Big 12: Ben Bruns

Iowa State's team of the decade

January, 19, 2010
Iowa State struggled after Dan McCarney was let go and before Paul Rhoads took the team to a bowl victory this season.

McCarney led the Cyclones to five bowl trips in the first six seasons of the decade. That record was as good as any team's in the North Division to that point.

Things didn't go as swimmingly for the Cyclones for the second half of the decade, although Rhoads' gutty underachievers were one of the biggest surprises in college football in 2009.

Here's a look at my all-decade team for Iowa State.


QB: Seneca Wallace

RB: Alexander Robinson

RB: Ennis Haywood

WR: Todd Blythe

WR: Lane Danielson

TE: Mike Banks

OL: Reggie Stephens

OL: Cale Stubbe

OL: Bob Montgomery

OL: Aaron Brant

C: Ben Bruns


DL: Nick Leaders

DL: Brent Curvey

DL: Jordan Carstens

DL: Reggie Haywood

LB: Alvin Bowen

LB: Tim Dobbins

LB: Jesse Smith

DB: LaMarcus Hicks

DB: Ellis Hobbs

DB: JaMaine Billups

DB: Leonard Johnson

P: Tony Yelk

K: Adam Benike

KR: J.J.Moses

Offensive player of the decade: QB Seneca Wallace. Fans remember his serpentine touchdown run against Texas Tech in 2002, but he also led the Cyclones to back-to-back bowl trips while setting the single-season school records for passing and total offense.

Defensive player of the decade: LB Alvin Bowen. A two-time team most valuable player, Bowen produced 155 tackles as a senior in 2006 to become All-Big 12 linebacker and one of the most productive players in ISU history.

Coach of the decade: Dan McCarney. When he was fired after the 2006 season, he had more wins, more bowl trips and more bowl victories than any coach in the school's history. And if he had a more consistent field goal kicker, McCarney might have won that elusive North Division championship that the Cyclones are still looking for.

Moment of the decade: Iowa State’s 37-29 victory over Pittsburgh in the 2000 Bowl. Sage Rosenfels passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cyclones to their first bowl victory in school history. It capped a 9-3 season that was the most victories by a Cyclone team since 1906.

Big 12 lunch links: Clemons headed to Colorado

May, 21, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Today is a reminder of rebirth and renewal.

Lawrence, Kan., was burned to the ground by pro-slavery forces 153 years ago today on May 21, 1856.

On that date, a pro-slavery posse led by Sheriff Samuel J. Jones burned the Free-State Hotel, destroyed the printing equipment of two anti-slavery newspapers and also looted several businesses in what has come to be known as the sacking of Lawrence. One man was killed in the ransacking of the city when he was struck dead by a stone falling from the burning hotel.

From those horrific events, one of America's most beautiful college towns has emerged.

I always think of the story of "Bleeding Kansas" every time I visit Lawrence. It puts all my thoughts about athletics into perspective.

Today, we have a large collection of Big 12 links for your reading pleasure.

Big 12 links: Holder wants yearly OSU presence in Dallas

May, 14, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Here are some of the best of today's Big 12 stories.

Enjoy them.

  • The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel writes that Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder isn't happy about being the only Big 12 South team without an annual game in the Dallas area.
  • Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler breaks down the awards opportunities for several key Oklahoma and Oklahoma State players.
  • Boulder Daily Camera columnist Neill Woelk writes that Colorado officials mishandled a recent decision to move a group of fans from their favorite parking area after they were required to buy seasons tickets and make donations to the school.
  • Cedar Rapids Gazette beat writer Eric Peterson catches up with Ben Bruns on Iowa State's $10 million renovation project on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium.
  • Linebacker Matt Ritchey, from Big Spring, Texas, committed to Baylor, the Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner reports.
  • Bo Pelini and Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler spent some time the last several days playing the Augusta National Golf Course, Steve Sipple reports. The Nebraska coaching duo played 18 holes on Sunday and Tuesday and 27 holes on Monday.
  • The Associated Press reports that former Nebraska safety Mike Minter is considering a run for the 8th Congressional district that encompasses suburban Charlotte, N.C.
  • The Austin American-Statesman's John Maher writes that the owners of a vintage Texas uniform once belonging to Len Barrell have chosen to relist the historic artifact on eBay, despite a high bid that reached $14,900.