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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: Ferentz Talks Spring Football; Hoops Heading to New York

Wednesday was a busy day for Hawkeye news. Let's take a look at the biggest stories.

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SPRING FOOTBALL IS HERE. Head football coach Kirk Ferentz talked to the media yesterday, kicking off Iowa's spring practices. You can read Iowa's Spring Prospectus here. Also, here's a transcript of Ferentz's press conference and if you like, video. I'll summarize bullet style:

  • The new operations facility construction will begin soon
  • Every position is open right now
  • Walk-on linebacker Macon Plewa moved to fullback
  • Greg Mabin moved from wide receiver to safety
  • Nate Meier is going to try defensive end
  • Walk-on Steve Ferentz moved from tight end to center
  • Nolan MacMillan and Louis Trinca-Pasat are out of spring ball due to injury
  • Michael Malloy injured an ankle and will miss some spring practice
  • Barkley Hill and Ruben Lile are still taking it slow working back from torn ACLs
  • Kirk "envisions" Iowa using a fullback despite the roster designating a "Y" back instead
  • Kirk mentioned getting Weisman and Bullock on the field at the same time
  • Brandon Scherff is 100%, Andrew Donnal is almost there
  • All three quarterbacks will get an equal shot to win the job
  • Open Practice in Des Moines is still not finalized
  • Ferentz called the O-Line a veteran group
  • The goal is never to go (4-8)
  • LeVar Woods and GA Kelvin Bell will work with Chris White with special teams
  • Ferentz hasn't decided if Phil Parker will remain upstairs or coach from the sideline
THIS IS NEW TO ME. I apologize if it's old news. I was reading through Iowa's prospectus and it appears Iowa filled it's forth grad assistant spot with Austin Showalter. He'd worked on the staff previously as an assistant on the offensive side of the ball. He'll remain there as a GA.

THE HAWKEYES HELD THEIR FIRST PRACTICE. Hawkeye Sports has a photo gallery. Photo #7 is a familiar formation. Hey, there's Mark Weisman at fullback, in the I-formation.


New York City, Here We Come! (via Iowa Hawkeyes)

NEW YORK IS NEXT. Iowa snapped Virginia's 19-game home court win streak last night on their way to a 75-64 victory in the NIT. Iowa has outscored all three of their NIT opponents by double digits and have an average margin of victory of 13 points. Dev Marble's play has certainly been a huge part of Iowa's success. He added 24 points last night and is averaging 25.3 points per game in the NIT. Marble and the rest of the Hawkeyes talked to Scott Dochterman following last night's win.

BRING ON MARYLAND. Iowa will face a future Big Ten foe in the NIT semifinals next Tuesday night. ESPN2 will carry the game; tipoff is set for 8:00 PM CDT. One thing is certain, there's sure to be ONIONS: