Paul Rhoads mentioned several times during fall camp that it was helpful for his young defensive team to be tutored by Wally Burnham.
The Cyclone defensive coordinator has been coaching college football 41 years, most in the Big 12 (K-State’s Mo Latimore and TCU’s Eddie Williamson have 40 years of college experience).
But, Rhoads can count upon some pretty significant experience in the other staff room as well.
When Courtney Messingham, Bill Bleil, Chris Klenakis, Kenith Pope and Todd Sturdy gather in the “offensive staff room” at the Bergstrom Facility, there is more than three decades worth of college coordinator experience in the room.
That’s (tied for) the most years of combined college coordinating experience on the offensive side of the ball of any school in the Big 12.
Like the Cyclones, Kansas State also has 33 years of coordinator experience on offense, but 12 of those years are on head coach Bill Snyder’s resume. TCU has 32 years and long-time assistant Rusty Burns (22) has the most years of offensive coordinator experience of any one individual in the league.
Ultimately, player execution will determine Iowa State’s fate. But, Rhoads has certainly collected some experienced teachers for his classrooms.