Wally has been great for this program. Defense keeps improving game after game, year by year. Klein and Knott has really blossomed under his direction.
I hope Wally stays until he retires, whenever he wants to do that. Our D is just flat out good. If NIU was the second best defense EIU was going to see all year, what did that make us, the best they'll see all decade?
I would be very, very surprised if Wally didn't retire from ISU. I just hope that he sticks around for a few more years and doesn't leave this year when Knott and Klein graduate.
Wally's hire is probably the best single coaching decision that Rhoads has made.
Wally has stated a few times (especially when he was hired) that he sees Iowa State being his last stop on the coaching journey. He's always wanted to be able to coach with his son and Iowa State gave him that opportunity.
It's not like he's a young 30 year old coach saying he'll never leave. He's coached a lot of places and had success. He's got a good thing going for him here, on the field and off the field with two of his grandkids living down the street.
Wally is a dark wizard of DC....I'm glad CPR let him(Wally) hire his son(Shane).
Wally was an outstanding hire. As was Shane. I kinda hope he ends up taking over when Wally hangs it up.
But another awesome hire that I think is paying HUGE dividends is Troy Douglas in the secondary. I see a dramatic improvement in that area on this team.
I go back to last spring watching videos of spring practice on cyclones.com and a particular drill the DB's were doing with Troy. Actually I think the LBs were also doing it with him too. Troy was standing about 5 yds away from a WR and would toss the football towards them with some good speed on it. The DBs and LBs stood next to the WR and had to reach across them and knock the ball down as it was coming in. I just remember to myself thinking what a great drill this was. It made them have really quick hands, and it also concentrated their efforts on knocking down passes.
I've noticed already this year that our DBs and LBs both are knocking down a LOT of passes, whereas in the past it seemed like all we did was concentrate on tackling the WR just as the ball arrived but never tried knocking it away. Yesterday we must have knocked away a good dozen balls, including Jansen Watson knocking the ball out of one of Iowa's WRs hands after he caught it and was coming down with it for a huge play.
Troy Douglas was an outstanding hire as well. Big upgrade. I just hope we can keep all these guys together for a while.
I don't think Wally Burnham receives enough credit, and he does receive a lot of credit. He has done a great job.
Wally deserves a lifetime contract. This guy is fantastic.
The only place Wally is going after ISU is the Defensive Coordinator Hall of Fame. I personally rank him as possibly the best coaching hire ever made at ISU in any sport, head or otherwise. I was at the Nebraska win when we had Tiller @ QB and a guy at runningback who left after the season, that win was all Wally's. That Nebraska team was way better than what Iowa has on the field this year.
Heck of a nice guy and very humble. And one heck of a defensive mastermind. We are lucky to have him. Thanks again, Wally!!
Wally was easily the best hire Rhoads made. I don't want to think about what ISU would be like if they hired someone else.
Also, Ken Pope was a great hire as well. We will be stacked at RB for years to come under him