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July 27, 2009

NEW: Iowa State highlights from Big 12 Media Days

Highlights from Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads' press conference at Big 12 Media Days Monday in Irving, Texas:

· On how the program has improved since he was first with Iowa State as an assistant coach in 1990s:

"Where was are today from a facilities standpoint alone is many times ahead. Most notably, our indoor facility that was opened in 2003. Back then we were practicing outdoors year-round in what was some very tough weather.

"The offseason program could not exist that way it needs to exist today for us to be successful. That level of player that were in place in 1995 was minimal on what we rated as a Division I player status. It's above that now as well."



· On talking to former Iowa State coach Dan McCarney since he took over at Iowa State:

"Dan poured everything he had into the job. He shared some insights into some things that possibly will help me be successful, but more than anything else, he just expressed his congratulations and wished me well along the way."



· On what has been the biggest challenge of becoming a head coach:

"The biggest difference that I've encountered is what comes through my office on a daily basis. I deal a lot less with Xs and Os and the specific recruitment of a certain area as I did as a position coach and as a coordinator.

"And from about 8 a.m. on there are a lot of things that come across my desk that I need to put my fingerprints on, and I desire to that as we get the program up and running."

-- John Shinn

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