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Kirk Ferentz is the longest tenured FBS coach at a single program. Lets take a closer look at his records against every team and coach he has faced

2019.02.26 21:50 saucysalesman Kirk Ferentz is the longest tenured FBS coach at a single program. Lets take a closer look at his records against every team and coach he has faced

Kirk Ferentz has an all-time record of 152-101 with a Big Ten record of 91-72. This is all with one school, Iowa, dating back to when he started with the 1999 season. Since he is the longest tenured FBS coach at one program, I figured it would be fun to look at all of the different coaches and teams he has gone against, and his record against each of them.
I gathered all of his wins and losses against each program, and looked at his record against each coach while they were at that program as well. In my tables, the record that you see next to the team or coach is Kirks W-L record vs that opponent. In total, Kirk Ferentz has gone against 98 different coaches in his tenure, and it doesn't look like he's gonna retire anytime soon. (He's only 63 years old which is getting up there, but not too old. He's 4 years younger than Mack Brown, and 11 years younger than Frank Solich) Anyway, here's all of his records:


vs Illinois (10-3) Indiana (10-5) Maryland (2-1) Michigan (7-5) Michigan State (7-8)
Ron Turner (2-2) Cam Cameron (1-2) Randy Edsall (0-1) Lloyd Carr (2-4) Nick Saban (0-1)
Ron Zook (3-1) Gerry DiNardo (1-0) Mike Locksley (1-0) Rich Rodriguez (2-0) Bobby Williams (2-1)
Tim Beckman (1-0) Terry Hoeppner (1-1) Matt Canada (1-0) Brady Hoke (2-1) John L. Smith (1-1)
Bill Cubit (1-0) Bill Lynch (3-1) Jim Harbaugh (1-0) Mark Dantonio (4-5)
Lovie Smith (3-0) Kevin Wilson (3-1)
Tom Allen (1-0)

Minnesota (14-6) Nebraska (5-5) Northwestern (8-10) Ohio State (2-8)
Glen Mason (5-3) Frank Solich (0-2) Randy Walker (3-2) John Cooper (0-2)
Tim Brewster (3-0) Bo Pelini (1-3) Pat Fitzgerald (5-8) Jim Tressel (1-5)
Jeff Horton (0-1) Mike Riley (3-0) Urban Meyer (1-1)
Tracy Claeys (2-0) Scott Frost (1-0)
P.J. Fleck (2-0)

Penn State (8-7) Purdue (10-6) Rutgers (1-0) Wisconsin (7-11)
Joe Paterno (8-3) Joe Tiller (5-3) Chris Ash (1-0) Barry Alvarez (4-3)
Bill O'Brien (0-1) Danny Hope (1-1) Bret Bielema (2-3)
James Franklin (0-3) Darrell Hazell (4-0) Gary Anderson (0-2)
Jeff Brohm (0-2) Paul Chryst (1-3)
Side Note: Mike Locksley, Matt Canada and Jeff Horton were all Interim coaches when they coached against Ferentz


These are some of most played non conference opponents in Kirk Ferentz tenure:
vs Iowa State (11-9) Florida (1-2) NIU (5-1) Pitt (3-1) WMU (1-2)
Dan McCarney (3-5) Ron Zook (1-0) Joe Novak (3-0) Dave Wannstedt (0-1) Gary Darnell (0-1)
Gene Chizik (1-1) Urban Meyer (0-1) Dave Doeren (1-0) Todd Graham (1-0) Bill Cubit (0-1)
Paul Rhoads (4-3) Jim McElwain (0-1) Rod Carey (1-1) Paul Chryst (1-0) P.J. Fleck (1-0)
Matt Campbell (3-0) Pat Narduzzi (1-0)
Ball State (3-0) Kent State (2-0) LSU (1-1) Miami U (4-0) North Texas (2-0)
Brady Hoke (1-0) Dean Pees (1-0) Nick Saban (1-0) Terry Hoeppner (3-0) Dan McCarney (1-0)
Stan Parrish (1-0) Doug Martin (1-0) Les Miles (0-1) Chuck Martin (1-0) Seth Littrell (1-0)
Pete Lembo (1-0)
Arizona (1-1) Arizona State (1-1) Northern Iowa (5-0) Syracuse (2-0)
Mike Stoops (1-1) Dirk Koetter (1-1) Mike Farley (5-0) Greg Robinson (2-0)
And here are the other non-conference opponents he has coached against,he only faced each of these teams once:
Akron (1-0) - Lee Owens Arkansas State (1-0) - Steve Roberts Boston College (1-0) - Steve Addazio Buffalo (1-0) - Jim Hoffher Central Michigan (1-0) - Dan Enos Eastern Illinois (1-0) - Bob Spoo FIU (1-0) - Mario Cristobal Georgia Tech (1-0) - Paul Johnson Illinois State (1-0) - Brock Spack Kansas State (0-1) - Bill Snyder UL Monroe (1-0) - Todd Barry Maine(1-0) - Couldn't find their coach in 2008 Mississippi State (1-0) - Joe Moorhead Missouri (1-0) - Gary Pinkel Missouri State (1-0) - Terry Allen Montana (1-0) - Bobby Hauck North Dakota State (0-1) - Chris Klieman Oklahoma (0-1) - Bob Stoops South Carolina (1-0) - Steve Spurrier Stanford (0-1) - David Shaw Tennessee (0-1) - Butch Jones Tennessee Tech (1-0) - Watson Brown USC (0-1) - Pete Carroll Utah State (1-0) - Mick Dennehy Texas (0-1) - Mack Brown Texas Tech (1-0) - Mike Leach Wyoming (1-0) - Craig Bohl
There are the coaches who have gone against Ferentz at multiple points in their career with different teams. These coaches include:
Brady Hoke - Once with Ball State, 3 times with Michigan
Ron Zook - Once with Florida, 4 times with Illinois
Urban Meyer - Once with Florida, Twice with Ohio State
Nick Saban - Once with LSU, Once with Michigan State
Terry Hoeppner - 3 times with Miami U, Twice with Indiana
Dan McCarney - 8 times with Iowa State, Once with North Texas
Paul Chryst - Once with Pittsburgh, 4 times with Wisconsin
Bill Cubit - Once with Western Michigan, Once with Illinois
P.J. Fleck - Once with Western Michigan, Twice with Minnesota
All in all, this is a pretty remarkable tenure for a coach. Just coaching at a program for 20 years is insane, but he has had consistent success as well. He has winnning records against 8 Big Ten teams and is .500 against Northwestern, as well as having a winning record against Iowa State.
Here are some other random things I noticed:
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2013.12.31 21:34 fussbudgets [35 Bowls in 17 Days] The 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl!

The Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapitol Bank
UNLV Rebels vs. North Texas Mean Green
Bowl Information
Date: January 1st, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Broadcast Crew: Clay Matvick (@claymatvick), Matt Stinchcomb, & Dawn Davenport (@DawnDavenportTN)
Point Spread: UNT -6.5
OveUnder: 54.5
Bowl History
Year Founded: 2011
Location: Fair Park, Dallas, Texas
Stadium: Historic Cotton Bowl
Conference Tie-ins: B1G versus C-USA (now wait-a-minute...)
Payouts: $2.4 million ($1.2M per conference)
Sponsor: PlainsCapital Bank in support of the Heart of Dallas non-for-profit charitable organization. Heart of Dallas mission statement:
Heart of Dallas exists to inspire Dallas millennials to become the next generation of influencers and philanthropists by leveraging a consistent calendar of sports and entertainment events. Proceeds from Heart of Dallas activities will be used to invest in collective impact strategies that make Dallas a better place for all of its citizens.
Note the emphasis on millennials' involvement and outreach and then look at their design aesthetics and social media presence... pretty on point. Last year, the Heart of Dallas significantly supported the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, and CitySquare, a housing, meals, and support infrastructure for the homeless are this year's beneficiaries.
Trophies: Beefy Champions Trophy + JD Power & Associates-style MVP trophy
Tickets: Schwing!
Bowl History: So, fussbudgets, I thought The Cotton Bowl was played in its eponymous stadium in Fair Park on New Years Day. What's this?
