Iowa State announces changes to football coaching staff


Photo: Huiling Wu/Iowa State Daily

Assistant coach Courtney Messingham trains players during the football practice Tuesday at the Bergstrom Indoor Practice Facility.

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The ISU football team announced Sunday that offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope have been relieved of their duties.

Both Messingham and Pope had been on ISU coach Paul Rhoads’ staff since he arrived at Iowa State (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) in 2009. The move came one day after the Cyclones finished their 2013 season with a 52-44 triple overtime victory against West Virginia. 

The ISU offense, through Nov. 30 games, is ranked No. 96 in the country out of 125 FBS teams in total offense averaging 363 yards per game. 

“I want to thank both Courtney and Kenith for their service to Iowa State,” Rhoads said in a news release. “They have great character and work ethic, and have been excellent ambassadors for the university and community. They worked hard to help elevate our program and have been an important part of the success we have had in this program the last five years.”

Messingham also acted as Iowa State’s quarterbacks coach.

Iowa State will begin an immediate search for replacements to fill both positions. Rhoads has no timetable for decisions and Iowa State said he will have no comment until he returns from recruiting in two weeks.