Ames/Story County Cyclone Club Notes

A full slate of head coaches took to the podium Monday evening at the Ames/Story County Cyclone Club banquet, as Dan McCarney, Wayne Morgan, Bill Fennelly, K.J. Kindler and Julie Manning all addressed the crowd. Here are some items worth noting.

Overall notes

· The Football Indoor Practice Facility could be ready for use by ISU's final regular season game and is expected to be available for any postseason bowl the Cyclones would make.

· Former Cyclone basketball great Jeff Grayer has decided to finish his bachelor's degree in Ames and will be helping with the men's program. It's also possible he could move on to a full-time assistant coaching position.

· Fund raising has been initiated for an Academic Learning Center on campus, a facility improvement that's badly needed in the athletic department.

· Over $2 million worth of improvements to Jack Trice Stadium are underway for the summer months.

· Football season ticket sales are more than 2,000 ahead of last year at this time.

· National Cyclone Club memberships are at an all-time high of around 5,200 total.

K.J. Kindler

· Team finished ranked 13th overall last season with a roster full of seniors and freshmen. Detlaff was the standout freshman for the 2003 squad and was an All-American and Big 12 newcomer of the year.

· Her team had six freshmen on last season's team and will have that same number starting their careers at ISU in '04 as well.

· Goal for program is to be perennial Top 10 team and the upcoming year is no different.

· Cyclones will be hosting the Big 12 Championships on Saturday evening, March 20.

Bill Fennelly

· Introduced new assistant coach Jack Easley, a former long-time aide at Oklahoma State under Dick Halterman. Easley spent last season at Providence after Halterman was let go in Stillwater following the 2001-02 campaign.

· Ex-Cyclone player Kelly Cizek-Hanfeldt is now on the board of directors for the Ames/Story County Cyclone Club.

Wayne Morgan

· Has spent a lot of time with head football coach Dan McCarney forging a valuable relationship.

· Introduced assistant coach Bob Sundvold and video coordinator/Administrative Assistant Dave Edwards.

· Talked about incoming crop of players. Will Blalock will make Cyclone fans think Allen Iverson is playing for them, in that he's cat-quick and can take it to the basket. Reggie George is still young and his development will take some time, but Morgan thinks he has potential to be All-Big 12 player. Curtis Stinson received a high academic award at his school in addition to making some big-time plays on the court at a top national tournament for high school seniors. Damion Staple is one of the top seven JUCO players in the country and can make an immediate impact.

· Said recruiting class was ranked between 12th and 15th nationally.

· Wants to stress strong values in program and eliminate negatives of minimize them as best as possible. Will make academic performance an emphasis in program.

Dan McCarney

· Overall 100 players reported for summer workouts Monday and opened them Tuesday morning.

· Said he received a card from Ennis Haywood's mother Carol, outlining all of the things ISU meant to her son. Carol said she'll never forget what program and school meant. Carol said her ‘gem' and ‘diamond' is gone, she's lost her baby. This moment touched many of those in the banquet crowd.

· Cyclones take to the field 12 weeks from Saturday in season opener versus Northern Iowa.

· Coaches spent 20 recruiting days on the road in month of May, in addition to attending Big 12 meetings in Dallas.

· Emphasized importance of Iowa kids to football program (12 starters in spring; 12 starters in Humanitarian Bowl; 17 captains in nine seasons on the job; 38 former walk-ons have earned scholarships 13 of 26 recruits in 2003 class).

· Team has won 14 of last 19 games at Jack Trice Stadium.

· Mac is second in Big 12 coaching longevity to Kansas State's Bill Snyder.

· Steve Brickey has tutored last two Cyclone quarterbacks that have gone on to NFL rosters, says not to worry about current situation at that position. Says whoever it is will be a winner under Brickey's tutelage.

· Raved some more about redshirt freshman tailback Stevie Hicks, who will continue to push starter Hiawatha Rutland.

· Defensive coordinator John Skladany had his heart checked out in Des Moines hospital Monday. Said the coach has received a clean bill of health.

· Defense ranked fifth in Big 12 total defense one season ago. Team was least penalized in Big 12.

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