Wendy Wintersteen discusses Iowa State Athletics Department


Iowa State football players celebrate a touchdown during their 45-0 win over Kansas on Oct. 14, 2017.

Brian Mozey

During an Iowa State Daily exclusive interview with new Iowa State president Wendy Wintersteen, she made some quick comments on the Iowa State athletic department. 

“We are No. 15 in football,” Wintersteen said. “I think athletics are an important part of what we do at Iowa State University.”

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard spoke about his support for Wintersteen and how excited he was about the future between the university and the athletics department. 

The Iowa State football team has been in the AP Top 25 poll the past couple of weeks after defeating two top-five teams in the month of October. 

The first time the Cyclones made it into the poll was on Oct. 22 after defeating Texas Tech. They squeaked into the No. 25 spot. It marked the first time they made the top 25 since 2002. 

The following week on Oct. 29, Iowa State had just beat TCU 14-7 at homecoming and moved up to No. 14 on the poll. 

Finally, Iowa State made the College Football Playoff poll for the first time in school history at No. 15. The poll, that came out on Oct. 31, has been used to determine the four-team playoff at the end of the season since 2014. 

Iowa State looks to improve its record and spot in the AP Top 25 and College Football Playoff polls as it plays at West Virginia on Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. 

“I will continue as president to support them,” Wintersteen said.