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Congrats to Iowa Women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder.
CONGRATS COACH BLUDER.
Bluder Gets Win No. 600 vs #11 Purdue (via hawkeyesportstv)
BLUDER'S BUNCH KNOCKS OFF PURDUE. OMHR arrived with a high ranking and players battling the flu. The Iowa ladies got out to a huge lead early and despite a battle by the Boilers hung on to get Lisa Bluder her 600th win as a head coach. Iowa is now (5-0) against ranked teams on the season and improved to (14-5) overall.
FRAN'S TEAM FOUGHT BACK BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH. Iowa's schedule in the Big Ten has been brutal thus far. Iowa has played Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana, and Michigan State. All ranked teams. While Wisconsin is no longer ranked they did arrive at Iowa just days after defeating Indiana at Indiana. It get's easier but Iowa has to win the games they are favored to win to have a chance at the NCAA Tournament.
PRIOR TO IOWA'S GAME AT OSU. The Cedar Rapids Gazette's Scott Dochterman caught up with Iowa AD Gary Barta. Doc asked Barta about coaching changes within the football offices. Barta declined comment and says Ferentz will have information about coaching changes.
THE NCAA, OH THE NCAA. If you haven't heard, the NCAA has opened an investigation into... wait for it, the NCAA! There's some improper acquisition of evidence and funny stuff going down with the investigation into Miami, Fl. and improper benefits. Any-who, that same outfit declined Iowa's request to wear "Street" on the back of the men's basketball uniforms last Saturday. It's fine to wear neon green or camouflage but don't mess with the names. According to Fran McCaffery,
"If you read the rule itself it's pretty self explanatory. In that case it would have to be an exception granted. And I think the issue was there have been so many exception requests, I think they decided, ‘The rule stands as it is.' And that's pretty much what it was. If you start granting exceptions, then every game somebody wants to do something for some other reason, some other legitimate cause. They just didn't want to do that."
FOOTBALL TICKET PRICES WILL REMAIN THE SAME FOR NEXT YEAR. That's what happens when you finish a season (4-8). Season ticket holders can begin purchasing their 2013 season tickets online or from the Iowa ticket offices. Single game tickets will go on sale this summer.
A DAMNING LOOK AT IOWA FOOTBALL FROM THE OUTSIDE. Our friends at 11 Warriors are asking, "What's eating Iowa football?" We take a trip back to the glory days of 2002 when Kirk Ferentz put his brand of Iowa football on the college football map. From there it's talk of Ferentz's contract and Iowa's recruiting efforts. It's true, it's all true.
IOWA OPENS WITH NORTHERN ILLINOIS AGAIN NEXT SEASON. This time the football game will be played at home in Kinnick Stadium. The Huskies, fresh off an Orange Bowl appearance, are getting love from Sports Illustrated. NIU comes in at #25 in their way too early 2013 Top 25.
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