Iowa State demotes coordinators McFarland, Bolt; 2 assistants fired

Updated: December 1, 2008, 8:20 AM ET
Associated Press

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik is making big changes to his coaching staff after the Cyclones' dismal 2-10 season.

Chizik has removed his offensive and defensive coordinators and fired two other assistants.

Chizik, in a statement released on Sunday, announced that offensive coordinator Robert McFarland and defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt have been removed.

Bolt will remain as linebackers coach, while McFarland will retain his role as an assistant coach and remain as the offensive line coach.

Chizik dismissed quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen and secondary coach Shawn Raney.

Chizik says it's his responsibility to "evaluate all facets of the program and make whatever changes are necessary."

Iowa State started the season 2-0 before losing 10 straight games, including an 0-8 record in the Big 12.


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