For the second straight day, students held a mid-day rally in hopes of convincing Iowa State officials to give Larry Eustachy a second chance as Cyclone basketball coach. Eustachy was informed by I-S-U athletic director Bruce Vande Velde on Wednesday that he was being fired in the wake of the controversy surrounding his participation at an all night drinking party on the Missouri campus following the Cyclones’ loss this past season. Among the players at the rally was senior-to-be point guard Tim Barnes who was on the Dan Patrick show on ESPN Radio this afternoon. He says they’ve talked to the athletic director and president and says they both say they can’t tell the players more. Barnes hopes Eustachy is given a second chance. He says the university portrays itself as one big family, and he says you don’t kick out someone in the family that has a problem.Sophomore Center Jared Homan was asked on the Patrick show if he believed Eustachy had a chance if he makes an appeal. He says he doesn’t get a good feeling from the university that the coach will get a second chance. Homan was asked if he would consider leaving the program is Eustachy is not reinstated. He says it is one of the things that he’s thought about, though he says there are a lot of things that would have to be considered, such as the new coach. Also on appearing on the Dan Patrick show this afternoon was Associate Head Coach Steve Barnes who was suspended, with pay for reportedly intimidating the family of a player in an effort to build support for Eustachy. Barnes says his comments were not meant to be intimidating and says he never made any kind of threat to administrators. He said he was trying to hold the team together and to buy in to what they’ve told them about believing in the team. Barnes says he did not use the term “go after the people who got us.” He says he didn’t say it and didn’t recall making the statement.
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