Paul Rhoads

Paul Rhoads

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads knows he will eventually need to win to keep his job but he appreciates the support of Jamie Pollard. On a radio show Monday night the ISU athletic director indicated that Rhoads will return for a seventh season even though the Cyclones will finish with a losing record for the fifth straight year and are on the doorstep of a winless Big-12 season.

“He’s aware of the philosophy, he’s aware the direction and certainly he’s supportive of that, but we all know in the business it’s result driven and we’ve got to play better,” Rhoads says.

The Cyclones are 2-9 overall as they prepare for Saturday’s visit to fourth ranked TCU. Rhoads says he has a great relationship with Pollard, but that doesn’t mean he will keep his job if they keep losing games. “My plan is to win in 2015 and not have to worry about that,” Rhoads says.

Rhoads is confident better days are ahead for the program as he says they will have more experience and be physically more developed with key playmakers coming back.

Rhoads says the pull off a huge upset a team must play well and have the right attitude against TCU. The Cyclones must find a way to slow down the TCU offense led by junior quarterback Trevone Boykin, as he says the offense has evolved and Boykin has gotten better at throwing the ball while still being a threat to run.