The Iowa State Cyclones were one of the most entertaining teams in the nation to watch this past season. The team itself was a near clone of their head coach, Fred Hoiberg. Granted, it may have been a little more athletic clone than Hoiberg.
Regardless, the squad relied on an uptempo, three-ball heavy style which eventually resulted in a trip to the NCAA Tournament and the team becoming everyone’s sleeper pick for a deep run in the big dance (well, that was until a phony “charge” call).
With success comes other programs picking at Iowa State’s assistant coaching staff. No one was safe from being poked, prodded or asked to join another, more opportunity-filled program — which is exactly what happened to Jeff Rutter when he decided to take an assistant job that has more responsibilities.
That left a job vacant within the basketball program. Thankfully for Hoiberg, Micah Byars was already on the payroll and was more than qualified to be the team’s new Director of Basketball Operations.
Byars has been with the program for a few years in the Director of Player Development position. While Byars is going to be needed to help develop players as well as overall team-related day-to-day coaching duties, he may be best known for helping the student-athletes achieve their highest GPA in 2011-12. In fact, his previous job was to look over players’ grades and he seems to have done a more than admirable job.
Hoiberg, Byars and the rest of the task will now be tasked with the continued building of the Iowa State basketball program. A program which — if momentum has anything to do with it at least — has the potential to make some big splashes in the future.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone