Cyclones wearing sweats? Not anymore

No more sweatpants or warm-up pants will be worn by Iowa State players on game day.

That edict came from Coach Paul Rhoads this week after his specialists spent much of last Saturday’s game at Kansas wearing sweats on the sideline. The temperature at kickoff was 38 degrees with a steady wind at 10 to 15 mph.

Rhoads is probably overreacting a smidge, but it didn’t help that kicker Grant Mahoney blew two PATs and the Cyclones nearly had a punt blocked because of a weak snap and a bobble by punter Mike Brandtner.

Here’s how Rhoads explained it:

“They were trying to keep their legs warm, I guess. I can find other ways for them to do that… There were about 65 or 64 other players that seemed to be playing all right without sweatpants, so I figure they can too.”

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In other news from the bench/sideline area, tailback Alexander Robinson will continue pedaling away on a stationary bike between offensive series, probably for the remainder of ISU’s games.

Robinson’s injured groin needs to stay warm if he wants to play a full game.

“It’s just a matter of keeping it loose,” Rhoads said. “The biggest fear with that groin now that he’s healed to the point he is, is it tightening up.”

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Last week’s breakthrough performance against Kansas was a long time coming for ISU’s no-huddle, spread offense.

Fans probably expected a little too much, too soon for this unit. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman directed record-setting outfits in his two seasons at Rice, last year finishing in the top 10 nationally in total offense (472.3 ypg), passing offense (327.8 ypg) and scoring offense (41.6 ppg).

Those numbers weren’t going to translate overnight.

“The offense has been behind some things in its growth and I think that’s because of expectations put on what the offense is and the numbers that the offense coached by Tom put up a year ago,” Rhoads said. “Everybody expects that just to be automatic. We are growing it, we are learning it, we are getting it and (Saturday) we executed it pretty good.”

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