Latham’s “Locker Room Report” Returns to Cyclone Radio Network

September 9, 2023, marks the 70th meeting between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University football teams. In a state without a professional sports team, the Cy-Hawk game is the Super Bowl of Iowa. After all, bragging rights are at stake!

“The Cy-Hawk game brings fans of both teams together for a spirited game day atmosphere,” says John Latham, president, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. “It was great to see Iowa State win last year. Hopefully, the Cyclones can make it two in a row! Coach Matt Campbell has proven that he can take Iowa State to new heights, and I’m excited for another season of Cyclone football.”

Many young, talented players will get their first chance to play meaningful snaps at Iowa State.

“The quarterback is the most important position on the field,” John says. “Iowa State has two incredibly talented freshmen who will get their chance to prove themselves. Rocco Becht is a redshirt freshman from Tampa and JJ Kohl is a true freshman from Ankeny. Rocco is a mobile quarterback who can get outside the pocket and beat defenses. Measuring 6 feet 7 inches tall, JJ has a big arm and throws more traditional pocket passes. We’ll see which QB takes over for the rest of the season.”

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John had so much fun golfing for charity in Hampton this summer with Cyclone football players. From left to right: Dimitri Stanley, Jaylin Noel and Rocco Becht. Dimitri and Jaylin are wide receivers and Rocco is a quarterback.

Creating a Winning Culture

Much like a college football coach is who nurturing a culture within his sports organization, a company’s owners and managers must nurture its culture. Culture transforms a company into a team. An organization’s culture sets expectations for how people behave and work together.

Coach Matt Campbell has brought a five-star culture to Cyclone football. We don’t need a roster filled with five-star recruits if we have players who believe in a five-star culture,” John says. “We’re working hard to create a 5-star culture at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. There are similarities in that both ISU and Latham compete against teams with more money, but we overcome the obstacles to win!”

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John Latham taking with John Walters and Coach Campbell during a live broadcast of the Latham Locker Room Report.

Win or lose, you won’t want to miss the Latham Locker Room Report. This post-game radio broadcast includes exclusive interviews with Iowa State coaches and players. It airs on the Cyclone Radio Network.

Celebrating Cyclones Everywhere

Everyone wins at a tailgate, and no tailgate is complete without dessert. Today I’m sharing with you one of my family’s favorite recipes for Scotcharoos, which is about as “Iowa State” as one can get!

Scotcheroos honor two outstanding ISU alumni: George Washington Carver who performed extensive research on peanut products, and Mildred Day who invented Rice Krispie Treats®. FUN FACT: Iowa State honored Day’s memory during its VEISHEA celebration in April 2001 – and set a new world record – by creating a gigantic Rice Krispies Treat that weighed 2,480 pounds.

When you live in rural America, you can’t run uptown for gourmet ingredients. But you can make simple Rice Krispies treats look gourmet by using a heavy-duty cookie cutter to shape them into footballs before you cover them with chocolate.




  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ cups peanut butter
  • 5½ cups Rice Krispies® cereal
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips


  1. Coat 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Mix corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter in a large pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring until peanut butter melts.
  3. As soon as mixture starts to boil, remove from the heat and stir in rice cereal.
  4. Quickly transfer mixture into the prepared pan and pat smooth with plastic spatula.
  5. Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in the microwave; spread over bars.
  6. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.