Well hey, you would have been right until 2009, when Jerry happened. So to fill the void left in Fair Park, the Dallas Football Classic stepped in, anchored by the B1G and facing a rotation of other conferences. In its first game in 2011 it was called the Ticket City Bowl, but in subsequent years when the aforementioned Heart of Dallas organization took over the game, PlainsCapital stepped in as the title sponsor. From 2015 onward (and in effect, for the 2014 iteration), this game will be anchored by Conference USA.
Year Winning Team Losing Team Score Recap
2011 Texas Tech Northwestern 45-38 ESPN
2012 Houston Penn State 30-14 ESPN
2013 Oklahoma State Purdue 58-14 ESPN3 Replay
Heart of Dallas Historic Games Best Game in its 3-year History:
2011 Texas Tech 45-38 Northwestern
  • Despite Tommy Tuberville's inane calls - an on-side kick whilst up three touchdowns late in the third quarter, turned around for a Northwestern score followed by two more subsequent purple-clad touchdowns - the Red Raiders held when it mattered most and Texas Tech won the Inaugural Heart of Dallas (née Ticket City) Bowl on January 1, 2011.
  • There could be a case*(...) made for the following year's 30-14 stomp of Penn State by Houston in Case*(ha!) Keenum's (and Penn State's for a while) last bowl game, but that whole situation makes me sad, so we'll move on.
So, how did the Mountain West vs. C-USA thing happen and is there anything of note in this match-up?
  • Well in a few words, the B1G sucked it up this year and ESPN Regional Television happened. Due to those Midwesterners unable to provide enough bowl-eligible teams not in BCS Bowls, the question of who'd fill their spot offered a lot of speculation. Everyone from Michigan to Syracuse to Boston College became the popular nominees. Then ERT, who hold the managing contract for the Heart of Dallas Bowl among others, decided to shuffle things up. They gave the CUSA place in the Hawai'i Bowl to Oregon State in exchange for the MWC spot in the Armed Forces Bowl to Middle Tennessee, culminating in the B1G slot in the Heart of Dallas to UNLV.
  • So what makes this bowl game special in light of the shuffle? How about a unique storyline involving the Presidential leadership between both schools? Earlier this year, beloved UNT President V. Lane "Papa Bear" Rawlins announced his retirement. Current UNLV President Neal Smatresk was named as UNT's sole finalist for the same position in late November. Awkward. But really, Smatresk is loving the rare opportunity to see both of his teams get to take each other on on New Year's Day and will be performing the coin toss with a green-red striped tie.
  • UNLV currently holds a 4-0 all-time record over North Texas.
UNLV Rebels
Bowl Record: 3*-0
"UNDEFEATED" clapclapclapclapclap
Year Bowl Opponent Result Recap
1984 California Bowl Toledo W 30-13* Team Reunion
1994 Las Vegas Bowl Central Michigan W 52-24 Recap
2000 Las Vegas Bowl Arkansas W 31-14 Recap
* Forfeited Game due to NCAA Violations
Historic Bowl Games:
1994 Las Vegas Bowl - UNLV 52 - Central Michigan 34
-After just one winning season in the past seven years, the 1994 UNLV Rebels finally made it back to the postseason in the third annual Las Vegas Bowl against the MAC Champion Central Michigan Chippewas. The Rebels lead only 14-10 after one, but then racked up 17 unanswered points off three CMU turnovers to take a halftime lead of 31-10. UNLV added three more second half TDs to extend the score to 52-10, and capped off their second bowl win in school history, 52-24.
2000 Las Vegas Bowl - UNLV 31 - Arkansas 14
-In what would be the Rebels last bowl game before this season, UNLV came into 2000 Las Vegas Bowl with their highest win total since 1984, going 7-5 in their second year in the Mountain West. Across the field, the Arkansas Razorbacks played as the SEC's first and only team to be chosen for the Las Vegas Bowl. After a tight first half that ended in a 14-14 tie, the Rebels ran away with the game and kept their perfect bowl record intact, 31-14 over the Hogs.
2013 Season Record: 7-5, 5-3 MWC
Week Opponent & Season Record Result Recap
1 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4) L 51-23 Recap
2 vs. Arizona Wildcats (7-5) L 58-13 Recap
3 vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6) W 31-21 Recap
4 vs. Western Illinois Leathernecks (4-8 FCS) W 38-7 Recap
5 @ New Mexico Lobos (3-9) W 56-42 Recap
6 OPEN DATE Drunk Can't Remember
7 vs. Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (1-11) W 39-37 Recap
8 @ #17 Fresno State Bulldogs (11-1) L 38-14 Recap
9 @ Nevada Wolfpack (4-8) W 27-22 Recap
10 vs. San Jose State Spartans (6-6) L 34-24 Recap
11 vs. Utah State Utes (8-5) L 28-24 Recap
13 @ Air Force Falcons (2-10) W 41-21 Recap
14 vs. San Diego State Aztecs (7-5) W 45-19 Recap
Bowl :D vs. North Texas TBD
Key Players this Season:
Senior RB Tim Cornett
-The power behind the Rebels offense, Cornett made it back to back seasons with 1,000 yards rushing and set career highs in touchdowns, carries, and yards in a game with a 220 yard performance against Air Force.
Senior QB Caleb Herring
-At the helm of the Rebel offense is Senior Caleb Herring, who took over the starting job after his relief performance in a comeback win over CMU. Herring has had a great year for the Rebels, throwing for over 2,500 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2013, with only four picks.
Junior WR Devante Davis
-Herring's number one target, Devante Davis has been slowly improving each year at UNLV, with 2013 being his best. The Junior from Galena Park, Texas grabbed 77 catches for over 1,100 yards and 14 Touchdowns this season, and averaged 15 yards a grab this year.
Biggest Plays this Season:
Cornett has a 200 yard, 4 TD night against Air Force, capped off with this 46-yard run
Herring hits a WR deep in the Rebs' blowout of SDSU
Season Summary:
-After being handed two blowouts in back to back weeks by Minnesota and Arizona, the Rebels started a four-game win streak with wins over Central Michigan, New Mexico, and Hawaii. This is the first time UNLV had a win streak since the 2008 season, when they beat Arizona State and Iowa State in overtime in back to back weeks. Their 4-2 start was also their best start since the 2003 season, when they also started 4-2. The Rebs would only win their next 1 of 4, falling to 5-5 on the season, just one win away from being bowl eligible for the first time since 2000. They would go on to win their last two games of the year to finish the season 7-5 and third in the Mountain West.
Why we are going to win:
-The Rebels offense has shown that they can put up the points this year behind the arm of Caleb Herring and the legs of Tim Cornett, but can they go past the stout Mean Green Defense? UNT's defense is in the top ten of points allowed this year, and will test the UNLV offense. Prediction: North Texas 27 - UNLV 17
North Texas Mean Green
Bowl Record: 2-7
Year Bowl Outcome Recap
1946 Optimist North Texas 14 - Pacific 13 -
1947 Salad (precursor to Fiesta Bowl) North Texas 6 - Nevada 13 -
1959 Sun North Texas 8 - New Mexico St. 28 Recap
2001 New Orleans North Texas 20 - Colorado St. 40 Sports Illustrated
2002 New Orleans North Texas 24 - Cincinatti 19 ESPN
2003 New Orleans North Texas 17 - Memphis 27 USAToday
2004 New Orleans North Texas 10 - Southern Mississippi 31 ESPN
2013 Heart of Dallas North Texas - UNLV TBD
Historic Bowl Games:
2002 New Orleans Bowl
The second in four straight New Orleans Bowl appearances, North Texas held Cincinatti to 85 yards rushing and intercepted five Gino Guidugli passes for a 24-19 victory, it's first bowl W in 55 years. Also of note is the resurgence of running back Patrick Cobbs, who would be the nation's leading average rusher the next year.
