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Cyclones assistant confirms he’s leaving for Pitt

Troy Douglas

Confirming speculation that began to surface Monday, Troy Douglas is indeed leaving the Iowa State coaching staff.

In a conversation with the Ames Tribune, Douglas confirmed that he has accepted an offer to join the coaching staff at Pittsburgh.  Douglas stated that he informed ISU head coach Paul Rhoads of his decision Tuesday morning, which came a day after reports had the Panthers offering him the job.

“My family really liked the area her,” Douglas said of Ames. “It was exactly what people said it was going to be. It’s a great spot. The people and players are great and the Big 12 Conference is a great league. …

“That is what was tough. Professionally, I think it’s the best thing for me and my family.”

Douglas has spent the past three seasons as the Cyclones secondary coach.  He’s expected to have the same job with the Panthers.

Douglas’ departures means five ISU assistants who were on Rhoads’ 2013 staff won’t be in 2014.  Offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and with running backs coach Kenith Pope were fired in early December — Messingham was replaced by former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino — while tight ends coach Bill Bleil was named offensive coordinator at Rhode Island.  Tragically, defensive line Curtis Bray passed away in mid-January at the age of 43.

(Photo credit: Iowa State athletics)

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