HAWKEYE VIEW: Praises Rhoads’, Remembers Another Coach

Matt Whitaker played tight end on the 1991 Iowa Hawkeyes Rose Bowl team. But he admitted his rival’s current coach’s post-game speech could be one of the best in state football history. Whitaker is also a Republican candidate for the U.S. senate next year.

Iowa State Head Football Coach Paul Rhoads couldn’t seem to hold back his emotions following his team’s 31-30 loss at home Thursday night to the Texas Longhorns. Rhoads was especially upset when the officials failed to rule the Longhorns fumbled on a play in the fourth quarter. The decision let the Longhorns keep the ball, instead of turning it over to the Cyclones.

Whitaker said “it’s up there” when asked if Rhoads’ speech was one of the best. But he added, “I remember (former Cyclone wrestler and Hawkeye head wrestling coach) Dan Gable saying it best that if you’re in a position when a  referee’s call determines the outcome of the game, then you deserve to lose.”

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