Iowa St. offense gets new coordinator

Updated: January 4, 2012, 8:54 PM ET
By David Ubben | ESPN.com

Iowa State didn't have to look far to find its new offensive coordinator.

Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads tabbed receivers coach Courtney Messingham as the team's new playcaller.

"Courtney has coached at every level of college football and has head coach and coordinator experience," Rhoads said in a release. "He has earned this opportunity through hard work and positive results as a coach and as a recruiter. We have the right man."

He replaces Tom Herman, who left to be Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator at Ohio State.

Rhoads added that there's no timetable for finding a new receivers coach, but the search is underway. Messingham coached tight ends at Iowa State before taking over as the receivers coach in 2011. Before coming to Iowa State, he was the receivers coach for two seasons and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator for one season at Southern Miss.

He came to Southern Miss after serving as the offensive coordinator at Missouri State and was the head coach at Upper Iowa University before that.

"I appreciate Paul Rhoads giving me this opportunity," Messingham said in a release. "This Iowa State football program is on the rise, and I'm fortunate to be a part of it. We have already started getting ready for the 2012 season."

The Cyclones finished 6-7 after a loss to Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl.

David Ubben covers the Big 12 for ESPN.com.