One day after the Iowa State Cyclones ended their season with a thrilling three-overtime victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers, the team did some house cleaning and relieved two coaches — offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope — of their duties.
According to ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon, the Cyclones will immediately search for replacements:
Cyclones will immediately begin a search to replace Messingham and Pope but no timetable has been given to replace them.
— Brandon Chatmon (@BChatmon) December 1, 2013
Head coach Paul Rhoads complimented the two assistants in a statement:
I want to thank both Courtney and Kenith for their service to Iowa State. They have great character and work ethic and have been excellent ambassadors for the university and community. They worked hard to elevate our program and have been an important part of the success we’ve had the last five years (Des Moines Register).
The Cyclones finished 2013 with a 3-9 overall record. They won only two conference games in what was the school’s worst performance since going 2-10 back in 2008 under then-coach Gene Chizik.
[Source: Des Moines Register]