Pride in Cyclone quarters has been fully restored


Football Coach Paul Rhoads got a lot of mileage out of his locker room message two years ago. His “I am so proud to be your coach” comment has been viewed nearly 400,000 times on YouTube.

Fred Hoiberg also talked about pride Saturday in comments to his basketball team after top-ranked Kentucky defeated the Cyclones.

“You guys made Cyclone basketball exciting again,” Hoiberg said.

That was a welcome sight to Hoiberg, who has watched Iowa State hoops since he was five years old before a star-studded collegiate career as a Cyclone.

“I can’t thank you enough,” Hoiberg said. “You brought Hilton Magic back and I can’t even begin to tell you how proud and impressed I am.”

The legendary Hilton Magic atmosphere had been missing in recent years. Hoiberg has been dreaming of that home court advantage and a return to prominence for his program.

More importantly than the pride Rhoads and Hoiberg referred to is the pride being felt in the fan base. Iowa State averaged more than 13,000 fans per home basketball game this winter for the first time since 1992. The football team smashed its per game average last fall by 1,741 per game.

It has taken some time, but pride inside Cyclone Nation has been fully restored.

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