Rhoads believes there is a trust factor in play

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In 21 games as Iowa State’s coach, Paul Rhoads has already led the Cyclones to road wins against two of college football’s historic programs.

Last week, the Cyclones won at Texas and last year Iowa State defeated Nebraska. The Longhorns and Cornhuskers rank second and third in all-time college football wins.

At Monday’s news conference, Rhoads was asked why his team was confident enough to win in Austin after two lopsided losses. In one word, Rhoads explained that trust is the key factor.

“There is a huge trust factor in our locker room,” Rhoads said. “When you have that trust, you work together arm-in-arm and you’ll eventually become accountable to each other.”

He went on to explain that his club believes in what the coaches are teaching. There is a sense of confidence in the schemes, training program and all facets of the program.

“There is a trust factor that exists between our players and coaches and the coaches and players,” Rhoads said.

Another school that has exceeded expectations this season and climbed to fifth in the national polls is Michigan State. Here’s how Spartan coach Mark Dantonio explains his team’s success thus far.

“You go 8-0 with players that believe,” Dantonio said. “There is a ripple effect top down throughout our whole program that people believe in what’s going in.”

The trust factor that Rhoads referred to can quickly turn into the belief that Dantonio knows has been a catalyst for MSU. The X’s and O’s and the quality of personnel are certainly important, but the intangible of trust is a factor that can’t be overlooked.

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