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Paul Rhoads makes Internet gold again with post-game speech

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Most of our post-game wrap-up from last night’s stunning upset by Iowa State over No. 2 Oklahoma State focused on the BCS race being broken wide open.

Rightfully so; a rematch in the BCS title suddenly becomes a very realistic option.

So we didn’t spend a lot of time giving the Cyclones and coach Paul Rhoads the credit that they deserve for that win. ISU by no means played perfect last night, but they did play with everything they had in the gas tank and managed to capitalize on Oklahoma State’s miscues. No matter the talent disparity — and believe you me, it was there last night — keep the game close for long enough and any team has a chance to win.

That’s why, year after year, the Cyclones pull out a win no one thought they’d get. There are few teams in college football who play as hard for their coach as Iowa State does for Rhoads. It was evident in 2009 after ISU’s upset of Nebraska, and it’s evident today. Just watch Rhoads’ emotional post-game speech after defeating the Cowboys.

If I were a recruit with any D1 talent, any smidgen of athleticism good enough for the highest level of college football, I’d play for Paul Rhoads.

It’s always been about the players for Rhoads. Lost in the BCS implications littered throughout Jack Trice┬áStadium like fans storming the field was the fact that it was senior night. Win or lose, that was the last game those seniors would ever play on their campus and Rhoads made sure to address that.

That’s why his players love him. That’s why they give him every last ounce of effort they have available — and then some. That’s why we’re here talking about BCS shakeups.

Because Paul Rhoads is SO PROUD to be Iowa State’s coach.

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19 Responses to “Paul Rhoads makes Internet gold again with post-game speech”
  1. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 19, 2011 11:20 AM

    Some men were just meant to coach and there really isn’t any other way to put it.

  2. woebegong says: Nov 19, 2011 11:29 AM

    This coach ought to look into one of the SEC vacancies. He seems to bring out the best with the talent he has each year, and give him the talent he can choose from at an SEC school, and he could burst some bubbles there as well. He should be a HC there though, and not become a OC, as he motivates his players to exceed their abilities and play as a team.
    I would think Florida would consider them, if they could swallow their pride and admit that Mushcamp was a mistake, further compounded by obtaining Weiss as their OC. I haven’t seen too many HC’s better at HC, than Mushcamp is about openly criticizing his players in public. He is seems to be a shorter, less talented coach in that area than Steve Spurrier, but give him another year and he will challenge for the title. Both seem to forget, that most of these kids, are just that, ” kids”. They are spending the formative years as young adults, playing in a pressure packed league and need time to adjust.

  3. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 19, 2011 11:46 AM

    @ woebegong

    You got to me kidding me these “kids” are the same age as 65-80% of all the people fighting in our wars and their jobs are way more stressful. I would like to think a pampered athlete can handle the stress of their coach for calling them out for playing bad. No kid on that team was given an academic scholarship, they were recruited to play a game if they can’t handle that than they should look into how hard it is to actually pay for an education like the rest of the world.


    A former Soldier with student loan debt

  4. barbeaux says: Nov 19, 2011 12:17 PM

    Your stats of the age of soldiers is wrong. The age group to which you are referring is more like 15%.

    Talented people can waste their talents. It takes a bit of coaching to make good teams. Otherwise, every team would be great right?

  5. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 19, 2011 1:44 PM

    @ barbeaux

    Actually even your stat chart proves me right once a “kid” hits 21 or 22 they fall into the biggest category for the military. Thanx for backup my statement.

  6. vanmorrissey says: Nov 19, 2011 2:08 PM

    Their D throttled OSU and kept them from exploding but you would think Cowboys were somewhat affected by the coaching deaths. Just terrible tragedy for any college to endure. Also showed how bad the OSU defense is and how they’d never slow down LSU if they would have met.

  7. franbotel says: Nov 19, 2011 3:26 PM

    @ cfbfaninbadnfltown

    Joining the military is voluntary and lets be real most guys in the military are not talented; if they had a choice they will choose some other endeavour; IN regards to your student loan; if u were smart enough you should qualify for an academic scholarship; what about the GI bill that should help ; Nothing gets me like ex military types blabbing about their service you get more benefits than the rest of the country. This is coming from someone with 3 family members in the military.

  8. kdbroom says: Nov 19, 2011 5:14 PM


    So are you saying that your 3 family members have no talent? Obviously you don’t know many people in the military if you think most have no talent. Obviously you don’t know many people in the military if you think they had no other choices outside of the military.

    Members of the military get those benefits because they put their lives on the line. And, idiots like you benefit from their sacrifice by having the right to blab your mouth. You should be ashamed for bad-mouthing our troops.

