One-on-One interview with Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard

Jon Schaeffer sat down with Pollard to discuss the state of Cyclone athletics

By Chris Palmquist |, Alex Walker |

Published 02/05 2016 04:38PM

Updated 02/05 2016 07:12PM

2015 was a year of change for the Iowa State athletic department.

Athletic Director Jamie Pollard hired a new head basketball coach and a new head football coach as the Cyclones adjusted to a new era.

For the hoops program, Pollard hired former Murray State head coach Steve Prohm.

"He was the perfect person to follow Fred (Hoiberg)," said Pollard. "He is extremely humble. Most people would have run from Fred's legacy because it would be stifling and he's been able to embrace it and work with it."

Then the attention turned to the football season. Paul Rhoads was under pressure to find success from the Iowa State fan base, but the program didn't make the turn in the right direction. Rhoads went 3-9 before being let go.

Less than two weeks later, Pollard hired Toledo's Matt Campbell to lead the football team.

"He wanted to be at a place where if we won a championship, he would be the first," said Pollard. "There were places he could have went where they would say when we win a championship, this is what you do. That's not the kind of mantra in our athletics department, so he fit that," said the Iowa State athletic director.

Pollard also gave his outlook for 2016 when asked if it is too much for fans to expect a Sweet 16 basketball team and a bowl-bound football team.

"Absolutely not," said Pollard. "That's what our coaches and our administration aspires to. I do recognize it's hard, but we are clearly one of the top sixteen teams in the country (basketball) and so I hope that happens. As far as a bowl game, that's our goal every year and that'll be no different for next year," said Pollard.





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