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Texas assisstant to take over as Iowa State head coach

Texas assisstant to take over as Iowa State head coach

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Texas assistant Gene Chizik was introduced Monday night as Iowa State's football coach, and he quickly vowed to revive a team that finished 4-8 this season.

Chizik will replace Dan McCarney, who resigned this month after 12 seasons.

"I think the level of commitment is demonstrated," Chizik said during his introduction in Ames, Iowa. "They want to make this football program one of the strongest in the country."

Chizik's arrival was heralded by Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard as a new era in the Cyclone football program. Chizik was introduced with great fanfare, emerging from an inflatable tunnel with smoke to a pep rally that included cheerleaders and members of the marching band inside Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

"I'm still expecting a rock star or somebody to come out behind me," he quipped. "This is truly a blessing."

Chizik will become Iowa State's coach immediately and will not coach for Texas in the Longhorns' bowl game, which has yet to be decided.

Chizik, the defensive co-coordinator at Texas, came to the Longhorns before the 2005 season, and the school won a national championship in his first season. By the end of the 2005 season, Chizik's teams had won 28 straight games dating to his years in Auburn, where he was defensive coordinator for three seasons.

In 2004, the Tigers went 13-0 and finished the season ranked No. 2. The Tigers had the nation's top scoring defense and ranked fifth in total defense that season, and Chizik won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.

"He brought some fresh ideas, great energy and enthusiasm and a tireless work ethic to our program," Texas coach Mack Brown said in a statement. "You won't find anyone in our program that has anything but great things to say about Gene. He's a bright, young coach who has a tremendous future ahead of him. He'll do a terrific job for Iowa State."

Iowa State was 56-84 under McCarney. The Cyclones were picked to finish second in the Big 12 North in the preseason coaches poll, but went just 1-7 in conference play.

The hiring of Chizik is Pollard's third major move since taking over on Oct. 1, 2005. Pollard hired former Northern Iowa coach Greg McDermott to take over the basketball program in March, and he promoted Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson to head wrestling coach later that month.

AP Sports Writer Jim Vertuno in Austin, Texas, contributed to this story.


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