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Chizik restructures ISU football coaching staff

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AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State head football coach Gene Chizik announced Sunday that he is restructuring both his offensive and defensive coaching staffs and will be naming new offensive and defensive coordinators.

"It's the head coach's responsibility to evaluate all facets of the program and make whatever changes are necessary to improve the team's overall performance," Chizik said.

Robert McFarland, the team's offensive coordinator the past two years, will serve as assistant head coach and remain as the offensive line coach.  Wayne Bolt, the defensive coordinator for the past two years, will serve as linebackers coach. Assistant coaches Tony Petersen (quarterbacks) and Shawn Raney (secondary) will not be retained.

"I believe that Coach McFarland is one of the top offensive line coaches in the nation and modifying his duties so that all of his energy can be focused on that unit will benefit our team greatly," Chizik said.  "Coach Bolt is also a great teacher and a proven defensive mind and he will continue to add tremendous experience and value - especially to our linebacking corps - going forward."

Chizik said he appreciated the work of both Petersen and Raney.

"I have a great deal of respect for how both Tony and Shawn worked with and cared for our players," Chizik said. "I am grateful for their contributions to the Cyclone football family and will do what I can to aid their transitions."

Chizik said national searches for the open positions will begin immediately.

courtesy ISU Media Relations

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