By Rob Gray
AMES — Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads confirmed Thursday that offensive line coach Chris Klenakis has left the program.
Klenakis reportedly will serve in the same capacity for Bobby Petrino at Louisville, which leaves the Cyclones with one remaining 2013 offensive staff member — wide receivers coach Todd Sturdy.
“It’s somewhat of a fresh start,” Rhoads said.
But it’s one that’s well underway.
“The important piece is having (offensive coordinator) Mark (Mangino) in place because Mark answers a lot of questions for every recruitable player on the offensive side of the ball,” Rhoads said.
The timing of Klenakis’s departure, Rhoads said, likely means a replacement won’t be found until after next month’s signing day.
“The first thing Mark and I are going to do (Friday) after we sit down as a staff is sit down and talk about names,” Rhoads said. “Where that leads to next week at our convention, we’ll discover a bit (Friday), but I don’t anticipate hires before signing day with any certainty. Could, but I don’t anticipate that.”
Rhoads is also trying to determine how to sort out vacant quarterbacks and tight ends coaching positions.
Mangino could add either to his title, but is not yet certain how that will shake out.“I’m sure we’ll be able to answer (that) in the very near future,” Mangino said.