Under Paul Rhoads direction Iowa State defeated The University of Nebraska in 2009 for the first time since 1977. In 2010, The Clones defeated #22 Texas at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. In 2011, Iowa State defeated in-state rival Iowa in triple overtime in Ames and a 41-7 win over #19 Texas Tech for the Cyclones first win ever in Lubbock, Texas. Rhoads and the Cyclones will have the opportunity to add their list of impressive victories this year. They will travel to Iowa, to Texas, to new conference member TCU and to Oklahoma State.
Rhoads is a native of Nevada, Iowa (pronounced nə-vay-də) located 20 miles from Ames. Last December, Iowa State renegotiated it’s contract with Rhoads for 10 years and $20 million. Below is Rhoads locker room speech after defeating then Big-12 juggernaut Nebraska 7-9 in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on October 24, 2009.