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Cyclones stay in-house for new offensive coordinator

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As it turns out, Paul Rhoads didn’t have to look very far to find his new offensive coordinator.

In a press release, Iowa State announced that Courtney Messingham has been named as Rhoads’ new offensive coordinator as well as his new quarterbacks coach.  Messingham will replace Tom Herman, who was hired in early December as part of Urban Meyer’s first coaching staff at Ohio State.

“I am excited about Courtney taking over the reins of the offense,” Rhoads said in a statement. “Courtney has coached at every level of college football and has head coach and coordinator experience.  He has earned this opportunity through hard work and positive results as a coach and as a recruiter. We have the right man.”

Messingham has spent the past three seasons at ISU, the first two as tight ends coach and 2011 as wide receivers coach.  He had previously been the coordinator at Missouri State from 2000-02.

“I appreciate Paul Rhoads giving me this opportunity,” Messingham said. “This Iowa State football program is on the rise, and I’m fortunate to be a part of it. We have already started getting ready for the 2012 season.”

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