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Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads dismissed

Paul Rhoads was one of the most popular coaches at Iowa State. He just didn't win enough to keep his job.

Iowa State said that athletic director Jamie Pollard told Rhoads on Sunday that he's out after seven seasons.

Rhoads went 32-54 with the Cyclones. But he won just eight games in his final three seasons as the program slipped back into mediocrity.

Rhoads led Iowa State to just its third bowl win in his first season. But Iowa State is 3-8 this season; blowing a 35-28 lead with 1:31 to go in Saturday's loss at Kansas State.

Iowa State signed Rhoads to a 10-year, $20 million contract before the 2012 season. Rhoads is due a buyout of roughly $4.5 million under...