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Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads rips Iowa, Notre Dame for trying to flip recruit commitment

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Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads, perhaps feeling a bit feisty after signing nationally-recruited in-state wide receiver Allen Lazard, ripped into Iowa and Notre Dame for trying to flip him after he had committed to the Cyclones this past December.

While he didn’t name Iowa and Notre Dame specifically in his comments, it was pretty clear which schools he was referring to.

“He’s (Lazard) not going to a school in Northern Indiana,” Rhoads said. “Boy, they wasted a lot of time and money. He’s not going to another school in this state who feverishly tried to call him about a half a dozen times in the last week.”

“Much to the dismay of people in this room who wasted a lot of space and time challenging his words of commitment, he’s going right here to Iowa State University.”

It’s hard to blame Rhoads for feeling excited about getting Lazard, ranked by as the No. 7 receiver in the country in the class of 2014. The top talent in Iowa rarely heads to Ames but Lazard has the kind of ability that can help keep a coach like Rhoads employed for years to come.

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11 Responses to “Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads rips Iowa, Notre Dame for trying to flip recruit commitment”
  1. dmcgrann says: Feb 5, 2014 10:43 PM

    Officials at Iowa and Notre Dame were puzzled. Officials at Northern Iowa and Valparaiso had no comment. :)

  2. dcroz says: Feb 5, 2014 11:23 PM

    So the guy who made his name as an assistant at Auburn is crying about a couple teams trying to flip a verbal commitment? Hey, Paul, did you forget from your time on the Plains that that’s how it works? That nothing is official until the ink is on the Letter of Intent? Stop being an entitled prima donna and maybe you’ll finally win more than six games in the regular season.

  3. dsharp86 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:26 PM

    This guy previously coached in the SEC and yet he’s outraged that other schools would continue to recruit verbally committed players? I’m not buying it.

  4. mediocrebob says: Feb 5, 2014 11:28 PM

    I’m sure he wasn’t recruiting any players committed elsewhere…

  5. irishdodger says: Feb 5, 2014 11:46 PM

    too bad he couldn’t flip a QB to throw to the kid. I actually like Rhoads, but he & all his peers are typically the highest paid state employee & if they want to remain that way, they better win games & to win games u gotta have the Jimmys & Joes. He’d do the same thing….they all would….and some do worse.

  6. ningenito78 says: Feb 6, 2014 1:58 AM

    I don’t think he sounded like he was offended they tried to flip him. He just felt like pounding his chest.

  7. 27xwschamps says: Feb 6, 2014 2:57 AM

    Whos gonna throw him the ball, u play roulette quarterback every other week. And who ever’s playing usually is running for his life, cause ur O line cant block, and sucks to boot…👍👊🙊

  8. 27xwschamps says: Feb 6, 2014 3:00 AM

    They dont call u cy clods or cy clowns for update ur resume boss !! Contact Coldwell Banker to sell the house.

  9. irishfbfan1 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:53 AM

    Hey Paul,

    Son if these are the types of things that upset you so much that we are wasting time even doing a story on God knows what this is all about, then Coaching may not be for you. Lmao!!!! Recruiting is a tough business and nobody is going to ever lay down and say, ” Well Paul, you win, I am not going to try to persuade that young man to come to school here which is my job, I just don’t want to upset you Mr Rhodes lol”. No wonder Iowa State is where they are now and always be, with idiots like this I would be embarrassed to even say this guy coaches at my University! Wow

  10. rheffero says: Feb 6, 2014 1:28 PM

    Hey, there is nothing taking away from McCarron and his accomplishments, but there is legitimate concern that he delivered against what we used to consider was a “touch” SEC schedule.

    The Jets drafted the last “all he does is win” Qb from Bama, might do it again (GM was last seen holding a clipboard). NYJ are still looking for Namath’s replacement.

    For the whole story; Bama’s regular season SOS has been out of the top 50 for the last few seasons (non championship/bowl). Swap out Florida’s schedule for AJ’s, and you can see the difference.

    In 2013, SEC defenses gave up 30+ points more in how many games? Georgia, we are told, are one of the best in the SEC, gave up 30+ in what 7 games? Auburn, the best in the SEC, gave up 38, 28, 42 in their last 3 SEC games. 12-9 games are not what we are seeing now.

    So when the kid wants to hang his hat against how well he did in the SEC he needs to know that the talent around him, admit his accomplishments also came against a large slate of Div 1aa, Kentucky, and the other SEC also rans.

    Since the NFL is drinking the SEC kool aid, you have to also be fair, and note that drafting strategy has translated into the worst year for defense in NFL history.

    You know Dan just wanted AJ’s GF on set.

  11. jad4444 says: Feb 7, 2014 1:07 PM

    Flipping recruits is a fact of life in college football and for him to be crying about it instead of focusing on building a competitive program at a school that has not been consistently relevant for years explains at least in part why. Grow a pair coach!

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