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Paul Rhoads Shows Why Cyclones Love Him
August 16, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads rates as one of Your Humble Correspondent’s favorite people. Here are two more.

Thursday was a big day for the Cyclones athletic department. A record number of 1,100 fans showed up in Des Moines for the Meet The Coaches Night. Rhoads fired up the crowd like he has fired up his team for some memorable upsets.

Rhoads is busy getting his team ready for the 2013 season and this week it was announced that the school had sold out its season ticket packages, setting a record for ticket sales for the third consecutive season.

“I told our fans in 2010 you better get your season tickets today because there will come a day where you won’t be able to get any,” Rhoads told the fans. “Thank you, Cyclone Nation!”

And during an auction that was part of the evening’s festivities, Rhoads had the winning bid of $4,000 for a trip to watch the Cyclones play at Baylor … then he donated the tri to auctioneer Jon Schaben.

Before traveling to Des Moines, Rhoads gave his team a surprise treat at the end of practice.

After the whistles and the thud of pads faded, the players heard the music, bells and horns of an ice cream truck that pulled up near the practice field. The sweet treats had been arranged by Rhoads.

“It came out of nowhere,” receiver Dondre Daley told the Des Moines Register. “Coach Rhoads played it off nice, like he didn’t know.”

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