There’s not that much going on in the world of Iowa sports. Let’s lead with the bad news!
The portal giveth, the portal taketh
It doesn’t look like Iowa basketball is filling any long-term roster roles via the NCAA transfer portal at this time.
Coach Stackhouse and the coaching staff at Vanderbilt have something brewing over in Tennessee! Can’t wait to be apart of it... blessed and excited to say that I’ve committed to Vanderbilt University pic.twitter.com/pl6Kni9Uqd— DJ Harvey (@TheRealDJHarvey) May 7, 2019
DJ Harvey, a guard from Notre Dame who many thought Iowa had a chance of landing is willing to try out the Jerry Stackhouse experiment, I guess. Nashville is nice until you realize you’re in the same city as Jay Cutler.
And then the Hauser brothers, who many thought Iowa had a good shot at getting after they left Marquette seem to have taken the Hawkeyes out of the running. It’s down to Virginia, Michigan State and Wisconsin for Sam and Joey. (HINT: they’re going to go to Wisconsin).
We didn’t want them anyway!
In semi-related news, Tyler Cook and Peter Jok were invited to the NBA’s G-league Elite Camp. There’s some Iowa State guys on that list too.
While we’re still on basketball, I’d like to observe it’s a little odd we haven’t heard anything in regards to filling Andrew Francis’ vacancy on staff. He left the program three weeks ago, and I’m sure Fran had some heads-up with the move.
And still on hoops: Iowa is one of three schools (Iowa State and Minnesota) recruiting star Minneapolis point guard (and quarterback) Jalen Suggs to play both sports. ($) I like that!
Last week, we brought you the news that Iowa is hiring Jay Niemann to replace Reese Morgan on staff. Some liked the move, others didn’t. The biggest knock on Niemann I could surmise from the comments were a combination of his lack of Iowa recruiting bona fides, and the fact he isn’t the coach from Dowling Catholic.
Well, Niemann is going to have a big responsibility for in-state recruiting by the looks of it. And personally, I think he’s going to crush it:
“He’s very comfortable with that,” Ferentz said. “Having grown up here and having played high school football here, he’s coached in the state so much, I think there’s a real comfort level there. He understands the state of Iowa and the importance of it within our program.
- Here’s a nice read on the Paulsen twins.
- Iowa football is one of 16 programs NOT playing an FCS team next season. Of those 16, 11 are Big Ten schools:
P5 schools NOT playing an FCS Opponent in 2019— Kyle Umlang (@kyleumlang) May 6, 2019
Wisconsin#CollegeFootballFunFactoftheDay #FCS #B1G #PAC12 #BIG12 #CFB #ESPN #P5 #ThisIsTexas #HookEm
- Scott Dochterman projects Iowa’s depth chart along the defense, offense, and special teams. I already forgot we snagged a grad transfer punter. ($)
- Gotta say, I’m all for the mental health awareness that Iowa athletes are talking about lately:
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Serious post: Mental health. Life can be hard sometimes. The world can be cruel and full of hatred. I know there’s a lot of people out there struggling that are afraid to ask for help. I want to speak out for You and offer support for what You are going through. It is incredibly important to realize that it is okay to be not okay. Living in Your own thoughts can be damaging, especially if You are afraid to ask for help. I want You to know, YOU are not alone. It is okay to talk to someone about what you are experiencing. Do not be afraid!! Go to a love one, talk to a psychologist, or simply pause and take time for yourself. It might surprise people, but I went through it myself and I am forever grateful I had people there for me. Do not be scared. I promise You, things will get better. Allow yourself to strengthen your mind. It may seem all happiness and perfection from a far, but everyone is going through something in this life. We need to all strive to be an altruistic person. You never know how someone is truly doing. By just being there for them or being kind to each other can go further than You could understand. Check in on a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, be polite to that janitor in the hallway, and most importantly - Love Yourself. As Kathryn Stockett said in The Help, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” God made You for a purpose. Never forget that. #mentalhealthawarenessmonth
- Barry Petchesky is the best hockey writer on the internet.
- Could the controversial Kentucky Derby finish lead to a federal lawsuit?
- A guy who helped bring you Netflix wants to innovate your life another way: by bringing you water in a can.
- The chef behind my favorite restaurant in the world won a James Beard award this week. Young Joni is worth the trip to Minneapolis by itself.
- If you’re in the area on May 29, you’d be wise to take advantage of this opportunity:
Super excited to have Wright Thompson, Senior Writer for ESPN visit @BigGroveBrewery on May 29 as part of his book tour. Widely regarded as the preeminent sportswriter of this generation, he’s a fantastic storyteller and has an amazing ability to humanize sports. pic.twitter.com/u5PX4sDhFT— Nate Kaeding (@Kaeding_Nate) May 3, 2019