  9. drobe86 says: Nov 19, 2011 5:26 PM

    He’s telling the truth… If many of those soldiers had any talent or could do anything else they would… People go to the military when they have no other options…

  10. kdbroom says: Nov 19, 2011 5:30 PM

    “Some” people go into the military because they have few other options, just as “some” people play football because they have no other options. But to cast broad generalizations like that, specifically aimed at our troops, is just plain wrong.

  11. drobe86 says: Nov 19, 2011 5:32 PM

    How many players would not accept a football scholarship and go to the military? None…..

  12. franbotel says: Nov 19, 2011 5:33 PM


    Nice try dont put words in my mouth; I have always supported the troops ; write letters to them, organized provisions i e baby wipes, candies, magazines, calling cards etc. My point being its rare to find a 4.0 gpa student or great athlete (Tillman is an outliner) or entertainer enlisting. How many soldiers are from wealthy families ? . With respect to my family members it was a career choice nothing more( one because he wanted to see the world) ; ask any 19 to 24 yr old enlistee and they ‘ll choose other careers if they had a better option. I was fortunate to get a job that paid for my education if not i probably be on a ship somewhere?. I just dont like ex millitary type trying to make the rest of us civillians look like we 2nd class citizens.

  13. drobe86 says: Nov 19, 2011 5:34 PM

    Pat Tillman left the NFL to go fight for his country…. You think he doesn’t regret that decision now?

  14. kdbroom says: Nov 19, 2011 6:10 PM


    Look at the incoming classes of the service academies and you’ll find thousands of 4.0 students joining the military every year. A service academy scholarship comes with an active duty commitment upon graduation. That’s not the same as “enlisting”, but it is indicative of a very, very smart teenager committing to the military.

    Great athlete? Okay, I’ll admit that one. But most great athletes are more concerned about eventually making money in the pros than serving their country. You could make that argument for most of society if they had the same physical abilities. It takes a special person to sacrifice that for their country, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’d make that sacrifice. Not being a great athlete doesn’t imply they had no other choices. Plus, how many of those great athletes do anything worthwhile for society once their playing days are over? Very few.

  15. drobe86 says: Nov 19, 2011 6:40 PM

    That depends on what you call worthwhile to society… I can say the same thing about the military… How many soldiers cheat on their wives, and become drunks and end up homeless on the streets… That goes both ways bro

  16. barbeaux says: Nov 19, 2011 7:31 PM

    The average age being 28 shows that your claim that most are 18-22 is wrong. Stats are hard.

  17. barbeaux says: Nov 19, 2011 7:32 PM

    Athletes at most universities do community service. They directly help the community.

  18. franbotel says: Nov 19, 2011 7:56 PM

    My point was focused on enlistee but since u changed the argument to include officers we can have that discussion.
    In the Service academies; yes you get 4.0 students but the higher the risk factor the less student u get ; e.g you get better students in the navy and airforce compared to the army cos of the risk factor
    I know it does not fit in the sterotypes but athletes do a lot to name a few;
    ndamukong suh ( over 3 mil to nebraska b4 playing and Nfl snap) charles woodson( over 5 mill to michigan hospital), lebron james(over 3 mill to Boys and girls club ), shane batttier, alonzo mourning , dikembe mutomobo, amstrong , jeff gordon ( charlotte children hospital ), mia ham, ripken jr., warrick dunn, ray lewis( Baltimore PD ), dale earnhardt jr., matt barkley( just got back from africa), tim tebow, shaq, Braylon edwards (1mill to Cleveland public schools). I can spend more time listing more names but its not worth it ; There are more veterans in prison including death row than athletes
    My point dont put down anyone’s career choice

  19. dolusorigo says: Nov 21, 2011 9:04 PM

    2nd class citizen? Sounds like you have a serious grudge that may be personal in nature.

    I think your grasp of the history on this topic is crude and inherently flawed at best as many very talented individuals started in the military because they were patriotic and wanted to serve, while others put down their cushy paychecks to join the military.

    Military athletes;
    David Robinson
    Jack Lummus
    Ted Williams
    Eddie Lebron
    Chad Hennings
    Tony Lema
    Ken Norton
    Gene Tunney
    Rocky Bleier
    Bob Feller

    Rich/Privileged joining the military
    JFK was born wealthy but joined
    Al Gore was a senator’s son but joined
    Patton was born wealthy but joined
    Even I served with a graduate from Brown University in the Marine Corps

    Get over your little sniffles about not having a big enough d**k, cancel the tea party, get off the phone with your girlfriends and stop crying.

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