2013 Season Record: 8-4, 6-2 C-USA
Date Opponent & Season Record Result
8/31 vs Idaho Vandals (1-11) W 40-6
9/07 @ Ohio Bobcats (7-5) L 27-21
9/14 vs Ball So Hard State Cardinals (10-2) W 34-27
9/21 @ #9 Georgia Bulldogs (8-4) L 45-21
10/05 @ Tulane Green Wave (7-5) L 24-21
10/12 vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-4) W 34-7
10/19 @ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-8) W 28-13
10/26 @ Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (1-11) W 55-14
10/31 vs Rice Owls (10-3) W 28-16
11/09 vs UTEP Miners (2-10) W 41-7
11/23 vs UTSA Roadrunners (7-5) L 21-13 (Ugh.)
11/30 @ Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-9) W 42-10
Key Players this Season:
  • Zach Orr: The Heart, Soul, and Passion of the Mean Green this year. Supreme Captain of our Defense. 2013 C-USA All-American First Team Middle Linebacker and Academic All-American, leads team in tackles with 114, and is the kind of guy McCarney would let date his daughter. HYPE
  • Marcus Trice: If Orr is Supreme Captain, Trice is his right-hand First Lieutenant. This Oklahoma Transfer is 2013 C-USA All-American First Team Defensive Back, leads team on interceptions and pass blocks, and has notched three blocked kicks. HYPE ON HYPE
  • Brelan Chancellor: Lightning in a bottle. #5 Nationally in Punt Returns, #9 Nationally in Kickoff Returns, 2013 C-USA Special Teams Player of the Year, First Team All-American in both PR and KR, Second Team All-American at WR. HYPE ON HYPE ON HYPE
Biggest Plays this Season:
Season Summary: In our centennial celebratory year of fielding competitive football and first in Conference USA, this 2013 Mean Green squad has been quoted as being the best and most complete team Denton has witnessed since Mean Joe Greene graced the grass of Fouts Field. Alternate uniforms were reveled in, a tough, but favorable schedule was had, games were finally won again with confidence and swagger, and the third season of Dan McCarney's improbable rebirth of a program was complete. That's not to say the Mean Green didn't have its share of low points; ineptitude coming off bye weeks were especially frustrating with a last-second FG loss to Tulane and the 58 minute collapse against UTSA. We as a fan base knew we'd be all right though, witnessing the future of our program in coming back from down 17 to win against a 10-2 Ball State, tying up #9 Georgia late in the 3rd quarter, and finally breaking the horrible streak of never capitalizing on a win with another. We're finally back.
To really get a quality look into how we got here, I highly recommend this TV series done on the program this season: Beyond The Green
Why we are going to win: The Defense. I'm not even going to talk about the offense or flat-out amazing special teams play; we are going to win the Heart of Dallas Bowl by an Emerald-Accented Iron Curtain blessed by the best there ever was. Let me lay down some season stats:
  • #1 in Unsuccessful Opponent Red Zone Scoring
  • #4 in Turnovers Forced
  • #4 in Unsuccessful Opponent 4th Down Conversions
  • #7 in Points Allowed
  • #7 in Fumble Recoveries
  • #9 in Scoring Defense
  • #17 in Interceptions
  • #19 in Rushing Defense
  • #20 in Sacks
  • #27 in Total Defense
Okay, fine, I'll relent. Our equally amazing Special Teams stats:
  • Tied for #1 in Total Blocked Kicks/Punts
  • #1 in Unsuccessful Opponent Field Goals
  • #2 in Punt Returns-for-Touchdowns
  • #6 in Punt Returns
  • #12 in Kickoff Returns-for-Touchdowns
  • #17 in Kickoff Returns
Prediction: Mean Green 34 - Rebels 17
#GOMEANGREEN!!! (slightly NSFW)
Contributors: fussbudgets, teamstepdad, & TheTurner
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2013.12.20 05:25 Fleurr Hop on the 2013/2014 Coaching Carousel!

Dear /CFB ers,
To keep track of the flurry of rumors and coaching changes happening in the upcoming off-season, I decided to make a table of coaches and their current salaries/contracts. Then I realized that putting it on reddit 1) might be beneficial to more people than just myself, and 2) if you all like it, it will be checked on a regular basis by fans who pay much more attention to their own teams than I will.
So it's pretty self-explanatory, but if you all like it/want to offer suggestions I can clarify or modify the data, add other conferences, etc. I'll be keeping it as up-to-date as I can throughout the off-season, mostly for my own benefit/amusement. But if this is something people want to keep up with and help update, I wouldn't say no! I'm going to try to include links wherever appropriate, so if you see an extension/coaching change try to get a link!

tl;dr - Thanks so much, /cfb, for making this season so enjoyable. Here's a fucking table. -Fleurr

Edit 1: (12/19/13) Finishing up the five power conferences.
Edit 2: (12/20/13) The rest of the FBS has now been added: American, C-USA, MACtion, MWC, Sun Belt, and the indies. I've gone ahead and made the conference moves for both 2014 and 2015. If you see ('15), they aren't in the conference next season but the one after. Might consider doing FCS too, if it would be helpful?
Coach University Since Contract 2013/2014 (Re)Commitment? Last Seen
George O'Leary 2004 2013-2017 $1.5M None Minnesota Vikings DC
Tommy Tuberville 2013 2013-2017 $2.2M None HC
Bob Diaco 2014 2014-???? ? Yes (Contract) DC
Ruffin McNeill 2010 2013-2017 $1.15M None DC
Tony Levine 2011 2011-2014 $900k None ST
Justin Fuente 2012 2013-2017 $900k None OC
Ken Niumatalolo ('15) 2007 2011-?* $1.65M* None OC
Willie Taggart 2013 2013-2017 $1.15M None HC
June Jones 2008 2014-2017 $2M Yes (Extension, Unsigned) HC
Matt Rhule 2013 2013-????** ?** None New York Giants Asst. OL
Curtis Johnson 2012 2014-2020 $500k Yes (Extension) New Orleans Saints WR
Bill Blankenship 2011 2011-2015 $800k None WRB/ST
Garrick McGee 2012 2012-2016 $550k None OC
Charlie Partridge 2014 2014-???? ? Yes(Contract) DL
Ron Turner 2013 2013-2017 $500k None Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
Skip Holtz 2013 2013-2017 $500k None HC
Doc Holliday 2010 2012-2015 $600k None Asst.
Rick Stockstill 2006 2012-2019 $281k None WR
Dan McCarney 2011 2011-2015 $500k None DL
Bobby Wilder 2009 2013-2017 $555k None OC
David Bailiff 2007 2013-2016 ?* None HC
Todd Monken 2013 2013-2016 ~$750k None OC
Sean Kugler 2013 2013-2017 $280k None Pittsburgh Steelers OL
Larry Coker 2009 2011-2015 $200k Yes (Extension, Unsigned) HC
Bobby Petrino 2013 2013-2017 $850k None HC
Brad Lambert ('15) 2011 2011-2016 $250k None DC
Terry Bowden 2012 2014-2018 $300k Yes (Extension) HC
Pete Lembo 2011 2011-2015 $350k None HC
Dino Babers 2014 2014-???? ? Yes (Contract) HC
Jeff Quinn 2010 2013-2017 $325k None OC
Dan Enos 2010 2013-2016 $325k None RB
Chris Creighton 2014 2014-???? ? Yes (Contract) HC
Paul Haynes 2013 2013-2017 $375k None DC
Charley Molnar 2012 2012-2016 $419k None OC
Chuck Martin 2014 2014-2018 $450k Yes (Contract) OC
Rod Carey 2013 2013-2017 $500k None OC
Frank Solich 2005 2013-2017 $430k None HC
Matt Campbell 2012 2012-2016 $360k None Asst.
