Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
As we first reported on Tuesday, Iowa State University's athletic department disclosed that it committed a number of NCAA violations related to phone calls and text messages sent to potential recruits. You can read all about it here.
Here's what I find absolutely amazing--in a news release the athletic department said it investigated 2,500 phone bills covering 750,000 phone calls from 2008 through 2011. They figured out where the violations occurred, who was involved, and self-imposed sanctions 18 MONTHS AGO...and no one in the public knew anything about it.
Think about the logistics of keeping something like that on the down-low. Coaches and assistant coaches in 18 sports, scores of administrators, all the trainers and assistants connected to the athletic department--and, for a year and a half, no one said a word. Remember, this time span includes two cocahes (Gene Chizik and Greg McDermott) who are no longer with the school.
I get it that no one in the department is outwardly motivated to spill the beans on their own missteps, but there wasn't someone, anyone, who wanted curry favor with a reporter by giving up something?
No kidding, that is an amazing bit of message control. Thing of beauty, Mr. Pollard. Thing of beauty.