Rhoads’ familiarity with UConn aids prep

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With a Friday night game at UConn, it has been an unorthodox six-day workweek for the Iowa State football team.

“Not only do we have a (shorter) workweek, it’s a six-day workweek on the road,” Coach Paul Rhoads said. “We juggled the schedule, condensed it. We (had to) change the normal routine.”

Rhoads is using his familiarity with UConn – from his tenure as a Big East assistant coach at Pitt – to his advantage.

“I’m a fan of keeping teams on form,” Rhoads said. “Our team will understand the locker room set up, where we’re staying in the city, the stadium and crowd noise and where the students sit because I’ve been there.”

Rhoads admitted Rentschler Field is a tough play to play.

“It’s a neat little stadium and they make a great deal of noise,” Rhoads said. “We’ve got to win football games and that’s our focus. “(It’s my job) to make sure our team is ready to execute and play.”

Although the schedule was shifted a bit this week, Rhoads and his staff adapted. No details escape the Cyclones’ head coach. And, his familiarity with the surroundings and the Huskies’ program certainly aided the preparation.

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