P. J. Fleck 2013 2013-2018 $392.5k None Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR
Troy Calhoun 2007 2011-2015 $1M None Houston Texans OC
Bryan Harsin 2014 2014-2018 $1M Yes (Contract) HC
Tim DeRuyter 2012 2012-2016 $650k Extension (Rumored) DC
Jim McElwain 2012 2012-2016 $1.5M None OC
Norm Chow 2012 2012-2016 $550k None OC
Bobby Hauck 2010 2014-2016 $350k Yes (Extension) HC
Brian Polian 2013 2013-2017 $600k None ST
Bob Davie 2012 2013-2019 $760k None HC
Rocky Long 2011 2013-2017 $800k None DC
Ron Caragher 2013 2013-2017 $500k None HC
Matt Wells 2013 2013-2017 $500k None OC
Craig Bohl 2014 2014-???? ? Yes (Contract) HC
Scott Satterfield 2013 2013-2016 $225k None OC
Trent Miles 2013 2013-2017 $450k None HC
Jeff Monken 2010 2013-2013 $450k Speaking with Army RB
Paul Petrino 2013 2013-2015 $400k None OC
Mark Hudspeth 2011 2012-2016 $800k None WR
Todd Berry 2010 2013-2016 $288k None OC
Doug Martin 2013 2013-2016 $365k None OC
Joey Jones 2008 2009-2013 $358k None Birm.-So. (D3)
Dennis Franchione 2011 2013-2017 $400k None HC
Larry Blakeney 1991 2012-2014 $281k None Asst.
 **Temple is a public university, but does not make its contracts publicly available. 
If you spot inaccuracies, confusing syntax, or any other problems, please PM me or post a comment below! I'll try to correct each as we move along throughout the post-season.
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2013.07.05 16:14 fussbudgets 132+ Teams in 132+ Days: North Texas Mean Green

Conference USA
Year Founded: 1890
Location: Denton, TX
Total Attendance: 36,000 (approx. 29,000 Undergraduate and 7,000 Graduate students)
Mascot: Son of Worm, lineage: The Flying Worm
The Mean Green
So wait, UNT is obviously the Eagles! Where the hell did Mean Green come from?? Well, we were commonly known as the Eagles until the late Sixties where there are two supposed theories for the switch. One being that some basketball players started the term as a call and response cheer after being dissatisfied with previous chants: Ira Daniels would yell, "Mean Green, you look so good to me," and we'd say, "Mean Green." The other, more popularized version involves the wife of the sports information director at the time yelling, "That's the way, Mean Greene!" in regards to a spectacular tackle by the legendary Joe Greene (see below). She thought it would apply well to the defensive unit as a whole, and thus local sports write-ups took it from there and next year Mean Green memorabilia started populating bookstore shelves. Then! Joe Greene wound up being one of the most prolific defensive tackles ever to play in the NFL, where the moniker of Mean Joe Greene soon became synonymous with his alma mater. Thus, some people like to think that UNT took on the name after Joe's success, but the actual timelines prove to be a little less vicarious than that. Our teams are not the only ones who have gone through name changes as well.
Additionally, there are a couple of families of elusive albino squirrel on campus that serve as unofficial academic mascots. At one point however, it was thought they had died out. I have seen a couple in the last few years though.
Live Mascot: Scrappy the Eagle and his parentage, the absolutely terrifying Eppy. Scrappy in action. Scrappy gets all the ladies.
Cheerleaders: 1 2
Dance Team: 1 2 3 4 It's common knowledge that our dancers tend to fare pretty well when it comes time for Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders tryouts.
Marching Band: The Green Brigade
The Green Brigade is comprised of 350 music and non-music majors from all disciplines across the university. Hailing from the College of Music, which is the largest accredited US music school by enrollment (more on that later), the GB plays with an incredible amount of musicianship. A good portion of the marchers and directors spend their eligible summers populating the Drum Corps International circuit. Bleacher Report recently named both the GB and our drumline as the best in the nation,, you know what? I can't. I can't accept praise from BR. Anyway. Popular tunes from the stands include "Fly Like an Eagle" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" after games. It's always popular for the drumline to do their own thing after halftime performances while the band is shuffling back into the stands. Also, this. And for unrelated giggles, how about a coffee break?
Fight Song
Let's give a cheer for U of NT;
Cheer for the Green and White.
Victory's in store whatever the score,
Our team will ever fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Shoulder to shoulder we march along,
Striving for victory.
Playing the game for the honor and fame,
And the glory of UNT.
U ... N ... T ... Eagles! (CAW!)
UNT Eagles Fight, Fight, Fight!
Stadium: Apogee Stadium, Glamour Shot 1 2
Capacity: 30,850
The $78M Apogee opened in 2011 as the first ever LEED Platinum certified stadium in US collegiate athletics. It was the first stadium project for HKS Architects and Manhattan Construction post-Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, and we all think they did a damn fine job. Its naming rights were scooped up by Apogee ResNet, the Austin-based internet service provider for ours and many other universities' dorms. Though we like the name for an athletic venue, given Apogee's poor level of internet service, the naming comes as a little bit of a farce. Apogee has gone over incredibly well in reviews from the college football world, receiving admiration recently from both Alabama and Vanderbilt staff and coaches. Ex Dallas Cowboys Super Scout Gil Brandt after touring Apogee Stadium called UNT's football palace "a Taj Mahal of a college football stadium." The venue is powered by three wind turbines as well as the Denton grid. With Denton being the largest per-capita consumer of green energy in the country at 40% from the Muenster Wolf Ridge wind farm and other smaller ventures, that makes Apogee one mean green facility.
Stadium Location: On-Campus, in the Mean Green Athletic Village - modeled after Olympic villages where athletes' dorms, training, and fields of competition are all in one place.
Conference Champions (25): Lonestar ('32,'35,'36,'39,'40,'41,'46,'47), Gulf Coast ('50,'51,'52,'55,'56), Missouri Valley ('58,'59,'66,'67,'71,'73), Southland ('83,'94), Sun Belt ('01,'02,'03,'04), CUSA (impending)
Number of Bowl Games: 2 Wins (1 non-FBS), 7 Total
National Titles: Aha.Ha.
  • SMU The Safeway Bowl So this is one that folks on the Pony side of the DFW metroplex try to ignore, but one that we simply cannot let go. The two schools have played since 1922 and it has been a completely one-sided affair. Mean Green Dentonites have consistently felt snubbed by the richer classes of Highland Park, and that resentment spills over into all sorts of outlets, but none more so than athletics. In 1994, after failing to reestablish the football matchup in two years, UNT head coach Matt Simon had this to say, "I'd like to play because I think we could beat them, and my players feel the same way. If they'd like to play on a Safeway parking lot ... just give us a date and time." Thus, the unofficial colloquial title. Though there's no physical trophy, there have been plenty of visceral actions from this rivalry; they've painted our administration building doors, we've stolen their head coach, etc. Thankfully, our ADs have come to some sort of terms and locked in a renewal to the bout for 11 straight years starting in 2014. SMU leads the series 28-4-1.
  • Middle Tennessee State UNT leads 7-5.
  • Western Kentucky UNT leads 4-2.
These two have evolved naturally from our Sun Belt match ups and are honestly the only two teams from the Belt that we're glad are following us. The games get really intense amongst all our sports, but more so in basketball. I like to think of these games in their sum total as the "RGB games".
2012 Season
Record: 4-8
Coach: Dan McCarney
2012 Roster
Key Players:
  • Zach Orr, MLB - Orr continued his second straight year of leading the Mean Green defense, in both tackles at 108 and making second-team All-Sun Belt. The 2013 season will mark the third straight year that Orr is Defensive Captain as a Senior.
  • Jeremy Brown, Brandon Byrd, Antoinne Jimmerson, RBs - After Dallas Cowboy and multiple record-breaking all-star RB Lance Dunbar matriculated in 2012, the Mean Green were left without a consensus starter - because all three of these beasts were so good! Hence, our Cerberus-style run game became one of the most exciting aspects of play last year: Byrd the steady bruiser, Brown the do-it-all, and Jimmerson the elusive spinster. Each made major contributions and went for 500+ yards. If you're savvy however, you'd realize that this is a really run-heavy attack in a supposedly Spread offense. And while the 3-in-1 RBs were exciting, they were also poised into some really frustrating and predictable play-calling due to the erratic behavior of...
