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Dylan Montz

I'm a native of Eastern Iowa. Born in Cedar Rapids and growing up in Mechanicsville, stepping into my role as a correspondent with The Gazette in August 2014 was almost like coming home. I'm a 2010 graduate of North Cedar and a 2014 Iowa State University grad. During my days at Iowa State, I wrote for the student publication, the Iowa State Daily and was also an intern at The Gazette in the summer of 2013. I'm always looking for feedback on my stories as well as what you, the readers, want to know. You can reach me on Twitter at @dylanmontz or by emailing me at Thanks for stopping by to check out the Cyclone Country blog.





Cyclones land “family oriented” Campbell

AMES - Iowa State football thrust itself into the coaching carousel and into a marketplace that has been particularly convoluted this season.

But as quickly as Iowa State found itself in the middle of a search for a new head coach, the prog ... »

Update: Iowa State announces Matt Campbell is next head football coach

AMES - Toledo's Matt Campbell is the new head football coach at Iowa State, the school announced Sunday afternoon, a week after Paul Rhoads was fired.

Campbell's contract is for six years with a first-year salary of $2 million. He will meet with ... »

Chapter on Rhoads era closing against West Virginia

AMES - Not many moments during Paul Rhoads' tenure stand out to him more than his first team meeting nearly seven years ago.

Roughly a month into his new job at Iowa State, Rhoads gathered his new team in the Hunziker Auditorium inside the Jacob ... »

Cyclones ‘know who we want’ at Emerald Classic

AMES - Nobody wanted to come right out and say the words, but they didn't have to because the message was clear.

A matchup against Virginia Tech in the Emerald Coast Classic awaits No. 4 Iowa State on Friday, but on the other side of the bracket i ... »

ISU 2-Minute Drill: West Virginia


Mike Warren had his fourth 145-plus yard rushing game last week (195 yards) and has climbed to 1,265 yards this season, but two fumbles in the fourth quarter sullied the day. He's stil ... »

ISU’s Dagel relishing final moments

AMES - Brock Dagel made his way through the inflated tunnel that led into Jack Trice Stadium for the last time in his Iowa State uniform.

Dagel reached the end of the opening of the tunnel where he met Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads. The emotions ... »

Mitrou-Long finds his stroke in No. 4 Cyclones win

AMES - Naz Mitrou-Long was waiting for his breakout game.

He had been feeling close, but the makes weren't coming. Sunday night we walked into the gym to put up extra shots and get his stroke down pat. That's when he started to feel like the Mitro ... »

Emotional Rhoads looks forward to final week, Pollard looks ahead to new coach

AMES - Paul Rhoads has never tried to hide his emotions. They've always been worn directly on his sleeve.

A handful of days away from coaching his last game for Iowa State and with emotions as raw as ever, Rhoads talked about getting his team read ... »

Nader the X-Factor for Iowa State so far

AMES - Abdel Nader was in a situation of flux and didn't really know what he wanted to do.

Fred Hoiberg departed for the Chicago Bulls, leaving Iowa State and its four seniors-to-be with some questions about how their final year in Ames wou ... »

ISU notes: Cyclones follow trend, outscored by 24 in second half

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Four times this season Iowa State had chances to win close games late and finally get over the hump. It watched each one of them slip away.

After blowing a 21-point lead to Kansas State, the trend of being outscored 93-23 against ... »