Rhoads could join very select company

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Twenty-two FBS college football programs named new coaches in 2009. Iowa State, which chose Paul Rhoads, was one of them. 

Only two of these coaches (note: Lane Kiffin – who has already moved on to a second school – and Dabo Swinney – who was an interim coach for seven games in ‘08 – were among the 2009 hires but they are not included in the research above) have led their teams to bowl eligibility both seasons since their hiring. Two others are on the verge of that accomplishment.

If you haven’t guessed the pair that is two-for-two in producing bowl eligible teams, the answer is Chip Kelly (Oregon) and Gene Chizik (Auburn). Kelly and Chizik are leading the nation’s #1 and #2 ranked teams, respectively. Kelly’s Ducks played in the Rose Bowl a year ago and is 10-0 this year. Chizik’s squad played in the Outback Bowl last year and is 11-0 this season.

Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads will bring his club to Jack Trice Stadium Saturday to face Missouri with 2010 bowl eligibility on the line. If the Cyclones win, Rhoads would join Chizik and Kelly in pretty select company. Rhoads’ first team, of course, won the Insight Bowl.

Boston College’s Frank Spaziani can also join the group. His Eagles played in the Emerald Bowl in ’09 and are 5-5 (needing to split its remaining games vs. Virginia and at Syracuse for bowl eligibility) this fall.

When comparing these coaches, it’s important to note the success of the programs they inherited. In the three years prior to these men taking over their current programs, Iowa State was 9-27, Auburn was 25-13, Oregon was 26-13 and Boston College was 30-11.

You can draw your own conclusions from this data, but it’s pretty tough to debate the success that Rhoads has authored in Ames.

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