Paul Rhoads Gets 10-Year Iowa State Contract Extension, Ending Pitt Rumors

As quick as the rumors started, they're now over: Iowa St. Cyclones coach has landed a new, decade-long contract extension, nixing chances of him taking over the Pittsburgh Panthers any time soon. Rhoads had been named the top candidate for the Pitt job by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Cyclone Football@CycloneFB Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads has signed a 10-year contract. This was announced by Cyclone AD Jamie Pollard Friday.    

He very well may have been, giving ISU plenty of reason to lock him up. He's highly respected as a motivator and as a fearless big-game coach, having knocked off No. 2 Oklahoma State this year and Nebraska in 2009, nearly tripping up others along the way. The Clones have made two bowl bids in his five years, narrowly missing a third -- he's the second coach since 1978 to take Iowa State bowling. 

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the 2011 college football coaching carousel, check out our dedicated section.

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