It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these, so I thought I’d try and round up everything we haven’t been able to get to in a formal post here at The Pants.
I’ll start with what I think is the most interesting Hawkeye nugget, though it’s mostly extrapolation:
Bunch of Iowa coaches, including offensive coordinator (and ex-Patriot assistant) Brian Ferentz, out at New England’s minicamp today.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 5, 2018
I haven’t seen anything formal written about Iowa’s visit to the east coast, but I am JUICED over the fact we have the coaching staff taking pointers from Billy B. right now.
Why are the coaches there? I don’t know! But speculation tells me Brian is trying to learn how to call plays better from his former boss, and is trying to figure out to get Noah Fant to haul in 20 touchdowns this season.
Related to the Ferentz-Belichick connection, Chad Leistikow has a story on how Belichick hand-picked Ferentz to be his offensive line coach for the Browns back in 1992.
Also, the football team will be rocking custom helmets next year to help with increased comfort and protection. Fifteen players wore the helmets last year, but just about every player will get one this year.
Breaking news! We have a development on some basketball scheduling!
Syracuse will play UConn and Iowa will face Oregon in the first round of the 2018 2K Sports Classic at MSG, per a source. Winners and losers play the next day.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 8, 2018
Iowa doesn’t have the best track record at these preseason tournaments but playing Oregon will be neat!
A quick break here to talk about the Hawkeyes in Eugene and ... it’s nice to see things are going well!
Laulauga Tausaga is a first team All-American in the shot put! Tausaga placed 4th overall in the shot put with a school-record setting mark of 56-feet 10.75-inches! Tausaga is Iowa's first All-American in the shot put. #WeAreOne pic.twitter.com/P94yeoglOz— Iowa T&F/XC (@IowaXC_TF) June 8, 2018
Our boy Jordan previewed the T&F for y’all earlier this week, we’ll have a comprehensive recap after the weekend wraps up.
In wrestling news, we have Michael Kemerer moving up from 157 to 174. That’s a pretty significant bulking!
The move isn’t set in stone, but Brands is putting a lot smoke around the development it appears.
A whole mess of Iowa baseball players were drafted over the past couple days. Check out all our coverage of that here.
The Big 12 reported revenues of $36 million per school for the past fiscal year. The Big Ten scoffs at that figure.
Big Ten distributions for FY 2018 likely to be more than $50 million for each of the schools getting full shares. https://t.co/mFYMcGUbpE— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) June 1, 2018
Not sure if any of you are following this messy Baltimore high school football drama, but it’s kind of interesting.
The man at the center of the feud is a coach and hedge fund manager named Biff Poggi. If that sounds familiar, it’s because he had a son at Iowa get a nasty case of Rhabdomyolysis when that afflicted the team. (He also had a son play at Michigan recently).
Biff was the parent who called his own press conference to address what was going on.
The whole ordeal is very interesting, and worth reading up on over at Deadspin.
Very important news from Toppling Goliath:
King Sue in the 16oz 4-pack can format for the first time ever! King Sue will be shipping out to distributors the last week of June 2018. King Sue currently has a rating of 100 on ratebeer, is ranked #27 of top beers on Beer Advocate and has a 4.5 on Untappd. All hail the King! pic.twitter.com/72ltihLE90— Toppling Goliath (@TGBrews) June 7, 2018
And congrats to the Washington Capitals on winning the Stanley Cup.
TJ Oshie talking about his dad wrecked me pic.twitter.com/2A2hjmx8TE— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 8, 2018
Go forth, and Go Hawks.