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

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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Pay raise, Dejean-Jones signing make Ames a 'great situation' for Hoiberg

AMES — Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg's been all smiles when it comes to signings lately, whether it be adding his own signature to an important document or seeing another's on a vital piece of paper.

The am [...]

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Defenders get pressure on ISU QBs

AMES — Iowa State defensive end Mitchell Meyers has been working on his speed this spring.

So far, so fast.

The 6-4, 242-pound sophomore swept inside and outside for three “touch sacks” in the first quar [...]

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No more visits

AMES — So much for that impending Arizona State visit.

Former UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones — who planned a trip to Tempe after visiting Iowa State’s campus this weekend — announced on Twitter Sunday he pla [...]

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No worries at Iowa State

AMES — Iowa State's top playmaking wide receiver, Quenton Bundrage, failed to record a catch in Saturday's spring game.

Cause for concern? Probably not.

Bundrage, who tied a single-season school record with nine tou [...]

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