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Ash leaves Ames, Parker a go for 2010

February 4, 2010

AMES — Let’s start with the good news…

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said Wednesday that five players who sought medical hardship waivers from the NCAA will gain back that season of eligibility.

The list includes defensive end Rashawn Parker, receiver Darius Reynolds, defensive back Earl Brooks, linebacker Matt Taufoou and offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks.

“From what I understand everybody’s been approved,” Rhoads said.

Parker and Reynolds are the biggies. ISU’s young and undersized defensive line will welcome Parker, a senior last season who blew out his knee in the Army game, with open arms.

Reynolds broke a bone in his leg after just three games and needed surgery. He participated in bowl practices and will be at full strength when spring ball starts up next month.


The bad news, for ISU at least…

Defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Ash has joined the staff at Wisconsin, leaving a significant hole for Rhoads to fill.

Ash spent eight of the last 10 years coaching at ISU, knew the program inside and out and was able to use that to his advantage on the recruiting trail. The guy was a pretty good coach, too.

“He brings great knowledge and tremendous experience,” Badgers coach Bret Bielema said. “I’ve known Chris for a long time and his familiarity not only with our staff but with our schemes will help in what I think will be a seamless transition for him and the rest of our coaches.”

Ash, who coached at San Diego State in between stints at ISU, joins former Drake colleague Dave Doeren and Charlie Partridge in Madison. The Ottumwa native will again coach defensive backs.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work at a wonderful university like Wisconsin and with a football program with such a great history of success,” Ash said.

Don’t underestimate the impact this move could have on the Cyclones.


Now, for some news that could either be good or bad…

The aforementioned Hicks and receiver Jason Carlson have been suspended from school for academic reasons and will need to re-enroll following the spring semester.

Hicks has been only a special teams guy so far. Carlson hasn’t hardly been on the field in his two seasons since transferring from North Dakota College of Sciences.

Hicks will be a junior and Carlson a senior.

“I fully expect Hayworth back,” Rhoads said. “I don’t know what Jason’s intentions are.”


Rhoads’ coaches at ISU are paid better than Chizik’s

June 22, 2009

AMES – Iowa State’s assistant football coaches will earn a higher combined salary than their predecessors under former head coach Gene Chizik, according to documents obtained by The Gazette.

The Cyclones’ nine first-year assistants have signed contracts paying them $1.385 million.

Chizik’s staff was to be paid just under $1.35 million during its final year. The coach left for Auburn last December and was replaced by Paul Rhoads.

All of Chizik’s coaches also are no longer with the program.

Rhoads’ top assistants, coordinators Wally Burnham (defense) and Tom Herman (offense), predictably are the highest paid of ISU’s new coaches.

Burnham, who comes to ISU after nine seasons as South Florida’s defensive coordinator, has a two-year contract worth $275,000 annually, a $55,000-a-year raise from what he made at USF.

It also is more than the $257,500 paid to Chizik’s defensive coordinator, Wayne Bolt.

Burnham’s South Florida teams finished in the top 30 in total defense six of the past seven years. He coached previously at South Carolina and Florida State, winning a national championship with the Seminoles in 1993.

“This is my last job,” Burnham, 67, said during a February interview. “I told Paul I’m going to coach as long as I can coach and my health holds up and the kids still respond. I’m expecting to be here a long time and win a lot of games.”

Herman negotiated a three-year contract through the 2011 season, worth $250,000 a year.

Robert McFarland, ISU’s offensive coordinator the previous two seasons, was paid $283,250.

Herman comes from Rice, where the Owls’ wide-open offense set all kinds of records during Herman’s stay. The 33-year-old has never worked professionally outside the state of Texas.

He was a graduate assistant at Texas in 1999 and 2000 under Mack Brown and knows the Big 12 Conference well.

“We might have to do things different than Texas or Oklahoma, but nonetheless I think there’s ample opportunity to succeed here,” Herman said shortly after taking the job.

ISU’s other seven coaches are working under one-year deals. Each makes at least $100,000.

Assistant head coach Bill Bleil and Secondary coach Chris Ash are the highest-paid position coaches at $150,000 a year.

Strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight has a two-year contract worth $140,000 per year. That is a bump in pay from Chizik’s strength coach Ken Sheppard, who was paid $113,300. 

Rhoads has a five-year contract worth $5.75 million, an average of $1.15 million per year. He will make $950,000 his first season.


Paul Rhoads’ coaching staff, 2009-10 salary

Wally Burnham, Def. Coordinator/Linebackers, $275,000

Tom Herman, Off. Coordinator/Quarterbacks, $250,000

Bill Bleil, Offensive line/Asst. head coach, $150,000

Chris Ash, Secondary/Recruiting coordinator, $150,000

Courtney Messingham, Tight ends, $120,000

Kenith Pope, Running backs, $120,000

Curtis Bray, Defensive line, $120,000

Shane Burnham, Defensive tackles, $100,000

Luke Wells, Receivers, $100,000

*Yancy McKnight, Strength and Conditioning , $140,000



Gene Chizik’s coaching staff, 2008-09 salary

Robert McFarland, Off. Coordinator, $283,250

Wayne Bolt, Def. coordinator, $257,500

Tony Petersen, Quarterbacks, $159,650

Jay Boulware, Running backs /Special teams, $133,900

Scott Fountain, Tight ends/Recruiting coordinator, $113,300

Mike Pelton, Defensive line, $113,300

Shawn Raney, Secondary $113,300

Jay Rodgers, Receivers, $92,700

Jeff Koonz, Secondary, $82,400

*Ken Sheppard, Strength & Conditioning, $113,300


*NOTE: Strength and Conditioning coaches are not included among the nine full-time assistant coaches allowed under NCAA rules. Their salaries are not included in the combined total used in this story.