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My mistake...should have left the conference vs. conference debate out of my post...the objective of that statement was to point out that Iowa State has had some of the toughest schedules in the nation (last year ranked second most difficult, this year third....you can fact check me on that....but they were tougher than Auburns). Iowa State has not had the individual talent that Auburn has had or has, and Rhodes is certainly doing more with what he's got, especially considering the mountain they have had to climb with the schedules they have faced...both Rhodes and Chizik have now had the opportunity to develop their programs...Rhodes has been able to do much much more. He may not get a national championship this year or next (or the next, etc.), but the trend is up, and the respect he garners from our fan base and everyone he meets is palpable. Better man, Better coach.
2 years ago on Who's The Better Coach: AU's Chizik Or ISU's Rhoads?
First off, the SEC has NOTHING on the Big XII this year....say whatever you want....deapest conference in the land. Rhodes had to piece together 'the foundation' that Chizik laid...Ill grant Chizik that he did find some good recruits and was not delt much of a hand while at ISU. All that aside, Rhodes is one hell of a coach. Chizik has had the benefit of a top 25 recruiting class year in and out since arriving at Auburn and had a much more talent laden team coming into Auburn that Rhodes did at ISU. The difference is motivation, passion, and respect. Chizik thinks that big names can motivate themselves, wrong, ask Mac Brown how 11 players play together when each is competing with eachother for the limelight...he's had that education and learned the importance of motivation over the past couple years. There is no questions about Rhodes passion...he wears his emotion on his sleeve...that's just his personality, but Chizik makes no attempt....at best he looks like a soggy noddle trying to put a dent in a cast iron pot when he talks to the team or the press. Then there's respect. I will leave the ethical questions out of the discussion for now (but it really does play a role when it comes to the individuals that are drawn to your program). Chizik thinks that, well, afterall he is a head Coach at a school in the SEC...he deserves respect. Rhodes knows that he has to earn the respect of his university, players, fellow coaches, and fan base every day he is on the job. He also wouldn't change that attitude if he were at any other school. Paul Rhodes, better man, better coach.