As you may have heard, Forest Evashevski passed away on Friday night.
I did not hear about this until the local news on Saturday night.
It seems fitting that the Hawks had their huge comeback win today. Because Evy basically brought Iowa football back from the mediocrity or sometimes bad football that followed after the Nile Kinnick era.
It is probably not an exaggeration to say that an argument can be made that Evy's was Iowa's most successful era. They won two Rose Bowls (Iowa's only "BCS" bowl victories), and had many great players who won or contended for national awards. Cal Jones, Alex Karras, Randy Duncan, Kenny Ploen, Jim Gibbons, and Larry Ferguson are some of these players.
While Evy's legacy has its sore spots (conflicts with players, and a less-than-ceremonious ending to his time as Iowa athletic director), it should also be noted that he led Iowa's only national championship football team to the 1960 FWAA Grantland Rice Award, a national title bestowed after bowls were finished.
Evy won two Big Ten championships, and a share of a third. His career record at Iowa was 52-27-4 (a .658 winning percentage). He was also a head coach at Washington State for two years, with a total career record of 63-33-6. If you are wondering, Ferentz has a 79-53 record at Iowa (a .598 winning percentage), with two Big Ten titles. Fry had an Iowa record of 143-89-6 (a .642 winning percentage), with three Big Ten titles.
At Iowa, Evy was 4-4 against Ohio State. He was 4-4-1 against Notre Dame. He was 5-4 against Wisconsin. He was 6-3 against Minnesota. He was 1-4-1 against Michigan, his alma mater.
Many of his players remember him as a tough man who often got his players to perform excellently.
At Michigan, he was moved from center to quarterback, became a three time All-Big Ten player, and was senior class president.
To Forest Evashevski. we Hawkeye fans salute you! Go Hawks and God Bless!
(Most of the info for this article also came from Evy's wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Evashevski )