Friday Mashup

April 15, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

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Reminder: The Iowa football open practice begins at noon on Saturday and will last approximately two hours….dress warm…

It was fun and sometimes breathtaking watching running back Marcus Coker tote the rock last year, especially when he busted off the long run for a touchdown in the Insight Bowl. That being said, you could see areas of his game that needed a lot of improvement, especially the upright fashion in which he ran with the ball.

Running backs that run upright have bad things happen to them. They get hurt, they fumble and ultimately, they wind up sitting on the bench.

So it’s good to read that Coker is addressing those issues this spring as you can read in this link. This, from the item:

“I’m doing it the right way if I’m not running as straight-up as I did last year. It’s something I’ve been working on a lot,” Coker said. “I kind of learned on the job last season. Everything was a whirlwind for me.”.

If you attend the scrimmage on Saturday, don’t expect to see much of Coker getting hit…at least that’s how it’s been for Iowa running backs in recent years.

Talking about this gives me the opportunity to embed one of the worst (best) youtube tribute videos I have ever seen, the now infamous ‘Coker Pace’. If you have seen it before, dive in again. If you haven’t, get ready for something….well, something:

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There has been some big reaction to Iowa City’s possible restriction of game day vendors along Melrose avenue across from Kinnick Stadium.

This is on the heels of last year’s ‘alcohol curtailment’ as some have put the restrictions of open containers and the length of time alcohol is permitted to be consumed on University property after games. Some people are upset saying these restrictions and actions take away from the fun atmosphere outside the stadium.

Believe it or not, at the age of 40, I have just one experience tailgating at Kinnick and that was back in the mid 1990’s for a home game against Penn State, the one where bottles and pig parts were thrown onto the field in front of the student section. I was too young to take in the party during the 80’s, then lived outside of Iowa for much of the 1990’s and for the past 11 years of my life, football Saturday’s have been work days.

So I am certainly not one to offer any insight or commentary on this sort of matter, other than to say I would hate to see too many traditions and too much of the atmosphere that exists outside of the stadium, change.

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Even though I am not hanging out or tossing back a few adult beverages on gamedays, nor have I ever bought a Big Ass Turkey Leg, the vibe I experienced walking into the stadium last fall is still something special and something I treasure. The sights as well as the sounds can be inspiring and intoxicating. It’s a special place to be on Saturday afternoons in the fall and I don’t want to see that change….

Iowa basketball recruiting target Gabe Olaseni is visiting Oklahoma this weekend

Marc Morehouse cites the Five Things to Watch During the Spring Scrimmage

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Morehose offers up his Spring Game edition of his ‘The Pylons’ series

Scott Dochterman tries to guess the Iowa basketball team’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge Opponent in this item, and also points out that Iowa will not leave the state to play a basketball game next year until Big Ten play begins. Iowa will have 20 home games next season….

Adrian Clayborn was at the ESPN headquarters today in Bristol, CT. He appeared on ESPN’s first take…

Iowa Offensive Coordinator Ken O’Keefe talks about the ‘impressive spring’ being had by quarterback James Vandenberg.

The Iowa baseball team’s game against Indiana for today (Friday) has been postponed, so they’ll play a double header on Saturday. First pitch is 1pm, meaning that fans attending the football scrimmage can saunter over to Duane Banks Field after the pigskin is put away and take in some baseball.

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