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    http://cs.gazetteonline.com/blogs/fr...4/17/3056.aspx
    Sanderson making right move?
    Gazette sports journalist KJ Pilcher broke the news today that Cael Sanderson is leaving Iowa State for richer fields at Penn State.
    The question now is why.

    Why would Sanderson ditch is alma mater for Penn State, a school that has some rich wrestling tradition but runs nowhere near Ames' historic past?

    It would be simple to say it's all about the benjamins. I've heard $500,000 a year for 5 years. That's $2.5 million. That's just a rumor, by the way.

    That's a lot of change, a lot of security for a young and growing family.

    I don't know Sanderson as well as many, but what I do know is he's not about money. This, I would guess, is not about only money.

    My thinking is Sanderson is tired of playing second fiddle in this state. Tom Brands and the Iowa Hawkeyes have won two straight NCAA titles and have owned the Cyclones in recent duals.

    Sanderson is an outstanding recruiter, but he'll never own Iowa like he can own Pennsylvania. That's big state with a lot of outstanding wrestlers. He can build a contender with wrestlers only from that state.

    My guess is Sanderson wants to be the man in a state. The best he can hope for in Iowa is to share that title with Brands and company in Iowa City.

    Sanderson wants to win a national title and, apparently, thinks that will come easier at PSU than ISU. He may be right.

    I read many comments on various posts today and the common thought, even among ISU boosters, is the Cyclone athletics department is in trouble financially. Not cutting sports trouble yet, but strained like many, many others.

    Maybe Sanderson didn't think he was getting the needed support in Ames. The crowds were always good, but not great. The administration, from the outside at least, seems to support the sport, but maybe something was happening internally we don't know about.

    Don't rip into Sanderson for bailing on his alma mater, instead relish the job he did in three seasons and wish him the best in Happy Valley.

    Sanderson wants to win. It's that simple.


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    I'm kind of astonished, even though I believed it when I heard it. It's one thing in theory, but in the real world.
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    I don't buy the "doesn't want to be second fiddle in Iowa" stuff. Seriously, it makes him sound afraid of Iowa, which I don't think he is. Leaving for the money is one thing, but not being willing or able to work harder to get the Iowa guys is, IMO, much worse. It just doesn't seem to be his mentality.
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    "My thinking is Sanderson is tired of playing second fiddle in this state. Tom Brands and the Iowa Hawkeyes have won two straight NCAA titles and have owned the Cyclones in recent duals."

    Okay, that's the second time I've heard this today. I think it's pretty **** ridiculous and is an example of the stupid sht we hear all too often on sports talk radio. Not content with reporting news, someone has to manufacture drama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    "My thinking is Sanderson is tired of playing second fiddle in this state. Tom Brands and the Iowa Hawkeyes have won two straight NCAA titles and have owned the Cyclones in recent duals."

    Okay, that's the second time I've heard this today and I'm not going to let it pass. I think it's pretty ridiculous and is an example of the stupid sht we hear all too often on sports talk radio. Not content with reporting news, they have to manufacture drama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2008 View Post
    I don't buy the "doesn't want to be second fiddle in Iowa" stuff. Seriously, it makes him sound afraid of Iowa, which I don't think he is. Leaving for the money is one thing, but not being willing or able to work harder to get the Iowa guys is, IMO, much worse. It just doesn't seem to be his mentality.
    I"m not saying he's scared of anyone, just that the ISU program probably won't ever be what the Iowa program is, at least not for a long time. They just don't have the history or prestige--something that an ISU fan may not believe. Again, it's just a theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2008 View Post
    I don't buy the "doesn't want to be second fiddle in Iowa" stuff. Seriously, it makes him sound afraid of Iowa, which I don't think he is. Leaving for the money is one thing, but not being willing or able to work harder to get the Iowa guys is, IMO, much worse. It just doesn't seem to be his mentality.
    I was thinking the same thing. I'm sure the $ had a fair amount to do with it, and there's nothing wrong with that. 135K to 500K is a serious boost. He could create a beast out of PSU, just recruiting the state. It'll certainly be interesting one way or the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    I"m not saying he's scared of anyone, just that the ISU program probably won't ever be what the Iowa program is, at least not for a long time. They just don't have the history or prestige--something that an ISU fan may not believe. Again, it's just a theory.
    Iowa State's history and prestige as a wrestling powerhouse long precedes Iowa's. Iowa was not even on the mat so to speak until Gable showed up in '74 or so.

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    Any word on this becoming official?

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