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Hawkeye Athletics - A History of Greatness (via TheDailyIowan)
THE BIG TEN AND ACC TO ANNOUNCE MATCH-UPS TODAY (1PMish). Hat tip to blog buddy @thebstiles for finding this rumor. Maybe Iowa men's hoops will take on Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge? The Gazette's Scott Dochterman has predicted Iowa will take on Miami (Fl). Virginia Tech would be the better of the two. They recently fired their coach (Seth Greenberg) and have had deflections and lost recruits. Translation: they'll stink and so does Iowa's record in the challenge.
MELSAHN BASABE IS COMING OFF A SOPHOMORE SLUMPISH SEASON. Head basketball coach Fran McCaffery says that Basabe has been "spectacular" this spring. Melsahn struggled this season and missed the presence of Jarryd Cole in the paint. With the arrivial of freshman Adam Woodbury, Basabe should be able to slide back to into his role as a garbage man. McCaffery said of Melsahn,
"So now what he's done is he's taken a leadership role and he's worked harder and he's more serious and he wants to make the NBA. He's on the right track."
MCCAFFERY IS ALSO "POSITIVE" ABOUT ERIC MAY. Iowa's lone senior heading into the 2012-13 basketball season also had a rough 2011-12 season. Back injuries have limited May from being fully effective on the court. From McCaffery,
"He wants to go after a starting position. I'm sure he feels like if he's healthy he can go get it."
More after the jump,
GARY BARTA IS TALKING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF BOWL TEAMS. Barta wants to see the minimum wins increased for bowl eligibility. Barta notes, "The six-win requirement was established when there were 11 games in the regular season." BCS meetings aren't until late next month.
THOMAS NARDO DID GET A ROOKIE CAMP INVITE. Add another to the list of Hawkeye football departed seniors that were either drafted, signed a free agent contract, or are getting a tryout. Nardo is trying to earn a spot with the Arizona Cardinals. Nardo isn't new to trying out, he joined Iowa as a walk-on.
MIKE DANIELS IS BEING CAUTIOUS WITH HIS PREVIOUSLY INJURED SHOULDER. Daniels didn't work out at the NFL Combine but did perform in front of scouts at Iowa's Pro Day. He had labrum surgery after the Hawkeye season and has been careful getting back to full strength since. He currently isn't participating in rookie camp and will have his shoulder evaluated to determine if he can participate in Packers upcoming activities.
WONDERING WHY THE EAGLES DRAFTED MARVIN MCNUTT? Perhaps their defensive coordinator helped a little. Juan Castillo, Hawkeye senior defensive back Greg Castillo's dad, has seen McNutt in action a time or two. Juan Castillo spent a lot of time on Iowa's campus this spring.
ESPN'S BIG TEN BLOG IS WRAPPING UP SPRING FOOTBALL (AGAIN). I'm pretty sure they've already done this but there's really nothing else to write about. In this link Adam Rittenberg writes about key losses, key changes and asks questions about the team that need answers by fall.
- NBA legend Don Nelson's 50-year quest for Iowa diploma ends Saturday
- Video: Big Ten players to watch
- Delany didn't target Bama with remark
- Attendance up at men's basketball games
- What we learned in the Big Ten this spring
- Big Ten: Best of the spring
- Philadelphia Eagles: wide receiver outlook
- Iowa baseball beats MSU Saturday, but loses Sunday
- Hawkeye Rowing Place 7th at Big Ten Championships
- Iowa softball takes two of three against Minnesota
- Erik Sowinski broke the 800-meters school and facility records
- Iowa Softball Finishes as Big Ten Runner-up
- Juan Castillo's Iowa connection led to swiping sixth-rounder McNutt (With Video)
- Wisconsin wins the Big Ten Track and Field Championships