With Mangino canned, Paul Rhoads turns to Paul Wulff for offensive help


I loathe the smell of coaching desperation in the afternoon.

Already on the hot seat entering the 2015 season, Paul Rhoads saw his seat grow warmer as his Iowa State Cyclones stumbled to a 2-5 start to the year.  Following what was actually a respectable 45-27 loss to Baylor in which the ISU offense showed some second-half life, Rhoads decided to dump coordinator Mark Mangino early this past week over a disagreement in the direction of the offense.

In an apparent attempt to bolster that side of the ball, Rhoads today has added former Washington State head coach Paul Wulff to his staff as a “volunteer coach.”  The Ames Tribune writes that “Wulff is expected to be on the sidelines when the Cyclones face Texas on Saturday.”  Wulff has also served as the head coach at FCS Eastern Washington and his offensive coordinator during that time was Todd Sturdy, who is manning the coordinator spot on an interim basis following the forced departure of Mangino.

In Wulff’s first three seasons at Wazzu (2008-10), the Cougars were 119th, 119th and 106th in points per game. In his final season, that number climbed to a respectable 45th before he was fired at season’s end with the lowest winning percentage (.184, 9-40) in the program’s history.

He spent 2012-13 as an offensive assistant with Jim Harbaugh‘s San Francisco 49ers, then served as USF’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2014. In his lone season as the Bulls’ coordinator, they ranked 119th in points per game. He was fired by Willie Taggart in December of last year