  • ...Derek Thompson, QB - I think we can all admit that most offenses live and die on the level of quarterback play, and ours most certainly died a little inside. Thompson, the second year starter, went into 2012 looking vastly improved but still not exactly accurate. Once play began, however, Mean Green fans were never sure which DT would show up that day. What was most baffling was that against the top rated competition, namely Kansas State and LSU, he really showed up, his handling of the offense was fantastic, and he really seemed to have a grasp on things - but then against middling and low-level Sun Belt conference foes, he evaporated into an over-throwing, mistake-prone nightmare. We literally could have won out the year on a high note leading against Western Kentucky, when a few interceptions brought McCarney and Offensive Coordinator Mike Canales to halt all pass plays and eventually bring our season to a begrudging end. There's some light at the end of the tunnel for 2013, however...
Biggest Plays:
[side note on K-State game]: This loss was probably one of Mean Green fans' bright spots for the year as we baffled coaches and commentators alike and remained incredibly competitive for 3 quarters+. Ultimately though, a slew of highly questionable and homer calls and non-calls really drove us back in this one. Nonetheless, UNT generally has an amiable affinity for K-State and we all really hoped they would win it all last year.
2013 Season
2013 Schedule
Aug. 31 vs Idaho - this will be the first season that's started with a UNT home game in like a decade+, I believe.
Sept. 7 at Ohio
Sept. 14 vs Ball State
Sept. 21 at Georgia - annual prostitution game. Maybe this time we'll pull an AppState? Yeah,right.
Sept. 28 Bye
Oct. 5 at Tulane* - first game of Conference USA play! USA! USA! USA!
Oct. 12 vs Middle Tennessee* - or MUTS, as we call 'em.
Oct. 19 at Louisiana Tech*
Oct. 26 at Southern Miss*
Oct. 31 vs Rice* - Thursday on Halloween! My god, I hope they bring The MOB with them!
Nov. 9 vs UTEP*
Nov. 16 Bye
Nov. 23 vs UTSA*
Nov. 30 at Tulsa*
2013 Roster
The Greats
Greatest Games:
  • 1957, 35-14 W over highly favored Navarro College - This was UNT's Jackie Robinson story, where Abner Haynes went off for four TDs in the second half for a come-from-behind victory in the face of a litany of racial epithets hurled his way.
  • 2001, 24-21 W over Middle Tennessee - This was the first turning point for the Mean Green in its Sun Belt years. UNT (0-5 on the season) came out of nowhere to defeat the Blue Raiders and began a nearly undefeated conference record for the next four years, garnering as many Championships.
  • 2002, 24-19 New Orleans Bowl W over Cincinnati - This is UNT's only FBS era bowl win.
  • Additionally, we have a few really surprising underdog wins in our history over teams like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Florida.
Greatest Players:
  • Ray Renfro, WRB (1951-1952) - Had a storied twelve year career for the Cleveland Browns winning two championships in the pre-Super Bowl days, following an All-American period with NTSU.
  • Abner Haynes, RB (1956-1960) - The first African-American player in Texas college football (along with Leon King), Haynes, a Denton native, led one of the greatest comebacks in North Texas history (see Greatest Games) and 3 conference championships in his 4 years. He then went on to win the AFL's first ever Player of the Year award as a member of the Dallas Texans (now the Kansas City Chiefs). He still holds a number of rushing records for the Chiefs franchise.
  • "Mean" Joe Greene, DT(LB) (1966-68) - By far UNT's most outstanding and recognizable player and to some, the namesake of our teams (see above). 1968 Consensus All-American, of the 1984 College Football Hall of Fame class, Greene led a defensive unit that allowed only 2-yards per carry average across 29 games, leading the Eagles to a record of 23-5-1. Selected fourth overall in the 1969 draft to the Pittsburg Steelers, Greene quickly became the franchise player for one of the era's most dominant NFL teams. Anchoring the veracious "Steel Curtain", Greene racked up more awards than is worth typing in this already lengthy post. After retiring, Greene became an assistant coach for the Steelers and a few other teams for 16 years and in 2004 became the Special Assistant for Player Personnel for the Steelers from which he has just officially retired in 2013. He retires with six Super Bowl rings across both his playing career and professional career. He resides nearby to Denton in Flower Mound, TX and occasionally will participate in UNT marketing activities, though it's rumored that he would really like the attention to go elsewhere. Thanks, Mean Joe!
  • Patrick Cobbs, RB (2001-2005) - One of the heroes of the North Texas glory years, Cobbs played as a backup his first two years before taking the starting job in 2003, when he led the country in rushing yards and points per game. He eclipsed basically every record at North Texas, and held them all until...
  • Lance Dunbar, RB, 2009-2012. The bright spot in the past few years, Dunbar beat Cobbs's records across the board, and finished 6th in the nation in rushing in his Senior season. Despite going undrafted, he played his way onto the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster in 2012.
Greatest Coaches:
  • Odus Mitchell (1946-1966) - Winningest UNT coach ever at 122-85-9. in his first season, NTSU won its first bowl game at the Optimist Bowl (non-FBS). His teams won 10 conference championships across three different conferences, and had one streak of 7 winning seasons, which remains a school record. In his final year of coaching, an 8-2 Eagle squad would help earn him National Coach of the Year honors.
  • Hayden Fry (1973-1978) - Weren't expecting that one were you? After SMU and before his legendary stint at Iowa, Fry was both the head football coach and athletic director in an incredibly uncertain time for North Texas Athletics, when dropping Division 1 football was a serious prospect. Fry resurrected the team and fan base, compiling a 40-23-2 record over six seasons. At this time, he even got to coach three of his sons. He never took a team to a bowl game, but it has been noted that if there were the same number and eligibility of bowl games then as there are now, 5/6 of his teams would have gone on to post-season play.
  • Darrell Dickey (1998-2006) - Dickey is one of the more popular, but dividing figures in recent UNT memory. He lead the Mean Green to their only winning seasons in the Sun Belt, where they dominated the conference between 2001 and 2004, winning four straight championships. These seasons led to four straight New Orleans bowl berths as well with a stunning 2002 victory over Cincinnati. Alas, Dickey's success did not last and years of recruiting reliance on JUCO transfers left the Mean Green scraping the barrel. The massive falling out and spurning Dickey received leading to his early departure in 2006 is detailed here. This article also lends itself as reasoning for why Mean Green fans absolutely loathe the possibility of black uniforms. Just, bad blood all around. Dickey, like other recent UNT coaches had bouts with bad health. He had a heart attack 2 months before being fired, and possibly had his gall bladder removed and found out he was diabetic prior to his final season. Unfortunately, Dickey's departure brought on the incredibly hyped-up but equally incredibly doomed/flawed/failed hiring of national high school stand-out coach, Todd Dodge.
  • Dan McCarney? - So, here's to hoping! UNT has a special love for McCarney for three things: he belongs to the epic coaching tree under Hayden Fry, he's made a success story out of a similarly situated Iowa State between 1995 and 2006, and the dude's won a National Championship with Florida. Also, this badassery. Due to excessive sun exposure (seriously) while at Florida, McCarney went legally blind in one eye briefly after being hired at UNT. So, he got it replaced with a glass one. Bad. Ass. He's still sensitive to light though, so he wears athletic and designer sun glasses at nearly. all. times. This has led to some epic interpretations of Coach Mac's greatness such as this and my own take. Beyond the eye issues, McCarney also had a stroke last year (to which he replied, "It wasn't anything a little Grey Goose couldn't fix!") and bypass heart surgery before Spring drills this year (to which he returned on the job within the week!)!! The guy's a tank. Here's to year 3 of the McCarney era!
Current NFL Players
  • Patrick Cobbs, RB, New Orleans Saints
  • Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys
  • Jamize Olawale, RB, Oakland Raiders
  • Craig Robertson, LB, Cleveland Browns
  • Brian Waters, G, New England Patriots
  • Spiriki - Spiriki was donated by a group of super alumni as Apogee opened. The bronze imposing eagle bust stands just over 4' tall and is patted upon players' entrance onto the field for luck.
  • The Talons - the super crew when it comes to Mean Green fandom. These radicals get all suited up and lead various aspects of UNT traditions such as:
    • Boomer the Canon* - a muzzle loading Civil War-era canon fired off to signal UNT touchdowns, kick-off, half-time, and the end of home football games as well as special occasions such as University Day.
