ISU Fires Coaches Messingham, Pope

Paul Rhoads announced on Sunday the termination of two offensive coaches

A 3-9 season necessitates changes, so it's no surprise Paul Rhoads announced Sunday the firings of offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope.

Messingham's departure was expected as the Cyclones finished their season with the No. 97 total offense and averaged 24.8 points per game, a mark bolstered by the 52 points scored in the finale against West Virginia.

Each has been on staff with Rhoads since 2009. Messingham was promoted to OC before the 2012 season after Tom Herman left for the same job at Ohio State.

The Cyclones will look immediately to fill the two vacancies.

"I want to thank both Courtney and Kenith for their service to Iowa State," Rhoads said in a statement. "They have great character and work ethic, and have been excellent ambassadors for the university and community. They worked hard to help elevate our program and have been an important part of the success we have had in this program the last five years."

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