Schwartz: 10 Sentences – The I’m No Doctor, But … Edition

July 26, 2020

Written by David Schwartz

Hawkeye Nation

Like a good baseball player, we’re going to spray to all fields in this week’s Ten Sentences. There’s so much going on in the Iowa program, the Big Ten, and college sports that it’s hard to keep up. But we’ll try.

 

  1. On Friday the entire Michigan State football team was put into quarantine, and on Saturday another Big Ten team, Rutgers, was too.

 

  1. So … OK, I’m no doctor, but I don’t understand the logic of quarantining when after the period is up the players will once again be around other non-team people; it’s not like college football is the WNBA, NBA and MLS, which locked its players in a makeshift bubble to, ideally, bring the number of cases down to zero.

 

  1. College players have to go to classes with other people and live in dorms with other people, so a bubble is not possible, which is the No. 1 reason why a college football season might not be possible.

 

  1. (Fast forward 10-14 days): “OK Michigan State and Rutgers players, your quarantine is over! Now, uh, go back into the world and … um … I guess don’t breathe around other people for the next four months?”

 

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  1. Rick Brown hit the nail on the head last week with his story about Iowa’s rare opportunity to boast about its strength at wide receiver, a position at which they have had—at best—only sporadic success during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure

 

  1. This year’s lineup of receivers, which includes Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Brandon Smith, Nico Ragaini and others, as well as tight end Sam Laporta and pass-catching running back Tyler Goodson, who caught about two passes a game last season, might be Iowa’s richest since 2010, the year that Marvin McNutt and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, tight end Allen Reisner, and Adam Robinson (who was a lot more like Goodson than I first remembered) gave quarterback Ricky Stanzi a wealth of targets.

 

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  1.  And that’s the terrible and weird thing about college sports: the four-years-of-eligibility rule means that timing is everything, because just when the receiving position appears lined up, the most statistically prolific quarterback of the Ferentz era, Nate Stanley, is gone and quarterback is now an unproven position.

 

  1. Never before has putting off a decision been met with such rave reviews as when the NCAA Board of Governors on Friday chose to not make a decision on fall championships until next month—a decision that holds massive financial implication for nearly all levels of college sports.

 

  1. Just nine days remain until Luka Garza has to make his decision about whether to enter the NBA Draft or return to Iowa for his senior season, a decision that will determine whether his team (former team?) will be ranked top 10 in the preseason or perhaps not at all.

 

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  1. It’s not an easy decision—we wish him peace and success in whichever path he chooses—because on one hand the NBA Draft process is so unsettled this year, while on the other hand who knows if college basketball will even happen this season.

 

* Talk with David Schwartz on Twitter @daveschwartz.

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