Week 2 of our orientation course for TCU's entry to the Big 12 will focus on another of the teams that the Frogs will be conference mates with for the first time starting in 2012: the Iowa State Cyclones. Founded in 1858, the school has been known by several different names. It was originally the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm, and later Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts. Today, the full name of the school is Iowa State University of Science and Technology, but most people just call it Iowa State. It has an enrollment of 29,887 and an endowment of $612 million. It ranks 97th on the US News & World Report list of best colleges in America.
As an athletic department, the Cyclones (so named because of a terrible tornado outbreak in 1895) ranked 60th in last year's NACDA Director's Cup standings, having finished as high as 34th and as low as 123rd over the past decade. They are the model of consistency as far as conference alignment goes: they were members of the Big 8 from its founding in 1907 (as the Big 6) until 1996, when they became charter members of the Big 12. Hell, TCU's been in more conferences just since 2000!
Honestly, I don't know much about Iowa State fans. Judging from my one experience with them, at the 2005 Houston Bowl, they like to wear jean shorts a lot and call soda "pop". Here are a few videos to get us all better acquainted with the Cyclones and their fans, and be sure to share your first impressions of ISU in the comments section: