IT'S SUMMER AND THAT MEANS GRILLING SEASON. Kirk Ferentz and his coaching staff will break out the grill and ice cold sweet tea hoping to land some recruits this weekend. The list is ever-changing. Already announced not coming from this list is Raymond Wingo and Dewayne Hendrix. Iowa really needs a rush DE and Hendrix goes a long way filling that need. Minnesota verbal commit Jeff Jones, a Rivals four-star running back, is reportedly making the trip to Iowa City. Also, there's a recruit named Craig James that could make the trip too (remember the five). Iowa currently has six verbal commits for the class of 2014. Expect the Hawks to sign the usual 18-22 in February.
IT'S ALSO TIME TO READ TOO MUCH INTO SUMMER REC LEAGUE BASKETBALL STATS. The Hawkeye men and women's basketball teams got started this week in the Prime Time and Game Time basketball leagues. If you care about actual game recaps they are here.
We do know that Mike Gesell is back to full strength after a stress-reaction in his foot disrupted the end of his first season on campus. Gesell dropped in 28 points last night in the defense-optional league.
Also, the newest Hawkeye, Peter Jok, put on a show last night too. Jok, from Valley High School in West Des Moines, dropped 35 points in his PTL debut. Jok hit on 5 of 9 from three point range.
PTL Video #2 6/20/2013 HawkeyeDrive.com (via Brendan Stiles)
IF YOU LIVE IN OR AROUND WEST DES MOINES. You can stop by and celebrate the life of former Hawkeye legendary play-by-play man Jim Zabel. The public is invited to a visitation between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm (CDT). The service will be held at the Lutheran Church of Hope.
GONE BABY GONE. Point guard Kathy Thomas will leave the Iowa women's basketball team. Thomas averaged six minutes a game as a sophomore.
BRENT METCALF FOR USA! USA! USA! The U.S. World Wrestling Team Trials start today in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The World Championships are in Budapest, Hungary, in September. Metcalf repped the Red, White and Blue in 2010 but was beaten in both 2011 and 2012. Metcalf said, "I haven't had what I wanted the last two years and I'm ready to have it again."
APPARENTLY, ONLY THE CRAZIEST OF IOWA FANS READ ESPN'S BIG TEN BLOG. ESPN asked fans which teams they'd like to see Iowa play in the non-conference schedule. Hawkeye fans replied with Georgia, LSU, Florida State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida and Arizona again. None of these will happen, as long as Gary Barta is employed as Athletic Director. Interestingly, noted from a reader to ESPN, the last time Iowa played either the ACC or SEC in a non-con game was N.C. State in 1992. That was the then annual Kickoff Classic that didn't count against your regular schedule and was an "extra" game. Iowa played in the Kickoff Classic more than once and didn't do well.
THE GAZETTE IS TAKING IN SOME MINNESOTA VIKINGS TRAINING CAMP. Scott Dochterman, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, is Eden Prairie, Minnesota, taking in some Minnesota Vikings football practice. Doc caught up with former Hawkeye Chad Greenway who is still recovering from knee surgery. Christian Ballard is healthy and working hard along the Viking defensive line. Ballard may move back out to defensive end for the Vikes. He's currently 2nd-team defensive tackle. Doc brought along photographer Brian Ray who snapped several pics of the former Hawkeyes in action, including James Vandenberg.
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