Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is signed through the 2021 season at a place that understands the challenges of fielding a winner in the Big 12.
But 3-9 won't cut it at anywhere.
Rhoads and the Cyclones began the process of erasing the worst season of his tenure on Monday with the start of spring practice.
Iowa State has plenty of questions to answer, most notably at quarterback, and a revamped coaching staff will get its first chance to work with the Cyclones outside of the film room.
The Cyclones, who finished 3-9 in 2013 despite closing with a two-game winning streak, hold their annual spring game on April 12.