Hawkeye Football Mashup

March 31, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

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A little of this, a little of that all mashed up into one item full of Hawkeye football goodness…

NO ILLINI: Well, the Big Ten made an error in communication last week when it told Scott Dochterman of The Gazette that Illinois would be back on Iowa’s football schedule in 2013…that’s not going to happen now until 2015, which will mean the teams will not have played for six years. According to this linked item from Dochterman, it will be the longest break in the series since the 15 gap that began in the early 1950’s and that was due to some rowdiness/violence in the stands.

I guess I’ll toss this question out there; will Ron Zook be Illinois’ coach the next time these two programs play one another? For that matter, will Kirk Ferentz be Iowa’s coach? Four years is a long time, especially for someone entering his 13th year at the same job as Ferentz is right now. Four years from now will be 17 years at Iowa (I am quick!), putting him just three years shy of Hayden Fry’s school record of 20 years on the job. Ferentz’s son James will have been two years gone from the program…I sure as heck hope he’s Iowa’s head coach in four years, and if I had to wager one way or the other, I’d wager on him being in Iowa City.

As for Zook being in Champaign in four years? I think I’d bet against that one…

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2015 SLATE: Iowa WILL play Ohio State in 2015, in addition to Wisconsin and Purdue. You may recall that the Boilermakers are Iowa’s ‘protected rival’ in the new Big Ten…thank goodness, right? Or…not. In addition to those three teams, Iowa will play it’s usual lineup of divisional foes: Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Nebraska and Minnesota. If the ‘every other year home and away’ thing works out from here on out, Iowa’s home games against it’s divisional teams in odd numbered years will be Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern with Nebraska and Minnesota on the road in addition to their game against Purdue being on the road. One of Ohio State or Wisconsin will be a home game and the other will be a road game. The Big Ten hopes to have these future schedules out in a week or so.

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IC WEST JUCO CB WALKING ON: Gavin Smith from Iowa City West has spent the past two seasons at Iowa Central Community College, but he’ll return home this fall as a walk on member of the Iowa football program. He’s 5-10, 175 and according to his Juco coach in the item linked above, he had a great career at ICCC. Coach Twait said Smith has 4.40 forty speed and “is an explosive athlete.” He played several positions in the secondary and typically shadowed the opponents top receiver. The article says Smith had several scholarship offers from FCS schools. Here is a highlight video of Gavin that you can check out for yourself…Smith is #28 and the first clip is of him returning a kick.

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