Rhoads explains how an opening-game win is linked to great preparation on the practice field


Normally, coaches talk about the 24-hour rule after wins. Enjoy it and then move on.

Paul Rhoads started his news conference on Labor Day talking about the importance of taking something from the season-opening victory over Tulsa and bringing it to the practice field.

“I think it’s critical that you win your first game,” Rhoads said. “You spend months coaching and showing the team the things you need to do to be successful. With that success (a win) you gain credibility as a staff.”

That credibility between players and coaches accelerates learning.

“With credibility you gain confidence,” Rhoads continued. “With confidence comes an attitude and performance level on the practice field, and we saw that (Sunday).”

Certainly, there were plenty of corrections for the Cyclone staff to make after game one.

“But, it was fun to see the energy (on the practice field) and we’ll need that energy to prepare for a very fine University of Iowa football team this week.”

Although the Tulsa game is in the rearview mirror, getting off on the right foot has the potential to be a boost, especially during prep time this week. Rhoads likes that fact as the focus shifts to Iowa.

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