Chizik Becomes Iowa State's Head Coach

Texas Co-Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik was named Iowa State's head football coach at press conference in Ames, just as reported earlier by a University of Texas source close to the situation.

The Des Moines Register newspaper and Des Moines television station WOI-TV also reported that Texas' second-year coordinator would replace Dan McCarney, who resigned earlier this month after 12 seasons. The Register reported that Chizik arrived in Ames on Monday morning.

It was not clear when Chizik interviewed for the Cyclones job, our source told Inside Texas, but added that "logic dictates" that an agreement was reached prior to Texas’ 12-7 loss against Texas A&M Friday. The Longhorn defense, rated No. 1 nationally against the run, yielded 244 rushing yards against the Aggies.

Reports of Chizik’s interest in the ISU opening began to swirl almost as soon as McCarney’s resignation became public earlier in November. Chizik’s name was also associated with openings at Michigan State and North Carolina. Chizik told print reporters covering the Longhorns that he would not publicly discuss job possibilities. Two weeks ago, Texas coach Mack Brown maintained his stance that it is "a compliment to our program" when assistants who are offered other jobs, but re-iterated his preference that coaches not interview for jobs until after the bowl season.

In an offical release from UT, Chizik said:

"On behalf of my family and myself, I want to thank Mack Brown, DeLoss Dodds and everyone at The University of Texas for two great years of being associated with a National Championship program. The University of Texas and its football program demonstrate character, class and integrity as a way of life. I feel truly honored to have been a part of that. Mack Brown has been not only a tremendous football coach but a great influence in my life. He's been a role model, friend and mentor and for that I'm truly grateful. Coach Brown has made me a better coach, a better father and a better man. I will always remember these two years at The University of Texas as two of the greatest in my coaching career. I would like to say thank you to all of the assistant coaches and staff and especially the guys I worked so closely with on defense. It's been an honor and a pleasure working with Coach (Duane) Akina, Coach Tolley (Mike Tolleson) and Coach (Oscar) Giles. The defense will be in great hands with them."

Brown, now the dean of Big 12 Conference coaches following his ninth season, was the WRs coach at Iowa State in the late 1980s. Now, Brown will be coaching against his former coordinator when the Longhorns travel to Ames next season.

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