Iowa State Hires Auburn Assistant Rhoads

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, December 20, 2008.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- After getting burned by Gene Chizik, Iowa State has turned to Iowan and former Cyclones assistant Paul Rhoads to revive a program that went 2-10 last season and didn't win a Big 12 Conference game.

The Cyclones hired Rhoads away from Auburn -- which had lured Chizik from Iowa State earlier this week.

Rhoads has never been a head coach. He spent last season as the Tigers' defensive coordinator after having the same role with the Pittsburgh Panthers from 2000 to 2007. He was an assistant with the Cyclones under Dan McCarney from 1995 to 1999.

Iowa State said Rhoads agreed to a five-year deal worth $5.75 million in guaranteed compensation, with incentives available to increase that total.

Iowa State planned to introduce Rhoads at a 6 p.m. ET news conference on Saturday.

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