The man who’s led Iowa State to bowl games in three of the last four seasons has become famous for his emotional, heart-felt speeches, and he hit another home run the other night with his passionate postgame press conference after the Texas game.
Unless you have been hiding in a cave, the whole world is aware of how the game unfolded. The Cyclones were clinging to a 30-24 lead in the final minute until a controversial call went against the Cyclones, giving the visiting Longhorns a 31-30 victory.
Losing hurts, especially in that fashion. Rhoads was upset. Not for himself, but for his players, who laid it on the line only to come up short, and for the Cyclone fans, who have filled Jack Trice Stadium in record numbers the past three seasons.
He had to let his players and the fans know how he felt, and he delivered it emphatically at the press conference.
If you have not watched the press conference, you need to.
The national feedback from his speech has created a groundswell of positive energy. Here are some examples.
“Paul Rhoads’ postgame should be transcribed, chiseled in stone and hung in every officials locker room.”- Dennis Dodd, CBS College Football Writer
“I’ve interviewed Rhoads three times for SI’s conference magazines. He’s honest and raw. This was the full him.”- Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated writer
“He sounds so convincing. This is where Hollywood goes, ‘If we are going to write this and this is a script and we are going to have a coach who says this. Nobody, I don’t care who it is, is not delivering it the way he did.”- Dan Patrick, Emmy-winning sportscaster, national radio host, columnist for Sports Illustrated
“After watching Coach Rhoads talk after the game I can see why those players lay it all on the line for him. I respect him so much.”- Jake Waters, QB at Kansas State
“I have so much respect for Coach Rhoads and the passion he brings leading the program I’ve cheered for my whole life.”- Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg
The whole world is finding out what Cyclones fans already know. Coach Rhoads is pretty special.