Spectacular city and a physical game with Rutgers await Cyclones in NYC

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Iowa State is going bowling for the second time in three seasons and the Cyclones and their fans will get to experience post-season play in one of the world’s most spectacular cities, at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

The Cyclones will play Rutgers, a program very familiar to Coach Paul Rhoads, in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl.

“I have great respect for their program,” Rhoads said. “We went against them for eight years (at Pitt) and seven years Greg (Schiano) was the head coach.”

A common denominator between programs is a physical style of play. Rhoads and Schiano are both former successful defensive coordinators, who like tough, blue collar football.

Additionally, each worked for former NFL and college head coach Dave Wannstedt. Schiano was a secondary coach for three of Wannstedt’s Chicago Bears’ teams. Rhoads was defensive coordinator and secondary coach under Wannstedt with the Pitt Panthers.

“Several members of that (Rutgers) staff were with me at Pitt,” Rhoads said in describing Brian Angelichio and Jeff Hafley, the Scarlet Knights’ tight ends and secondary coaches.

It is probably a safe bet that Wannstedt will be clearing his schedule to see a pair of his protégés battle in Yankee Stadium on Dec. 30. It’s also likely he’ll see a knock down affair when the Cyclones and Scarlet Knights meet.

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