Cyclone Country

Rob Gray
I was born and raised in Ames and somehow obtained undergraduate degrees from both Iowa State (journalism) and Iowa (communication studies, film emphasis). And in a former professional life, I served as a beat writer for both Northern Iowa and Drake football — so I feel I have all my in-state Division I bases covered. I absolutely welcome and appreciate feedback, from story ideas to questions and constructive criticism. You can also find me on Twitter @RobWGray. Sometimes I'm there. Sometimes I'm enjoying time with my young kids, on a long hike, or eating at Wheatsfield Grocery. Much healthier these days. So ... thanks for checking out the blog and, again, feel free to contact me via Twitter or e-mail at

Blog Posts

Luke Knott battles back from hip injury

AMES — When adversity hit Luke Knott last season, he could have let it lead him on two different paths. Upon suffering a season-ending hip injury half way through last year, he could have let that define him as a player or he could fight hi [...]

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‘No separation’ between ISU quarterbacks for starting spot

AMES — In deciding who Iowa State’s starting quarterback will be this fall, offensive coordinator Mark Mangino needs one thing: his trained set of eyes.

Mangino, along with the approval of Coach Paul Rhoads, decided they [...]

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ISU secondary shows ‘flashes’ in first week of fall camp

AMES — Players in the ISU secondary have heard time and again about how young they are and their level of inexperience.

And while those things may be true, the guys that fill the Cyclones’ depth chart in the secondary, a [...]

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Lazard just another freshman

AMES — Before he even donned an Iowa State jersey, much was said and written about the expectations placed on freshman Allen Lazard.

The wide receiver from Urbandale — a four-star recruit by — entered f [...]

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Hoiberg surgery ‘successful’

UPDATE (July 15, 4:00 p.m.) Below is a statement from Fred Hoiberg, who had surgery this morning to replace his pacemaker.

“The surgery performed this morning at t [...]

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Rhoads feeling good about Devron Moore’s return

NEWTON — Welcome back, Devron Moore.


That’s the word from Iowa State football Coach Paul Rhoads, who zoomed into Iowa Speedway Wednesday for a stop on the athletics department’s annual and increa [...]

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Oregon State transfer Cooke chooses Iowa State

Former Oregon State guard Hallice Cooke — the just-announced, latest transfer to join Fred Hoiberg’s Iowa State Cyclones — could always fill it up from long range.

So much so that as a senior at New Jersey’ [...]

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ISU announces signing of 7-foot-1 recruit

AMES — It’s official — and it’s a Greek to the Iowa State men’s basketball team.

Cyclones Coach Fred Hoiberg announced Monday 7-foot-1 Veroia, Greece, native Georgios Tsalmpouris signed his national letter [...]

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ISU’s Kemboi back on friendly blue oval at Drake Relays

DES MOINES — Nearly four years ago, a precocious Edward Kemboi lined up for the biggest event of his life — the 2011 NCAA Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

The then-17-year-old Iowa State athlete’s h [...]

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Rhoads: No decisions yet on ISU quarterbacks

AMES - It’s still a three-man battle.

That was the word from Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads Tuesday with regard to his team’s crowded-at-the-top quarterback position.

“Have not cut it down yet,” Rho [...]

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