When I first started at The Gazette, I covered Iowa State in 1998. It was a fun year for me. The road trips were tremendous. Some kid named LaDainian Tomlinson tore up Jack Trice (actually, LT was outdone by teammate Basil Mitchell’s 186 yards and three TDs that day). Oh yeah, the Cyclones beat Iowa for the first time in 15 seasons in a ginormous upset at Kinnick Stadium.
On one of my first days, ISU O-lineman Ben Bruns asked me who I was and where I worked. We talked a little bit. Even when the result on the field wasn’t great, Bruns was a stand-up guy.
He graduated with a degree in construction engineering and works for the firm that built the Cyclones’ indoor football facility. (Something we discussed on the “Bubble” story on this blog.) He’s also the sideline reporter for Cyclone radio.
The sideline gig allows access. Bruns knows ISU football as few do. That’s why his blog and its first post is a must-read if you’re interested in an insider’s view of the Gene Chizik departure.
Fascinating read. Good luck with the blog, Ben.