South Florida Job is Iowa State Assistant Chris Ash’s to Take

Chris Ash, an Iowa State defensive assistant coach, has been offered a co-defensive coordinator job at South Florida according to the Tampa Tribune.

From the story:

Under Ash, the Cyclones led the Big 12 in interceptions in 2005 and ranked seventh nationally with 35 turnovers. In 2004, ISU ranked 20th nationally in pass efficiency defense. He reportedly was next in line to become ISU’s defensive coordinator if USF defensive coordinator Wally Burnham had not left USF for Iowa State.

Former USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie said Ash was instrumental in McKenzie (originally) attending Iowa State.

“He’s a good guy, he knows his defense,” McKenzie said. “His knowledge of the game is remarkable. I think he would be one heck of a defensive coordinator. He’s young, he’ll be around for years. He relates to the players, not just as a coaching figure, but someone the players look up to. He’s very passionate.”

Iowa State fans have indicated they do not want to see Ash leave. If nothing else, though, this is a sign new Cyclones Coach Paul Rhoads is doing a good job of hiring assistants.


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