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AMES, Iowa Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads had one question for offensive coordinator Tom Herman when he announced he will leave the Cyclones for the same position at Ohio State following the season.
"I think you guys are aware that we have a phrase that we refer to, our football team, as being 'all in,'" Rhoads said Saturday. "And I challenged Tom to be 'all in' in the preparation and commitment to this football team. If he could be that way, he was going to coordinate us through this game. Without hesitation he assured me that he could.
"I thought that was of the utmost importance. If he couldn't have done that, I would have made the change and we would have been going in a different direction now in preparation. But I'm very confident that he can."
Herman said it was important for him to remain committed to those same principles while preparing for Iowa State's Pinstripe Bowl appearance against Rutgers on Dec. 30.
"Coach Rhoads asked it, 'Hey are you all in?'" Herman said. "I think that was important to him to make sure that I could totally and completely focus on Rutgers. And without hesitation I said, 'Of course.' I think I owe it to him, I owe it this program and I owe it to these players that I've been around for three years and built strong relationships with that I want to see them end this year on a great note."
Herman will become the Buckeyes' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under new head coach Urban Meyer next year. Herman joined the Cyclones in 2009 following a successful stint as Rice's offensive coordinator.
Meyer called Rhoads last Sunday to ask for permission to speak with Herman, who accepted the job soon afterward. Herman said the opportunity to work with Meyer and grow as a coach was too tough to pass up.
"I think we're going to put together an offense there that will be a lot of what they had success with in the past at Florida and at Utah melded with some of the things we've done in the past here and with some of the other offensive coaches," Herman said. "That part is exciting, to be able to grow as a coach and be able to learn from a guy that's really, really well respected throughout the coaching community, especially on the offensive side of the ball."
Rhoads said he doesn't have a timeline to fill Herman's position and currently is more preoccupied with recruiting and bowl preparation than replacing Herman. But Rhoads also said he has a short list of people he'd like to consider for the job, and the offensive philosophy will stay no matter who is the coordinator.
"We'll keep doing the same thing," Rhoads said. "We're not going to change. We're going to find somebody who conforms to us rather than conform to him. It's easier for one to conform to 50-some than it is the other way around."