    • Mean Green Machine* - A 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan that used be driven around the track when we played at Fouts Field. It recently fell to disrepair (again), and rather than keep fixing a flawed engine, the Engineering Department took it under its wing and converted it into an all-electric vehicle.
    • Spirit Bell* - a large cast-iron bell that used to be tugged around on a military USATS transport. It is nowadays a fixture at Apogee Stadium.
    • Lighting of McConnell Tower* - after any athletic victory, the tower atop the Hurley Administration Building is lit up green where typically a gathered group below sings the Fight Song and UNT alma mater, "Glory to the Green".
    • Homecoming Bonfire* - UNT has lit a Homecoming bonfire since 1946 upon the return of WWII troops, and the Talons have managed the whole process since 1960. Entirely built by hand, members and alumni of the Talons spend the whole week camped out by the site to guard the bonfire from any threats, of which there have been numerous odd ones (including a time bomb) in the past. Ever since the bonfire collapse tragedy at A&M in 1999, UNT has maintained the largest bonfire in the state at 40'+ and supposedly recent iterations have been the largest pallet-constructed bonfires in the world. There's a special peninsula surrounded by a pond at the Apogee Stadium grounds designed specifically for holding the bonfire.
  • Eagle Claw* - like everyone else in the state, we have our own hand gesture. However, we're only a handful of colleges in Texas that don't accompany our gestures with some form of verbal "____, 'Em".
  • UNT state flag - a much better looking version of the ole Texas rag.
*It should be noted that all of the traditions marked with asterisks kind of have the quality of being... appropriated. The entry on traditions from this excellent unWikipedia article pretty well sums it up.
Campus and Surrounding Area
City Population: 114,100 - a 41% increase since 2000.
DFW Metroplex Population: 6,526,548 - largest in the South.
City Skyline The central sense of place in Denton beyond its two universities (oh hey, there's also Texas Women's University in town) is the Square and its surrounding area, highlighted by this sucker. The Courthouse on the Square is by far the most Instagram'd locale in town.
Iconic Campus Buildings:
Beyond Apogee Stadium, there a number of iconic buildings on campus including:
Local Dining:
Denton is going through a little bit of a restaurant renaissance at the moment and there seems to be great places opening all the time, so this is just the best of a huge list!
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch/Dinner
    • Rooster's $$ Interesting take on BBQ. Don't even try to attempt the Hell Burger Sliders.
    • Hannah's $$$$ The nicest place in town, and boy, is it nice.
    • J&J's $ In a town full of great pizza, my fave.
    • La Sabrocita $ Out of all the splendid, down to earth taco places, this one is king.
  • Coffee
    • Big Mike's $ Yeah! Occupy______ training grounds!
  • Drinks - It should be noted that Dentonites know how to drink rather well and our prices are the lowest in the DFW metroplex.
    • Fry Street Area (just off NE corner of campus)
    • + Lucky Lou's $ Can you say $.50-2.00 wells and sells more Jim Beam than anywhere else in the country? I can!
    • + Cool Beans $ Their burger plus the seasonal Shiner is a winner any time.
    • Square Area
    • + Oak St Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor $$ Second oldest house in Denton, one of the most beautiful and vast selections of local beers on-tap you will ever witness, giant biergarten-esque backyard.
    • + Paschall Bar "Like walking into Belgium" - a NYC band. Owned and operated by members of the band Midlake.
Random Trivia
  • Yes, the 1991 comedy Necessary Roughness, depicting a down on their-luck college football team starring Scott Bakula and Sinbad, was nearly completely filmed on our campus and used our facilities. Yes, the movie is weirdly well-reflective of both our and SMU's recent histories at the time. Yes, we both resent and relish in this one. You know what? Just, here: it'll be worth the three bucks. Added incentive, SI Swimsuit model turned place kicker, Kathy Ireland.
  • The O-line for the Mean Green only allowed 5 sacks overall last year, making our QB pocket the safest in the nation. Now if only DT could have done something with that.
  • The university and athletics programs were among the first to desegregate in the US in 1956.
  • UNT and FIU established a college football record of seven overtimes played in our 25-22 win over the Panthers in 2006.
  • Navy vs UNT in 2007 set the all time combined score total of a college football game with the Midshipmen winning 74-62.
  • As I mentioned before, UNT has the largest accredited College of Music by enrollment at just under 2,000 students, with Indiana always close behind. There are over 50 large ensembles for students to express their musical virtuosity. Combined with individual recitals, degree lectures, guest performances, and the other musical ventures that take place separate from the College, the total count for performances on campus in any calendar year easily tops 1,000+! This year's tally is going to be in the 1,100 range. UNT also offered the first ever degree in jazz studies in the mid Forties.
  • Within the jazz studies dept., there are nine hour-oriented lab bands as well as a handful of other jazz ensembles. The most notable of these is the One O'Clock Lab Band, which holds the distinction of being the only collegiate ensemble in America to be nominated for a Grammy Award (six and counting). Also, they're a personal favorite of the King of Thailand and have performed fowith him!
  • Notable alumni of the university include: Dr. Phil McGraw, Norah Jones, Peter Weller (Robocop), Eli Young Band, Neon Indian, Midlake, Don Henley (The Eagles! Supposedly Hotel California was written in Bruce Hall dorm), Lou Marini of the Blues Brothers, Bowling for Soup, Roy Orbison, [you start noticing the trend with the music?] Lyle Mays, Pat Boone, Steve Turre, Billy Harper, Meat Loaf (yep), Brave Combo, The Baptist Generals, Stone Cold Steve Austin, actor Thomas Hayden Church, Lewis Abernathy, Jr., architect O'Neil Ford, cartoonist Kerry Gammill, pulitzer prize-winning author Larry McCurtry, journalist Bill Moyers, golfer Don January, a couple of Miss Americas, politicians Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess (meh), Ray Roberts, Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir, Dick Armey, etc. (Also, uh..... this guy and supposedly more of his type.)
  • Memenote: She's Overly Attached to UNT! Yeah, she went here.
What Is and What is to Come
2012 was a step backwards for the Mean Green. There were many opportunities for our guys to pull through where they ultimately fell flat. Combined with some key injuries and an increasingly conservative play-calling mindset, and 4-8 actually seems pretty amazing.
The third year of the McCarney era though is looking super bright. It's our 100th year of football! We just joined CUSA (YES)! And though severely underrated, our recruiting classes over the last two years are looking to turn out extremely well for us.
Specifically, let me remind ya'll of QB Brock Bergland (thanks, Kansas). Brock has had a really interesting time getting to Denton, but when he came out of Valor Christian in Colorado as a dual-threat guy, he was rather highly touted. Why don't ya'll take a gander at the company he keeps on that list. Ohhhhhhhhh, yeah. He gave our defense hell last year leading the scout team offense, but unfortunately, Brock pulled a hamstring out of Winter workouts and missed a lot of reps in the Spring. What little we saw of him in the Spring game was incredibly exciting (see: Manziel like), but very brief as well. Tight-lipped McCarney has not yet named a starter at QB for 2013.
Also, please no one look at our absolutely abysmally thin defensive line. I think at last word, there's literally four players on the entire roster listed for the line. Ouch.
Okay, so why hasn't UNT broken out in football over the last 100 years while everyone else in the DFW metroplex has? In a word, music. In another few, the Best Small Town in America. At any given time, there's something like 300 musical acts or bands brewing around town performing in 25 official venues and a slew of unofficial house venues. And they're amazing. Denton as a music scene has been garnering international acclaim for decades and in some minds, has far surpassed any other offerings in the state for what a music scene should be (as in, non-corporate; sorry, Austin). For a possibly un-updated listing of amazing Denton based or founded bands, see here. All of this combined with 100+ festivals, a generally great 'other' arts scene, awesome shopping, the Square, and a metroplex already brimming to capacity with two other collegiate athletic powerhouses plus 5+ professional sports teams, and well, Mean Green football gets the short end of the stick when they're losing. Which, they've lost a lot.
