Rhoads tops list of biggest turnarounds

Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads is at the head of the class for first-year coaches, leading the nation in won/lost improvement this year. Here’s the short list, courtesy of ISU’s athletic media relations department:

Coach             School          2009    2008       Win +/-             
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State 6-5     2-10    +4
Steve Sarkisian, Washington     3-7     0-12    +3
Gene Chizik, Auburn     7-4     5-7     +2
Brady Hoke, San Diego State     4-6     2-10    +2
Dae Christensen, Wyoming        5-5     4-8     +1
Rich Ellerson, Army     4-6     3-9     +1
Bill Snyder, Kansas State       6-5     5-7     +1
Tim Beckman, Toledo     4-6     3-9     +1

ISU plays at Missouri Saturday afternoon for a chance to finish the regular season 7-5. The Cyclones already are bowl eligible for the first time since 2005.

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