Wrestling was permitted one full-time assistant then and at Iowa State, the legendary Harold Nichols had recently hired one of his former all-Americans, Les Anderson. At Iowa, multimillionaire booster Roy Carver sensed an opening.
He and school officials met clandestinely with Gable. They told him that coach Gary Kurdelmeier didn't want to stay long and that Carver planned to make a sizable financial commitment. Gable bit.
"It all happened under the cover of night," Haddy said. "Before Iowa State knew what hit them, we were calling a press conference to introduce Dan Gable as our new assistant."
The move triggered a seismic shift. Kurdelmeier stayed another four years. Gable took over in 1976 and the program was launched to another level.
As mentioned earlier-Gable waited 5 years for a head coaching position-he did not take his Mentor's job nor anyone else's-he worked out an agreement to leave ISU (where he was an unpaid asst.) to become an asst. coach until the Iowa coach retired-then he turned college wrestling upside down through shear dominance.