AMES - Iowa State's sixth football victory should improve odds of coach Dan McCarney receiving a contract extension, the university's interim president said.
McCarney's contract expires at the end of the 2001 season. Leaving a coach with just one year can hurt recruiting, so the university is expected to decide soon whether to extend McCarney's deal or dismiss him.
"This is going to be the first activity of our new athletic director," interim president Richard Seagrave said.
Seagrave said the impact of the Cyclones' 6-2 record on McCarney's future "has to be a good thing, doesn't it? It has to be a good thing."
Iowa State picked up its sixth victory and assured itself of a winning season with a 39-20 win over Missouri last Saturday night. The Cyclones are now eligible for a bowl.
"Dan's done a great job since he's been here in getting this program turned around and rebuilt," Seagrave said. "It takes a long time. It takes five or six years to do this. He's in his sixth year and I think you are really starting to see it pay off now."
Iowa State last had a winning season in 1989. The Cyclones have not gone to a bowl since 1978.
Seagrave said a winning season has benefits beyond the athletic department.
"It puts a little extra spring in everybody's step," he said. "It makes everybody feel a little bit better about the place. We know that admissions and recruiting are aided by this - recruiting of students, recruiting of faculty, recruiting of resources, they are all part of it when you have a program you can be proud of."