"I'm obviously very excited about the responsibility that I'm going to inherit here. But first off I need to thank Coach Douglas," said Sanderson this morning.
Sanderson made sure that the spotlight was not only focused on him today but also on the man who got him here.
"Today is a very special day for
Sanderson emulated his commitment to the Cyclone tradition and the program.
"I have been a Cyclone since the
day my oldest brother signed a letter of intent with
Sanderson emphasized that this was
"It's a coincidence, but I'm sure that people will speculate for years," commented Sanderson.
This was a decision that was made
a long time ago and Pollard was informed of
"Bobby approached me on almost my first week on the job last year to talk about making sure I shared his same vision that he didn't want a new athletic director coming in that maybe didn't buy in to that same vision that Cael should be that next person," said Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard this morning.
"Coach Douglas isn't going anywhere. He's just switching offices in the building. He's going to be there. I can't imagine him not being in the wrestling room every day," said Sanderson.
Keeping Douglas around the program
was key in Sanderson's decision to become
"That was my first priority. Making sure that he was happy and making sure that he was taken care of. Jamie did a great job with him."
Cael Sanderson is here to change that.
"We are expecting to compete for a national title next year……We're going to win national championships. That is our goal. There's no other goal here. That's the goal when we're recruiting student athletes who expect to be national champions."