But, that doesn't necessarily mean they won't win in the future. :)
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2013.05.31 15:51 megamanxzero35 132+ Teams 132+ Days - Iowa State Cyclones

BIG 12 Conference
School Founded: 1858
Location: Ames, Iowa
Total Attendance: 31,040
Football Started: 1892
Team Name: Cyclones
Mascot: Cy the Cardinal - Why a Cardinal when you are the Cyclones? Cy also won the 2008 Capital One Mascot of the Year, and also tackled South Carolina's Cocky live on the Today Show.
Live Mascot: Obviously we can't keep a live cyclone on campus, or can we? Tornado Creation Machine! You can read more about it here.
Cheerleaders: Not quite Florida State quality, as our pickings are slimmer, but the dance team isn't bad.
Stadium: Jack Trice Stadium - Named after the first African American athlete in Iowa State history who played on the football team in 1923. He died that year during a game against Minnesota where he broke his collarbone and was later trampled during the game by Minnesota players. The stadium was named after him in 1997 by a student referendum, and is the only Division 1-A stadium named after an African-American. Iowa State fans are quite proud of this.
Also contains the “Colossus of Rhoads” giant videoboard. Top 15 largest in college football (at least at installation in 2011), it measures 79.5ft by 36ft and contains a new speaker system.
Stadium shot here and night game shot.
And if you talk to any Cyclone fan about Jack Trice Stadium, the subject of bowling in the South Endzone will come up. I think the official word right now is facilities needed upgraded before we worry about expanding the stadium. That, and we need to have the demand. The last two years was the first time ISU averaged 50k+ per game. Concept shots here.
Stadium Location: 42°0′51″N 93°38′9″W
Marching Band: Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band, or ISUCF’V’MB for short.
The ISUCF’V’MB, or the Pride of Iowa State, was formed in 1881, and has performed for the Cyclone football team ever since. The band currently has over 320 members across brass, woodwinds, percussion, flag line, and drum majors. It performs at all home games, travels to Iowa City for away Cy-Hawk games, and bowl games. In addition, the band performs a pre-pregame “Step Show” on the east steps of Alumni Hall, and an annual Band Extravaganza with the Jazz & Symphonic Winds band.
For gameday, the band welcomes the football team to the stadium with the Spirit Walk. Afterwards, some members form 4 smaller bands of approx 20 people to roam the tailgating lots, playing school songs for fans at their tailgates. 90 minutes to kickoff, the band plays the Step Show, then parade marches around and into the stadium the band gets in for free, shhhhh... for pregame. The pregame, which has been tweaked in recent years, features ISU Fanfare, Iowa State Fights, For I For S, Nat’l Anthem, Bells of Iowa State, and Go Cyclones Go (Don’t Know the Words).
Videos: The band’s video intro. - Pregame - Pregame First Person - COWBELL!
School Songs:
Fight Song - “Iowa State Fights”
Alma Mater - “The Bells of Iowa State”
Conference Champions (2): 1911, 1912
Rhoads isn’t happy about this.
Number of Bowl Games: 3 Wins, 12 Total
National Titles (0):
Ten Win Seasons (0):
Nine Win Season (1): 2000! Woot! pops champagne
  • Iowa Cy-Hawk Trophy - ISU won the first meeting in 1894; Iowa leads series 39-21 All-Time, 23-13 Trophy Time
  • Kansas State Farmageddon - ISU won the first game in 1917, and leads series 49-43-4
  • Missouri Telephone Trophy - Mizzou leads series 32-18-3
  • West Virginia Riot Bowl - I can dream... - WVU leads series 1-0
And no one really likes Nebraska.
2012 Season
Record: 6-7-0
Coach: Paul “SO PROUD” Rhoads
2012 Roster
Key Players:
Biggest Plays:
Those were two of our best offensive games.
2013 Season
2013 Schedule
  • August 31 - Northern Iowa
  • September 14 - Iowa
  • September 26 - at Tulsa
  • October 3 - Texas
  • October 12 - at Texas Tech
  • October 19 - at Baylor
  • October 26 - Oklahoma State
  • October 31 - at Kansas State
  • November 9 - TCU (Homecoming)
  • November 16 - at Oklahoma
  • November 23 - Kansas
  • November 30 - at West Virginia
2013 Roster
The Greats
Greatest Games: recently, at least
  • vs. Oklahoma State 2011 - First ISU win over a top 6 team ever. ISU recovered from a 24-7 deficit in the 3rd to win 37-31 in double overtime, beating the then-2nd ranked, undefeated Cowboys. Watch all scoring plays and the INT in that clip.
  • @ Texas 2010 - First win over Texas ever for ISU. The Cyclones downed the Longhorns at DKR in Austin 28-21.
  • @ Nebraska 2009 - First win in Lincoln against NU since 1977, this was a defensive victory. Nebraska committed 8 turnovers, enabling the Cyclones to hold the Huskers to a score of 9-7.
  • @ Iowa 2002 - One of the sweetest wins in recent Iowa State history. Down 24-7 at halftime, it looked like the Cyclones 4 game win streak over the Hawks might be over. But an incredible second half performance by Seneca Wallace led the Cyclones to win. This win became sweeter as the season wore on because Iowa kept winning. And kept winning. Eventually finishing 11-1 and killing any National Championship Game hopes as the season was coming to an end.
Greatest Plays:
Greatest Players:
  • Troy Davis, RB - Finished second in the Heisman voting in 1996 and fifth in 1995. Topped 2,000 yards rushing in both seasons and scored 37 touchdowns. He was the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Year in 1996. Holds virtually every rushing record at Iowa State. Greatest Running Back to come through Iowa State hands down.
  • Seneca Wallance, QB - 10 years later, Cyclone fans are still looking for their next Seneca Wallace. A junior college transfer, he led Iowa State to consecutive bowls and even a Top 10 mid-season ranking before the defense fell off the rails. He was one of the most exciting players to watch in recent Cyclone football history.
  • Sage Rosenfels, QB - Before Seneca, there was Sage. A local Iowa kid who was a great QB and who led Iowa State to that magical 9-3 season in 1999-2000. Most famous for the Rosencopter gif during his NFL career. There have been rumors Sage will return to Iowa State in the future. Either on the football staff or in the Athletic Department.
  • Ellis Hobbs, CB - Considered the best corner in Iowa State history. Started for 3 years and earned First Team All-Big 12 his Senior season. Hobbs is most famous in his NFL career by getting beat by Plaxico Burress in Super Bowl XLII with 35 seconds left in the game and ending the Patriots chance of a perfect season. Ellis Hobbs has expressed interest in coming to coach under Paul Rhoads.
Greatest Coaches:
Due to his passion to succeed at Iowa State, Paul Rhoads is considered by many the best thing to happen to Iowa State football. Rhoads has taken ISU to 3 bowl games within 4 years, earned ISU’s 3rd bowl game win in history, and made ISU competitive again. From an outsider looking in, Rhoads record might not look impressive. But what Rhoads has done in 4 years is quite impressive. Only once before has Iowa State made 3 bowls in 4 years.
But among other things, Iowa State is starting to look like a real Big 12 program. Unlike previous coaching regimes, there is talented depth. Before if the first string went down, it might be some true freshman coming in. Games have consistent 52k and up attendance. There aren't empty seats in the stands and the hillsides are routinely full. Iowa State football looks completely different than any other time in its 120+ year history.
Fans know that to turn Iowa State around, it will take time. Many feel that Rhoads will be our Bill "Taco Bell loving wizard" Synder. When he says he wants to win a Big 12 Championship, fans believe him and have seen enough steps taken to know given time it will happen.
If Rhoads is considered the best Iowa State coach, Dan McCarney is the second best head coach the Cyclones have ever had. Coming from the Hayden Fry tree of great coaches, McCarney came to Iowa State from Wisconsin where he was the Defensive Coordinator for Barry Alvarez.
He holds the record for most wins at 56, most losses at 85, and longest tenured coach at 11 years. Dan McCarney came to Iowa State in 1995 after going 0-10-1 and 3-8 for two previous seasons. Iowa State had only been above .500 3 times since 1980. Iowa State sucked.
