IF YOU'VE SEEN THE NEWS. The state of Oklahoma has been ravished by EF3 to EF5 tornadoes over the last two weeks. Towns like Shawnee, Moore and Oklahoma City have been hit the worst. If you're like me, you've been glued to chasertv.com and KFOR. The destruction has been devastating.
The Hawkeye Athletic Department and Football staff has seen the destruction. Yesterday, the semi trucks typically used to carry the football team's equipment served a different role. They carried food and goods to Norman, home of Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners. Kirk Ferentz reached out to former Hawkeye Stoops, who watched the EF5 tornado that hit Moore from his backyard. Stoops said,
"On behalf of myself, Carol and everyone at the University of Oklahoma, we really appreciate the generosity of the people of the state of Iowa. It's really incredible that the people of Iowa brought truckloads of food here to the Food Bank."
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PHIL STEELE RELEASES HIS PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS. One Hawkeye makes Steele's first team: Jordan Cotton at kick returner. C.J. Fiedorowcz, James Morris and Carl Davis are named to the second team. Brandon Scherff, Mike Meyer, Anthony Hitchens, Mark Weisman, Austin Blythe and Christian Kirksey make the third and fourth team. Carl Davis is probably the biggest surprise.
MORE BIG TEN EXPANSION. Sorta. John Hopkins Lacrosse will join the Big Ten as an affiliate member in 2014-15. Both Maryland and Rutgers have lacrosse and John Hopkins will make six Big Ten teams. Don't expect Iowa to add lacrosse or any sport in the immediate future.
ROSS TALKED ABOUT THE 2015 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE YESTERDAY. How about this? After that home slate of Illinois State, North Texas, Illinois, oh my god I can't finish it, Iowa heads to the Pinstripe Bowl? That's possible as the Big Ten inked an eight year deal with the bowl game in New York City. It's great for the alumni that live on the East Coast but I'd be surprised if Iowa fans leave cold December Iowa for cold December New York. The Big Ten will have more power over bowl selection going forward. Jim Delaney says he hopes to place at least five different Big Ten teams in New York over six years of the contract.
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