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Rhoads' hiring raises some eyebrows

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Paul Rhoads will be announced as the new coach at Iowa State. A press conference introducing him will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday in Ames.

The decision was a little interesting because Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard had hinted he was looking for somebody with previous head-coaching experience. It's also interesting because Rhoads is considered a coaching protege of Dan McCarney, who was let go as Iowa State's coach before Gene Chizik was hired in 2006.

Rhoads, 41, has never been a head coach, serving as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh from 2000-07 and this season at Auburn.

But in one way, he might be the ideal hire to take away some of the bad feelings of Gene Chizik's recent departure. Rhoads is a native of Ankeny, Iowa, and is familiar with the Iowa State program. He served on Dan McCarney's original staff, coaching linebackers and the secondary before he got his promotion to Pittsburgh.

Much more on this will be coming throughout the day.