Kansas Post Game: The Mac Report

The Iowa State Cyclones moved to 0-6 in Big 12 conference play today when they took a 41-10 beating from the North rival Kansas Jayhawks. As always, Dan McCarney met with the media after the game. Here's what the coach had to say.

When it Rains…It Really Pours


The Cyclones have faced their fair share of adversity this season. Whether it's losing DeAndre Jackson, Adam Carper or even Todd Blythe, injuries and problems have plagued this squad. McCarney has realized that.


"There have been a few things go wrong that's for sure," McCarney joked to the media after the game. "A few too many of them but I'm really lucky to be surrounded by this coaching staff and these kids and work with the people I do. I know right now that it doesn't look very good for these next two Saturday's but I'm going to do everything I can to make Iowa State fans a lot more proud than they were today, I promise you that."


One thing that McCarney did point out is the fact that he's faced hard times before, and he has a great support group at home.


"I have a great family. I have a great family and a great wife. I'm real lucky to have Margy and a lot of really close friends. It's not like I haven't been through adversity before. I've had plenty of practice at it," McCarney said.



So What's Wrong?


For weeks, Cyclone Nation has been asking the simple question of what is wrong?


"I wish I could tell you to be honest. Those kids are bleeding inside and the coaches are. I wish I could tell you this is the problem or here it is. We've got a sound system. It's proven through time. Right now we're not playing very good football."


So when your team is in this position and out of bowl contention, do you put in some young guys or continue to play the veterans?


"It's not about the future right now. It's about getting guys, getting their heads up and rallying this team. This is a really hard time for all of us. I'll do everything I can to be the best leader I've been since I've been here through this adversity," McCarney said. "There's a fine line right there between mass substitution when it really mathematically like we can't come back and win or if you try and show faith in your kids to go do some positive things here to build on for the next two games."


Meyer's Job is Safe


McCarney did say after the game that Bret Meyer's job is safe.


"He's a tremendous leader and I don't want to kill his spirits. He wanted to play, continue to play and be on the field, to try and have something good and positive to build on in that fourth quarter," McCarney said.




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