AMES, Iowa — Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard addressed the press Monday about the firing of football coach Paul Rhoads.
Pollard made the respect he has for Rhoads clear but also talked of the expectations for a program with as much talent as Iowa State has. He spoke too of the “classy” way Rhoads and his staff has handled the situation.
“Sometimes you can want something more than it wants you. I wanted him to be our coach, he wanted to be our coach, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” Pollard said.
Pollard also made sure to clarify that Rhoads’ firing wasn’t due to Iowa State’s loss Saturday to Kansas State and he thinks the talent level of the players is high.
“I believe our team has got more talent in our locker room than any time in my 10 years that I’ve been here,” Pollard told the press.
Pollard likened his job as Athletics Director to that of a head coach, who has to make the decisions about every member of his coaching staff and team. He said the “potential” for a great team has to eventually pay off in results – in wins.
“I wish we wouldn’t have been in this spot because I know it disappoints a lot of people, especially Coach Rhoads, his staff, and players,” said Pollard.
The search for Iowa State’s next head football coach has already begun. Pollard says he won’t comment on the search until it is complete.