This is a shocker
Shane Power, the only Iowa State basketball player to start all 31 games this past season, said today he has quit the Cyclones' program and is transferring to an unnamed school.
"I want to thank Coach (Larry) Eustachy for the two years I had at Iowa State,'' Power said in a statement. "I felt it was in my best interest to leave ISU and pursue other opportunities.
"I want to thank my teammates and wish them luck and thank the coaching staff for all of their support.''
In his terse statement, Eustachy said, "We want players who want to be in our program. This is part of our transition period for this team. We wish Shane the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.''
The 6-foot 5-inch Power averaged 13.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in his sophomore season. The native of Crown Point, Ind., was an honorable mention selection in voting by Big 12 Conference coaches.
He led the Cyclones in steals with 37 and was second on the squad in assists with 73. The tireless player averaged a whopping 37.5 minutes per game—also a team-high.
He certainly seemed to be a player a coach would want to build around next season.
By the way, Iowa State officials said Eustachy would have no further comment on the situation.
The questions and answers at those Cyclone Club outings this summer should be interesting. Stay tuned.
Sometimes You Get What You Don't Ask For
A man from rural Iowa says this line is making the rounds:
"Bob Bowlsby has a football coach who he didn't want who's winning, and a basketball coach he wanted who's not.''
Bowlsby is Iowa's athletic director, the football coach the rural man was referring to is Kirk Ferentz and the basketball coach is Steve Alford.
More From the Outspoken Rural Iowan
That same rural Iowan—who, by the way, is a Hawkeye fan—says, "Either Iowa State football coach Dan McCarney has a shit-load (the guy talks that way occasionally) of offensive talent or a shortage of defensive players.
"His No. 2 unit gained more than 400 yards on the regulars and never punted in the spring game. Our second string could barely get back to the line of scrimmage, which is why the reserve quarterbacks looked ordinary.''
Fan-ning the State's Football Flames
Iowa boosters are having fun jabbing Iowa State's fans over attendance at the spring games.
At the Polk County "I'' Club banquet in West Des Moines earlier this week, master of ceremonies Jim Zabel drew the biggest laugh of the night when he told the Hawkeye boosters that the turnout at the Val Air Ballroom was bigger than Iowa State got at its spring game.
The crowd was listed as 20,451 for Iowa's game. Iowa State's attendance was 3,404. Fans were admitted free at Iowa, but were charged $2 at Iowa State.
Iowa has consistently outdrawn Iowa State in spring games (as well as in the fall because of the Hawkeyes' larger stadium), but it's difficult to figure out why the Cyclone fans' ho-hum attitude in the spring is continuing.
McCarney has done a wonderful job of building the Cyclones' program. He's had records of 9-3 and 7-5, with two straight bowl appearances.
Iowa State is preparing for its most difficult schedule ever—starting with an Aug. 24 game against Florida State in the Eddie Robinson Classic at Kansas City—and you'd think fans would have wanted to see what sort of team McCarney will have.
If nothing else, it would have been worth the $2 admission price just to see quarterback Seneca Wallace play against the reserves.
However, Iowa State's fans might have the last laugh when it comes to Iowa. Some of them are saying the Hawkeyes can't beat the Cyclones on the field, so their boosters have to satisfy themselves by being critical of Iowa State's attendance.
Iowa State has beaten Iowa four consecutive times.
NFL Coach Alerts Iowa Media on Kahlil Hill
A reader sends this: "We finally got the scoop on Kahlil Hill, but it took an NFL coach to alert the Iowa media.''
Falcons Coach Dan Reeves told reporters in Atlanta that Hill, an Iowa football player, was suspended in 1999 for using a banned performance-enhancement drug.
Stockdale Gets Award He Deserved
A good guy named Dave Stockdale, a sports copy editor for the Register, received a well-deserved media award from Drake Relays officials this week.
Stockdale said he first began coming to the Relays when he was 8 years of age. He later covered it for newspapers in Fort Dodge and Des Moines, and remains a fan of the huge event.