But McCarney brought hope. His first press conference to announce his hiring he opened with a quote many Cyclones remember. "Why not Iowa State? Why not here?" It took many years of losing before McCarney found some success. Giving Iowa State their first bowl win in 2000 and taking Iowa State to 5 bowls during his tenure. McCarney finally stepped down after 2006 but it was quite apparent that our AD was pushing him out the door but letting him keep his dignity by not firing him. Given that we hired Chizik right after, many fans were pissed we got rid of McCarney who at least fielded competitive teams. Cool trivia, Rhoads worked under McCarney at Iowa State from 1995-1999.
Johhny Majors started what was the first successful football decade, the 70s. Taking Iowa State to 2 bowl games. He is also notable as he is one of two coaches to leave Iowa State and win a National Championship at his next job (Pittsburgh in 1976), with the other being...
The video explains it all.
Football Traditions
  • Spirit Walk - The fans and band welcome the coaches and team to the stadium with a walk down Victory Lane, which goes from north by Hilton Coliseum, through the tailgating lots, to Jack Trice Stadium.
  • Weather Alert - This has become the team intro video the past two years. Some rock music set to some awesome football highlights, and then the video scrambles into the Weather Alert system. The opposing team’s name is updated each game. Pretty awesome.
  • Sweet Caroline - Seems to be our victory song over big opponents now.
  • Tailgating - Cyclones love to tailgate and we do it en masse. Example 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • ‘Honor Before Victory’ Sign - Originally located at the old Clyde Williams Field before the current stadium open, the Cyclones have taken this saying to heart, putting Honor well before Victory for many years...
  • Oranges - DEAD - An extremely old tradition dating back to Clyde Williams field, the fans used to throw oranges on the field after our first touchdown. This was because the Big 8 champion went to the Orange Bowl.
Campus and Surrounding Area
City Population: Ames, IA - 58,965 (including ISU student population)
City Montage - Campus Skyline
Iconic Campus Locations: Campanile - Beardshear Hall - Memorial Union - Lake Laverne - Hilton Coliseum - Friley Hall aka “Hogwarts” - Marston Water Tower - Reiman Gardens
Campus Traditions
  • Memorial Union Zodiac - Rumor has it if you walk across the zodiac located in the entryway to the Great Hall in the Memorial Union, you will fail your next exam unless you throw a coin into the Fountain of Four Seasons located outside.
  • Campaniling - ISU tradition says a student is not a true Iowa Stater until he or she is kissed under the Campanile as it strikes midnight. Mass campaniling occurs the Friday night before Homecoming, and includes fireworks.
  • Midnight Run - When campaniling started as a female-oriented tradition, the Midnight Run was made for males. The object was to streak butt-naked across central campus, going from the door of Curtiss Hall at the stroke of midnight, and reaching the door of Beardshear Hall by the end of the 12th stroke.
Local Dining:
Pizza Pit - Good pizza, great wings. Located on Welch Ave where a good chunk of the campus restauants are at. Great place to meet up with friends and enjoy whatever sporting event is on the TV.
Hickory Park - Great ribs, barbeque, and ice cream sundaes for relatively cheap. Very popular family sit-down dining place, so there’s almost always a wait time to be seated, but moves fairly quickly. Probably the most well known restaurant in Ames. Fran Fraschilla, college basketball analyst and color guy, has said he loves coming to Ames because it means he gets to eat at Hickory Park.
Olde Main - Excellent sit-down restaraunt located in downtown Ames. Featuring it’s own brewery, Olde Main brews some Ames classics, specifically Dinkey Wheat.
Superdog - The ultimate drunk food. A one-of-a-kind blast in your drunken mouth. One-sixth pound all beef hot dog on a hoagie bun topped with bacon, crumbled potato chips, two slices of cheese, ketchup, mustard, pineapple sauce, garlic cilantro sauce, and “special sauce". It contains 990 calories with about 558 of those coming from fat. The super dog is made of 30 grams of protein, 80 grams of carbohydrates and 62 grams of fat. It also contains 19 grams of sugar, 78 milligrams of cholesterol, and a whopping 2234 milligrams of sodium.
Fighting Burrito - Formerly the Flying Burrito (changed due to some preexisting copyright issues), a localized homegrown version of Pancheros or Chipotle. Open very late which is awesome when I'm driving around Ames at 1am.
The Grove Cafe - Ignore the horrible 5th-grade website. Larry knows his stuff, and you won’t find a better (or much larger) pancake anywhere. Try a short stack if you’re extremely hungry.
Bars are located throughout Ames, but the busiest (and collegiate) area is Welch Ave. No website is fully up to date, so look around.
Random Trivia
VEISHEA is the largest student run festival in the nation. Named after the universities’ colleges in 1922 (Vet med, Eng, Ind Sci, Home Econ, Agric), it features a variety of events, including a parade, concerts, tournaments, and other exhibits. Unofficially, it’s a week of drinking and partying, as well as a handful of ‘riots’ that actually caused it to be cancelled for a year. This is part of the concept of the “Riot Bowl” game with WVU’s burning couches, in addition to having the same stadium design.
Iowa State was also home to the first computer. Taken straight from Wiki "Atanasoff and Clifford Berry's computer work was not widely known until it was rediscovered in the 1960s, amidst conflicting claims about the first instance of an electronic computer. At that time, the ENIAC was considered to be the first computer in the modern sense, but in 1973 a U.S. District Court invalidated the ENIAC patent and concluded that the ENIAC inventors had derived the subject matter of the electronic digital computer from Atanasoff."
Iowa State helped in the completion of the Manhattan Project. It produced over 2 million pounds of uranium for the project before private industry took over. ISU received the [Army-Navy
“E” Award]( for the work, and is one of the very few universities to receive the award.
The Design Building was designed without bathrooms. Rumor has it that the plumbers showed up after the building was being constructed, asked where the bathrooms were, and no one knew. That is why they are in the very corners of the building and the Men and Women are on opposite sides.
Friley Hall is one of the largest dorms in the nation. Featuring numerous stairways (including some that lead to nowhere), it houses over 1200 students on 5 different levels, including the student run KURE radio station, and actually has its own ZIP code (50012).
Jake McDonough, DT, graduated senior, and now signed w/ the Jets, produces music in his spare time. He made two songs about Iowa State during his time here, and he’s gotten to work with some fairly big names along the way, including Tech N9ne. - “All In” ft. J Shade - “Comin Thru” ft. Tech N9ne
Iowa State is plenty haunted.
We also have the Iowa Nice Guy.
What Is and What is to Come
2013 is the first year in some time that ISU is going into the season without a major quarterback controversy. Sam Richardson, a redshirt sophomore, won the starting spot after Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett juggled the position most of the year. The offense has been where we have struggled in recent years, and while we lose a lot of experience on that side of the ball, new blood can’t hurt either. In addition, we bring in new Offensive Line coach Chris Klenakis that will hopefully reinvigorate a squad that’s been a giant weak spot. Klenskis has brought with him his knowledge of the Pistol. Judging from speech from players and coaches, fans expect to see a lot of Pistol come this fall.
Defensively, we lose the best LB duo in Iowa State history in Jake Knott and AJ Klein. While we will sorely miss their athleticism, Wally Burnham Defensive Coordinator, has worked miracles in the past and we fully expect him to coach up our defense to perform as well as last season. Our defense has kept us in more games than I like to admit, which is quite an accomplishment in the offensive powerhouse that is the Big 12.
One of the ways Iowa State is stepping up to be a better competitor in the Big 12 is with their new football facility. At 60,000 square feet and costing $20.6 million, the Bergstrom Indoor Practice Facility is a state of the art football facility that will help Iowa State recruit better players and train them to be the best they can be.
I think most fans are realistic knowing that 6 wins again next year would be an accomplishment with the seniors we've lost and the youth that will be asked to step up. But with solid looking recruiting classes these past two years, the future looks bright as Rhoads continues to make Iowa State a contender.
I'd just like thank domderek or Mario_Speedwagon for getting this started. Totally awesome idea and has made the offseason on /CFB very tolerable as we long for our Saturdays this Fall.
Finally, screw the Hawkeyes. drops mic
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