Thursday, November 09, 2006

Winds of Change for Cyclones

Dan McCarney likely was given two options: Resign as Iowa State coach or be fired. The dean of Big 12 coaches took the high road and resigned Wednesday, setting the stage for the most bizarre of press conferences. Normally the outgoing coach and athletic director — in this case Jamie Pollard — don't share the stage. But there they were, shaking hands, talking glowingly about each other, both men seemingly near tears at times. McCarney received several ovations from former players and current Cyclone athletes in attendance. McCarney won't be out of work long, and as mentioned Wednesday, he might someday be the head coach at Miami. You can watch the entire press conference at (right-hand side of the page under free events) or here (left-hand side of page). It lasts about an hour. So who do the Cyclones hire? Most people say they need somebody like Dan McCarney. The top candidates, according to Tom Dienhart of the Sporting News, are San Diego coach Jim Harbaugh and Denver Broncos assistant Tim Brewster.

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