Iowa State's 2006 football schedule is almost finalized. The Cyclones have come to a three year agreement with Northern Iowa to fulfill its need for a 12th game next season.
Iowa State's schedule has been tentatively
finalized for the 2006 season. ISU athletics director Bruce Van De Velde
announced that the Cyclones have reached a three year agreement for football
games in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons with Northern
The agreement will fulfill
Iowa State's need for a 12th game
"I think it's a tremendous
opportunity because it's a good instate 1-AA program that we can play," Van De
Velde said. "It keeps the money in state and allows a lot of
Iowa kids on both programs to play in
front of hometown fans and family so we're excited about the
agreement also opens up other schedule changes for the Cyclones.
Iowa State's game against
Texas has been moved from Sept. 30 to
Sept. 23 for a national television audience.
Van De Velde also announced that a
replacement has been found for the home Army game that was scheduled for Sept.
2. When Iowa State signed the contract with Army the
two schools agreed to play a home and away, but since Army has decided they
don't want to play an away game in 2006.
"I'm very disappointed that Army
didn't fulfill their end of the contract and return the game," Van De Velde
Instead the Cyclones will be
playing Eastern Michigan
for its 2006 opener. Army will have to make up the financial difference to
"Army was going to return the game
for $125,000 which is what we're getting to go there," Van De Velde said. "We're
a year out from 2006 so it was really hard to find a 1-A home game but we were
able to find Eastern
and they're going to come here for $450,000 so Army will have to make up the
With a lot of colleges already
having their 2006 schedules finalized Van De Velde said
Iowa State was lucky to find
"[I was] very worried," he said.
"We made hundreds of calls and we found a lot of 1-A openings but they were all
looking for home games, they were against schools like LSU and
Van De Velde said that was
something Iowa State didn't want to do because of the
balance of the Cyclones schedule; Texas and
Oklahoma will come back on
Iowa State's schedule next year.
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