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Grinnell’s Maher sets NCAA assists record

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — The small Iowa school that produced 138-point scorer Jack Taylor has set another NCAA record. Division Three Grinnell College player Patrick Maher broke the NCAA record with 37 assists Monday night in a 164-144 victory over College of Faith.

Maher snapped the record of 34 set by Grinnell assistant head coach David Arseneault back in 2007. Maher also had 19 points to help the Pioneers improve to 8-2. Taylor put Grinnell on the national map with 138 points against Faith Baptist Bible on November 20th, 2012. Taylor didn’t play Monday night because of a lower back injury.

Iowa State revels in unbeaten basketball teams

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State remains the only school in the country with undefeated men’s and women’s basketball teams. Each squad is 13-0 and off to the best start in school history. Coach Fred Hoiberg’s men’s team is ranked ninth heading into Tuesday’s home game with Number 7 Baylor. The women are ranked 11th, their highest position since 2002, after winning 82-75 in overtime at Oklahoma on Sunday.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says the strong starts by both teams is a unique situation that has excited the fan base.

Rhoads Hires Ayeni as ISU Running Backs Coach

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January 6th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa- Louis Ayeni, who has had a major impact on Toledo’s running game in his four years at the school, has been named an assistant coach for running backs at Iowa State, head coach Paul Rhoads announced today.

Ayeni spent the last three seasons as Associate Head Coach/Run Game Coordinator at Toledo producing outstanding results. The Rockets qualified for a bowl game in three of the last four seasons and finished among the top five rushing teams in the MAC all four years.

The Woodbury, Minn., native helped place a Toledo running back on an all-MAC team and mentored a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last four seasons.

“We are very excited to have Lou join our staff,” Rhoads said. “He brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to this position, both traits I see as essential to aid in the advancement of our football program. He is a dynamic and relentless recruiter which is also vital to our sustained success.”

The Rockets are coming off a 7-5 campaign in 2013 where they averaged 240.6 yards per game on the ground to rank second in the league and 14th nationally. Under Ayeni’s guidance, senior running back David Fluellen flourished, earning first-team All-MAC honors in 2012 and 2013 with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. His 3,336 career rushing yards ranks fourth all-time in UT history.

Ayeni came to Toledo from Northwestern, where he served as a graduate assistant for two seasons, working primarily with the offense.

During his playing career at Northwestern (1999-2003), Ayeni played running back before switching to safety prior to his senior season. He served as team captain in 2003. He graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in sociology.

Despite being limited his senior year by injury, Ayeni earned respect as one of the most feared hitters in the Big Ten Conference. In four games his senior year, he totaled 22 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He added “Player of the Game” and “Big Playmaker of the Game” accolades against Kansas, Purdue and Wisconsin.

As an offensive performer early in his career, Ayeni helped lead the Wildcats to a Big Ten Championship in 2000. As a true freshman in 1999, Ayeni led the team in kickoff return average and yardage, was third on the team in special teams tackles and was the Wildcats’ second-leading rusher.

Ayeni played for Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts as a safety in 2004-05 before joining the St. Louis Rams and Mike Martz in 2005-06 as a linebacker.

Rhoads Tabs Mangino To Lead ISU Offense

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January 6th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads has hired a former consensus national coach-of-the-year to run his offense.

Mark Mangino, whose offensive wizardry at multiple schools has been a catalyst for winning, is Iowa State’s new offensive coordinator.

Mangino was the first coach ever to be recognized as both the national coach-of-the-year and the national assistant coach-of-the-year (Gene Chizik, David Cutcliffe and Guz Malzahn have since joined that prestigious list).

Mangino was assistant head coach (in charge of TEs) and recruiting coordinator at Youngstown State, his alma mater, last season. The head coach at YSU is Eric Wolford, one of Mangino’s former players.

“I am beyond thrilled to welcome Coach Mangino to the Cyclone football family,” Rhoads said. “He has an imaginative offensive mind, an ability to play to his players’ strengths, a track record of winning and a tremendous familiarity with the Big 12 Conference. In terms of calling plays and executing a game plan, he is top shelf. He has learned from a ‘Who’s Who’ of college coaches, effectively led his own championship program and is respected throughout the coaching ranks.”

Mangino’s Big 12 experience is vast having served as the head coach at Kansas (2002-09) and as an assistant coach / coordinator at Oklahoma (1999-01) and Kansas State (1991-98). Mangino spent three years away from the sidelines after departing KU as his wife successfully battled breast cancer.

Mangino’s playbook is varied and innovative. To open a bowl game one year, Mangino flanked out both of his tackles next to the wide receivers. His offensive approach is wide-open, aggressive, and most importantly, effective. The last four offenses Mangino led averaged more than 400 yards per game.

Mangino’s eight-year tenure at Kansas was a remarkable renaissance. Inheriting a program with six consecutive losing seasons, Mangino turned a two-win team his first season into Orange Bowl champions five years later.

His Jayhawk teams were 50-48 overall, played in four bowls and won three. He is the only coach in KU history to win bowls in consecutive seasons (2007 and 2008). Kansas was ranked a school-record 19 straight weeks between 2007-08, set home attendance records five years in a row and produced the top three total offenses in school history.

The magical season of 2007 was the pinnacle. Kansas climbed as high as No. 2 in the national polls, shared the Big 12 North Division title, recorded a school-record 12 wins and won 11 games in a row (including an upset of fifth-ranked Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl). Led by quarterback Todd Reesing, Kansas was second nationally in scoring (42.8), eighth in total offense (479.8) and scored 64 touchdowns versus only 46 punts in ‘07.

