Iowa State football may have to fill another spot on their coaching staff soon, depending on what Cyclone defensive backs coach Troy Douglas decides.
Nov 17, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads on the sidelines against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
First, 247Sports’ Coaching Search reported that Douglas would accept a job on the Pittsburgh Panthers’ coaching staff as early as Wednesday. Since then, that report has diminished after the Ames Tribune said this:
"Iowa State secondary coach Troy Douglas has been offered a spot on the Pittsburgh staff, but Douglas has not decided if he’ll take the position yet, according to a source."
Douglas has been with the Cyclones for the last three seasons. His accomplishments include leading a unit that forced more than 20 turnovers in all three years. While the defense couldn’t stop the run in 2012, the secondary has been able to rank in the top half of the league in red zone defense and grabbing interceptions.
The defensive backs coach has no current connections to Pittsburgh, head coach Paul Chryst, or their coaching staff. He did work under defensive coordinator Wally Burnham in South Florida for three seasons (2006-2008), meaning that he’s been with the same DC for six of the last eight years.
The exact position for Douglas on the Panthers’ coaching staff has not been identified.