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Messingham set to take over ISU offense

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First year Iowa State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham is set to take over the reigns.  Messingham, a Waterloo native who spent last season coaching ISU's receivers and the previous 2 with the tight ends, replaces previous coordinator Tom Herman after he moved on to Ohio State.

Coach Messingham inherits one of Iowa State's deepest offensive units in recent history.  That offense was one of the driving forces that pushed them into the Pinstripe Bowl last season against Rutgers.

Unlike his predecessor, Messingham plans on coaching from the sideline rather than the press box.  During 11 years as an assistant he's done both, but says he feels more comfortable on the field.

"When you're in the press box, you lose that feeling a little bit of the game itself, the flow of the game," Messingham said, "and when you're down on the sideline, you see them coming off the field, not just the quarterback, but the entire offense.  You get a much better feel for the ebbs and flows of the game, and where are they're at as a group."

Coach Messingham's first test as Iowa State's new offensive coordinator comes September 1, at home against Tulsa.

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