Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tornado Alley Iowa State's Floyd Is a Successful Coach on the Move

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tornado Alley Iowa State's Floyd Is a Successful Coach on the Move

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The game starts.

The sports coat comes off.

The tie is loosened. Tim Floyd's shoes are ready to do some walking. He begins to prowl the sideline. Stalking. Roaming. Constant motion. Constant dialogue. Yapping. Clapping. Iowa State's coach is a Cyclone. "The one question I get more than any other is, what's he like after a game?" Floyd's wife, Beverly, said earlier this season. "It's amazing how calm he is and his ability to put it behind him and go home and relax." During a game, Tim Floyd will not sit down. Tim Floyd will not shut up. Will he go away? Iowa State's competition in the Big 12 Conference can only hope so. Floyd, 43, has coached Iowa State to a 69-28 record over the past three seasons. His Cyclones are 4-2 overall in NCAA Tournament play going into tonight's matchup with UCLA in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Iowa State (22-8) smacked Illinois State and nipped Cincinnati to reach the Alamodome. The UCLA-Iowa State game offers a fascinating contrast of styles. UCLA's athletic ability will be tested as Floyd tries to turn the contest into a possession-by-possession turf war. Floyd's intense coaching style - personified by an in-your-face defense - has pushed the Cyclones into the NCAA's round of 16 for the first time since 1986. His teams deploy a patient, grind-it-out offense, but Floyd's career is on the fast track. Floyd's teams at Idaho, New Orleans and Iowa State have averaged 21 wins a season, and in 11 years he has never had a losing record. In the Big 12, only Kansas coach Roy Williams has won more over the past three seasons. And Floyd's recruiting class for next season has been rated second in the nation by one scouting service. But will Floyd be around to watch his recruits develop? Keep an eye on the Chicago Bulls. After winning the NBA championship last June, Bulls coach Phil Jackson haggled with team owner Jerry Reinsdorf before agreeing to return for the 1996-97 season. But Jackson signed a one-year contract, and he's free to leave after this season. …

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