You’ll notice the dateline above reads Chicago. You’ll also make a note that Big Ten media days are in the Windy City.
This is purely coincidence since I live in Chicago; there’s no way SBN would credential me for such purposes. I just wanted to feel cool.
A lot has happened recently in Hawkeye land. We’ve had players named to watch list after watch list, some attrition, coaching barbecues and *checks notes*
TWO DEEPS JUST CAME OUT Y’ALL LET’S GET HYPED OVER A DEPTH CHART IN JULY.
Mainline it into your veins folks:
Some quick things I and the BHGP staff thought of interest:
- It looks like we’re still waiting on the Paulsen Project to fully develop.
- Brandon Snyder reclaiming his starting role is mildly interesting.
- WELCOME TO THE BIG SHOW, COLE BANWART.
- Kyle Groeneweg is here to stay?
- It looks like Brady Reiff may not be seeing harsh punishment for a recent arrest (more on that shortly).
- At 270 lbs, Levi Duwa as backup center is … interesting.
- The emergence of Djimon Colbert, a former defensive back, as a linebacker. Phil Parker has talked about sliding a DB into an OLB role lately over the past year, and it looks like that experiment is coming to fruition.
And that’s kind of it! We look forward to your observations in the comments.
So back to that Brady Reiff arrest …
Iowa DT Brady Reiff arrested after drunkenly mistaking police car for Uber: https://t.co/MMjXQ2LKaq— On Iowa (@GazetteOnIowa) July 23, 2018
Yes, you read that correctly. Reiff was issued a public intoxication citation for THINKING A POLICE CRUISER WAS HIS UBER.
HE THOUGHT A UI POLICE CAR WAS HIS CAB HOME.
Reminder, this is Brady Reiff, the brother of Riley, who also did some Dumb College Shit While Drunk.
Anyway, we all went to Iowa, presumedly, and we’ve all had nights like this. Reiff earned himself a suspension in the season-opener against NIU, but it doesn’t look like his playing time will suffer further.
The comments on Deadspin’s coverage of the incident are gold.
A lot of players have left the program. Brace yourselves.
OL Spencer Williams, LB Kyle Taylor and RB Toks Akinribade have ended their careers and are on medicals. LB Nate Wieland, RB Camron Harrell, CB Manny Rugamba, CB Cedric Boswell, DE Romeo McKnight have departed the program.— Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse) July 23, 2018
“We’ve got a little room right now,” Ferentz said. “Like every year, we have a couple of guys we think are in prime position to earn those scholarships. We’ll see how the camp pans out, but we have a couple of guys who are in prime position. What we don’t use, we’ll carry over to recruiting.”
Chad goes on to say he likes Keith Duncan as a pick to take a scholarship, and I agree with him.
By our count there’s now five open scholly’s on the roster. How they’ll get used is anyone’s guess, but this is an interesting wrinkle right now at the Iowa football complex.
Scholarship guys in Iowa’s ‘17 media guide w/‘18 eligibility no longer on team:— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) July 24, 2018
That is a lot of attrition ... but also, is it?
THERE BE WATCH LISTS:
I’m having a tough time keeping track of all them, but here they are. I think.
There will be more.
Here’s some more odds and ends from media day (so far) and beyond:
Gary Barta says when Iowa decides the time is right for alcohol sales to the general public at Kinnick the decision will be motivated by the fan experience and not revenue. Yes, when not if. It's a ways off but he spoke of it as an eventuality.— Todd Brommelkamp (@ToddBrommelkamp) July 24, 2018
Nebraska-Michigan is slated for FS1, per Mark Silverman. Iowa-Wisconsin has a chance to end up on Fox.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) July 24, 2018
But will it be a night game?
A nice piece from Doc on the Iowa-Nebraska rivalry. If you haven’t already, get yourself a subscription to the Athletic.
The NYDN is being gutted by Tronc. As someone who’s suffered a job less due to Tronc-related reasons, I can safely say that’s a huge bummer for not just journalists, but readers.
We’re doing our position previews! Be sure to catch up on those here.
ALSO, some of us did a draft of Iowa players. It’s pretty good.
Go forth, and go Hawks.