ISU AD takes shot at Tech during pep rally

Texas Tech's misfortune apparently is becoming a punchline for other schools around the conference.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard got a laugh at the Red Raiders' expense during a pep rally for his school Wednesday before his team's Insight Bowl game against Minnesota.

Pollard alluded to the firing of Tech coach Mike Leach, who was let go by the school after reports surfaced about him placing reserve wide receiver Adam James in a shed while he was recovering from a concussion.

Several hours later, Pollard made this comment to ISU fans:

“I’m so excited to be here, because I’ve been locked in a closet by Paul Rhoads,” Pollard said, according to the Des Moines Register.

Pollard's comments got a few chuckles from the assembled Cyclone fans.

But I bet it wasn't very funny to many people in West Texas.