Quad Cities Banquet Notes

Iowa State coaches and administrators wrapped up a Cyclone Club banquet swing to the Eastern side of the state with a stop in Quad Cities Thursday night. ‘Voice of the Cyclones' John Walters, and coaches Michele Conlon, Linda Crum, Tony Alford Bill Fennelly, and Wayne Morgan all addressed the crowd. Here are some notes from the event.

John Walters:

* Spoke on recent news in area that WKBF-1270 AM would start carrying all Cyclone games and coaches shows on radio, which fills a huge void in the area.

Linda Crum:

* ISU is at the point of a crossroads in the program, because of recent strides. In the non-conference schedule, Crum's team beat Iowa, while also knocking off perennial top-10 program Texas in Big 12 action.

Jay Horton:

* The Cyclones won two tournament titles last season (including Nebraska), and is led by a cast of Eastern Iowa transplants.

* Standout player Jeremy Lyons finished just one shot out of qualifying for NCAAs.

* Spoke on golfers Tyler Swanson and Curtis Foster, who were injured in a car accident recently. Swanson was released from the hospital last Wednesday. Curtis Foster broke a bone in his back and will be checked out again on June 15th. Foster hopes to return to course in July.

* Turned podium over to Swanson's father Cal, who gave a heartfelt speech to the crowd. For more on this memorable part of Thursday night's banquet, check out this link (http://www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1028799&t=Sports+News&c=32,1028799).

Tony Alford:

* Believes the Cyclones put together a phenomenal recruiting class. They had a bad season, but don't have a bad program.

* Thanked Bill Fennelly and Wayne Morgan for both writing letters to freshman running back Jason Scales during the recruiting process.

* Cyclones will be back.

Bill Fennelly:

* Outing has become known as the ‘Fennelly Family Reunion.' The Cyclone women's basketball head coach had family and friends in attendance...Also in attendance was senior-to-be Tracy Paustian, an alum of Davenport West.

* Said his team had a 3.47 GPA in the first semester and 3.49 in the second.

Wayne Morgan:

* Cyclones knocked off quality opponents Xavier, Iowa, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Marquette, Georgia and Florida State last season.

* Great group of youngsters returning to team in 2004-05, along with quality recruiting class. Spoke on a few of the newcomers.

* Tasheed Carr played on second-ranked team in country, Mount Zion, which finished 29-1 overall. Carr averaged more than 14 points a game and nearly double digits in assists.

* Rahshon Clark is a world-class athlete. He thinks Clark is the second-best athlete he saw on recruiting trail last summer, and was second only to a North Carolina signee.

* Said Dan McCarney calls after every basketball game to check in. Remembered when Mac called following a 31-point loss at Kansas State. Talked to Morgan early in the morning and told him to, ‘Put the gun down.'

* Cyclones finished last season with a 17-1 record at Hilton Coliseum, which is the second-best in history.


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