Report: Bleil Takes Rhode Island OC Job

AllCyclones Publisher
Posted Jan 3, 2014
Trey Scott


Iowa State has yet to announce anything regarding Bleil, who came with Paul Rhoads to Iowa State and served as offensive line coach before being moved to tight ends/assistant head coach this season

Bill Bleil has taken the offensive coordinator gig at Rhode Island, FootballScoop.com reports.

Iowa State has yet to announce anything regarding Bleil, who came with Paul Rhoads to Iowa State and served as offensive line coach before being moved to tight ends/assistant head coach this season.

A source close to Bleil tells AllCyclones.com that Bleil and the Cyclones parted days after the 2013 season ended with an overtime win at West Virginia but Rhoads held off on announcing anything as Bleil actively searched for a new job, including the head coaching vacancy at North Dakota.

Iowa State 2014 tight end commit Scott Schaffner says he was made aware of Bleil's departure during a mid-December in-home visit with Rhoads and that he'll remain committed to the Cyclones.

"He's a great guy and a great coach. I'm happy for him!" Schaffner said in a text Friday to AllCylcones.com

Under Bleil's watch, tight end E.J. Bibbs caught 39 passes in 2013 and was named second-team All-Big 12.

The Cyclones have three known coaching vacancies, having also fired offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope on Dec. 1.



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