I am continually impressed with the head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones football team. Paul Rhoads is the kind of leader that lots of different schools and lots of different companies could benefit from. His belief in his players and the trust that they give him in turn is a source of encouragement in the sports world where too often image is more important than substance.
Iowa State is a tough place to coach. It’s difficult to compete with the prestige of other schools in its conference–let alone its own state–for highly rated talent. Seeing how Paul Rhoads has taken a school that went 5-19 in the two seasons prior to his arrival, and turned them into a winning program at 12-10, especially given the school’s recruiting challenges is nothing short of amazing.
Iowa State with Paul Rhoads is the school that you root for every week that they play, so long as they’re not playing your team. I wish them all the success in the world…except this week.