It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: The Engineers At EA Sports Love Some Hawkeyes

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Team ratings for EA Sports NCAA Football 2014 are here.

IT'S JUNE, SO, VIDEO GAME RATINGS. EA Sports will release the latest version of their football game series NCAA Football 2014 in less than a month. Yesterday, we learned the team ratings on this year's version. The ratings created a little bit of a wave on Twitter as the engineers at EA rated Iowa 88 overall. The Hawks get an 88 for offense and 90 for defense (on a scale of 1-100). The 88 overall puts Iowa even with Wisconsin and Nebraska. It's two points better than Northwestern and well ahead of Minnesota (79).

Let's see how Twitter handled this:

FRIDAY IS IOWA DAY AGAIN ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK. They seriously need to retire the 2007 Michigan State at Iowa game. Don't get me wrong, Albert Young went HAM but zzZZZZzzzz. Here's the schedule:

INCOMING FRESHMAN NATE BAZATA GETS RECOGNIZED. Bazata, future defensive tackle at Iowa, earned the Omaha World-Herald's Nebraska Boy's Athlete of the Year Award. In addition to football, Bazata competed in track and wrestling. He played eight-man football in Nebraska and earned the Nebraska Shrine Bowl defensive MVP honors just last week.

KIRK FERENTZ WILL BE IN WATERLOO TO HONOR WAR VETERANS. At a $5 chili supper, Ferentz will be the guest speaker at an event to honor former Hawkeye Fred Becker and to help raise funds for a permanent sign for Post 138. We mentioned Fred Becker last year when we took a closer look at the 1919-21 Hawkeyes. Becker played at Iowa in 1916 and is the Hawks first All-American in football. After one season he joined the United States' effort in World War I and was killed in action. Post 138 hopes the event and funds will help bring new members, particularly veterans of the Iraq war.

GERRY DINARDO TALKS IOWA VERBAL COMMITS. Via his Twitter account:

LISA BLUDER LOSES AN ASSISTANT. Iowa women's basketball assistant Shannon Gage is leaving Iowa for Oklahoma State. No idea as to why or if it's a bump up or lateral move as the link is not very informative (sorry).

IOWA FOOTBALL LADIE'S ACADEMY RAISED A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. $230,523 dollars to be exact. That brings the total for the annual event to $717,523 in the three years Iowa's hosted the event. Here is a full recap from a guest at the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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