FINALLY, SOME HAWKEYE SPORTS SATURDAY. There's kind of a big deal happening in Iowa City. While not yet sold out, Iowa-Penn State wrestling is a hot ticket. It's a budding rivalry that goes back further than the recent years. Hawkeye coach Tom Brands calls this an opportunity for his team. He talks about it here:
Iowa Wrestling Prepares for Penn State - 12.17.13 (via Iowa Hawkeyes)
LISA BLUDER'S TEAM ALSO GETS BACK TO ACTION SATURDAY. The Hawkeyes will take on Drake in Iowa City. Iowa looks to rebound after last week's loss to Iowa State. If you have yet to get tickets:
did you know that Hy-Vee is giving away 2,000 tickets to our game vs. Drake this Saturday at 4:00?— Lisa Bluder (@LisaBluder) December 17, 2013
You got this, Iowa pic.twitter.com/4IlEYaFWkV— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) December 18, 2013
FOR IOWA IN THE OUTBACK BOWL, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LINEBACKERS. Anthony Hitchens was named the team's MVP during the season end football banquet. Christian Kirksey has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl. James Morris was named first team all-Big Ten by ESPN's Big Ten blog. It's impossible to pick which of Iowa's three seniors is the best. Together, they form the best trio of Iowa linebackers ever. "There's chemistry there" said James Morris. The three made it a goal to be the best linebacker corps in the country. It's my biased opinion that they've become that. They do have one more game and against stiff competition to prove it. This year, instead of playing Zelda, they'll face LSU in the Outback Bowl with the nation's attention on January 1st.
RT @mbenson6: James Morris is only the 3rd FBS player w/95+ tackles, 5+ sacks & 4+ INT in a season since 2002 yet only gets 2nd Team All-B1G— PlannedSickDays (@PlannedSickDays) December 18, 2013
C.J. BEATHARD UPDATE. According to Marc Morehouse, on Monday's On Iowa Podcast. C.J. told the Iowa coaching staff that he has no intention of looking elsewhere. Beathard saw action as Iowa's number two QB in four games this season. He's one snap away from being the man. Also, it will be a plus to Iowa to have two solid quarterbacks pushing each other through spring and fall camp next season.
WE WANT IOWA! Whoa, simmer down Les Miles. He told reporters that Iowa reminds him of Alabama. Surely, Les is speaking of style of play.
KF TALKED OUTBACK BOWL ON HIS RADIO SHOW TUESDAY NIGHT. As usual, not a ton of breaking stuff from Carlos O'Kelly's. Ferentz talked about Iowa's current linebackers and what the Hawks have for next year. He also said they will look to sign 19-21 recruits this February.
IOWA FANS REMEMBER LSU OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR CAM CAMERON. He was the man behind the Antwaan Randel-El curtain several years back at Indiana. Well, he has a new dual-threat quarterback and they're working on, what else, the zone read.
IOWA'S ALREADY WON. Forget the game, Iowa's already won. Ticket sales, that is. It's certainly not over but Iowa fans have bought up close to 12,000 tickets to the Outback Bowl. LSU fans have purchased a little more than half that. By the way, the Outback ticket is a hotter ticket than the Fiesta or Orange Bowl writes Mike Hlas.
FRAN'S TEAM PLAYS SUNDAY. It will be Iowa's last warm-up before tipping off Big Ten play. Iowa will host Arkansas Pine Bluff at 1:00 PM (CT) in Carver Hawkeye on Sunday. It should surely be a blow out so instead of a preview, watch this about Devyn Marble's shoe collection:
Devyn Marble: Iowa basketball's most popular "sneakerhead" (via The Daily Iowan)
TAKE THE POINTS, DUDE.
FINALLY, THERE'S BEEN THIS OTHER THING DOMINATING IOWA NEWS THIS WEEK. We have to talk about it. Former Hawkeye Derrell Johnson-Koulianos went on a Twitter tirade directed at Kirk Ferentz, Chris Doyle and the Iowa Football program. The tweets from DJK started Saturday evening after the airing of ESPN's Youngstown Boys, 30 for 30 special.
DJK says he has a book deal on the table and will "expose" other former players and alleged mistreatment and improper benefits either directly received or observed while his time at Iowa. He's continued his tweets throughout the week and there's been response from former Hawkeyes both in support of Derrell and against. The national media has picked up on the story and Iowa has yet to comment.
Kirk Ferentz isn't new to former player allegations. In 1999, Ryan Loftin was arrested for trying to blackmail him. Loftin sent Ferentz a letter with several threats including "exposing" infractions within the program.
Iowa fans took to Twitter to mock the former Hawkeye with the hashtag #DJKBookChapters (I wonder who thought up that genius meme?). There's also a new meme on Instagram and Twitter called #DJKing. One of DJK's rants included a story of punishment where he was told to wear a trash can on his head. People are now posting images like this:
I'LL ATTEMPT TO LET TWEETS TELL THE STORY.
At least 10 NFL teams said to me "We understand you made a mistake but my concern is no one at Iowa had anything good to say about you."— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Recruits need to consider this about KF before going to Iowa. It's all good when you're converting 3rd downs and touchdowns but don't F up.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Got involved in that bad stuff because I followed 2 leaders on the team who encouraged me to try it. Two guys the coaches chose as "leaders"— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
There's so much shit that hasn't been revealed about what goes on and I experienced. This book gonna open some eyes.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
My issue is I'm a good person and they tried to demonize my character. Being a good person and Coaching is my now my passion.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
The money, the drugs the dictatorship of a program. All of it will be in the book.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Book will be in Iowa and Ohio book stores mid summer 2014.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Let me be clear. This is not about the U of Iowa or the NFL. This about KF demonizing my character. whose son got arrested TWICE.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Two months ago I get an anonymous letter from someone who says KF worked with the ICPD on getting a "bust"— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
KF punished me by making me wear a trash can on my head for an entire practice while recruits parents were at practice...— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Put me in a room anytime anywhere w| KF and let's him deny anything I have to say. Sum1 make it happen. His recruits will hear about it all.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
My real teammates got me. Just wait for it. pic.twitter.com/TtQSmjiHz8— DJK (@coachkoul) December 18, 2013
We all slaves. pic.twitter.com/Iauv3Ed4Ao— DJK (@coachkoul) December 18, 2013
Former Iowa teammates include multiple NFL players, wwe wrestler, an actor, some medical sale reps, teachers and now an author of fiction— Tony Moeaki (@TonyMoeaki81) December 18, 2013
@coachkoul DJK....All ex-players least favorite Hawkeye of all time. Sorry you were a piece! Now go write your fiction book.— Marcus Schnoor (@MarcusSchnoor) December 18, 2013
If anything, maybe that (8-5) 2010 football season makes a little more sense?
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