Mangino was showered with coaching honors in 2007, including 14 national coach-of the-year awards. Among those were the Bear Bryant, Eddie Robinson and Woody Hayes Coach of the Year awards as well as recognition from the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and ESPN.

While at Kansas, Mangino developed a “Character First” program to educate players on key life skills. He also contributed to the Lawrence community through Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity.

Mangino got his collegiate coaching start at Youngstown State (1985-86) working for Jim Tressel. After three years at Geneva College (1987-89) coordinating the offense and coaching the offensive line, Mangino was hired by Bill Snyder at Kansas State.

The Wildcats won at least nine games and played in a bowl game his final six seasons in Manhattan. A loss in the 1998 Big 12 Championship game is all that kept KSU from the national championship game. Mangino helped tutor quarterback Michael Bishop, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, that season.

Mangino then moved to Oklahoma and joined Bob Stoops’ first staff in 1999, working alongside Sooner offensive coordinator Mike Leach. Mangino was promoted to OC the following year and Oklahoma went 13-0, beat Florida State in the Orange Bowl and was crowned national champion. Josh Heupel, another Heisman Trophy runner-up, was Mangino’s quarterback that year.

The 2000 Sooners were seventh nationally in scoring (39.0) and 13th in passing (294.7) and Mangino won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. In his three years at OU, the Sooners scored at least 40 points in a game 14 times. Mangino also coached 2003 Heisman Trophy recipient Jason White at OU as well as Outland Trophy winner Jamal Brown. OU’s record in his two seasons as OC was 24-2.

Iowa’s McCaffery apologizes for outburst

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January 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has apologized for an outburst that got him ejected from Sunday’s loss to No. 4 Wisconsin.  McCaffery was called for back-to-back technical fouls and tossed from the game for arguing with officials with 12 minutes left. The Badgers rallied for a 75-71 win.

McCaffery says in a statement that he’s sorry for his emotional reaction. McCaffery says he has great passion and respect for the game and regrets that his actions put the program and the university in a negative light.  Athletic director Gary Barta says he has already met with McCaffery and that McCaffery “knows he crossed a line of acceptable behavior.”

Barta also says that McCaffery has his full support moving forward.

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Atlantic/CAM Second in DML Dual Wrestling Tourney Saturday

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January 6th, 2014 by Jim Field

Atlantic/CAM returned from the Christmas break to place second on Saturday at the Des Moines Lincoln Dual Tourney.  The Trojans had a mark of 4-1.   they posted wins over Highland 54-18, Des Moines Lincoln 59-21 and Des Moines North/Hoover 54-18.  Atlantic/CAM beat Bondurant-Farrar 52-18 in the semi-finals, but were beaten 44-27 by Albia in the championship round.   Reid Nichols, Tyler Christensen and Jezidiah Phippen each went unbeaten in the matches on Saturday.

No. 4 Wisconsin 75-No. 22 Iowa 71

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January 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ben Brust scored 19 points and Number 4 Wisconsin remained unbeaten with a 75-71 victory over Number 22 Iowa on Sunday night. Wisconsin (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) matched the best start in school history, tying the 1911 to 1912 and 1913 to 1914 teams.

The game was physical at times, and Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was hit with two technical fouls almost 8 minutes into the second half after a foul was called on Gabriel Olaseni, sending Nigel Hayes to the line. Brust hit all four free throws on the technicals for Wisconsin (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten), and Hayes made one of two on the personal foul.

That turned a 41-39 Iowa lead into 44-41 Wisconsin advantage. Hayes then scored on a drive to cap off a 12-2 run. Iowa would not lead the rest of the game. Roy Marble led the Hawkeyes (12-3, 1-1) with 27 points.

No. 15 Penn State defeats No. 22 Iowa 87-71

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January 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Maggie Lucas hit five 3-pointers on her way to 27 points to lead No. 15 Penn State to an 87-71 victory over No. 22 Iowa on Sunday. Penn State (10-3, 1-0 Big Ten) won its second game against a ranked opponent this season. Iowa (12-3, 0-1) lost for the first time at home this season.

Iowa was down nine when back-to-back 3-pointers by Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic pulled the Hawkeyes within 61-58 with 9:15 remaining. The Lady Lions answered with an 11-3 run to stretch the lead to 72-61 with 6:01 to play. Lucas made two free throws, a 3-pointer and a jumper during the run.

Iowa closed the gap to 79-67 with 3:57 left. Penn State finished with an 8-4 run, with Lucas scoring six points. Dixon scored 22 points. Logic added 13 points with 12 assists to lead the Hawkeyes.

No. 14 Iowa St. beats No. 25 Oklahoma 82-75 in OT

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January 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jadda Buckley scored 29 points to help No. 14 Iowa State defeated No. 25 Oklahoma in overtime 82-75 on Sunday. The Cyclones (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) shot 45.5 percent and made 13 3-pointers. Buckley was 9 of 10 from the field and hit six from beyond the arc. Hallie Christofferson had 23 points for Iowa State and Nikki Moody contributed 13 with six assists.

Oklahoma (10-5, 1-1) was led by Morgan Hook with 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Sharane Campbell added 16 points with nine rebounds and five steals. The Sooners grabbed a late lead when a Campbell steal and layup made it 69-67 with 21 seconds left. Moody was fouled after pulling down an offensive rebound and hit both free throws to send the game into overtime.

Buckley hit a 3-pointer and a layup in overtime, and Iowa State sank six late free throws to ice the game.