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Hawkeye History Podcast: Jess Settles Shares Stories

May 5, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

Jess Settles’ name is synonymous with extensive college eligibility. It jokingly leads to his six years at Iowa being exaggerated into decades or more.

The Winfield (IA) native’s injury-plagued career likely wouldn’t generate as much talk these days, when college athletes gaining extra years of eligibility is more common. And Settles, interestingly enough, doesn’t favor the trend.

We caught up with the part-time college basketball commentator and full-time farmer about that, why his back injury impacted him so much, the late Chris Street hosting him on his Iowa recruiting visit and the impressionable moment at the funeral, his relationship with Dr. Tom Davis, his favorite Hawkeye memories, his current careers and much more.

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