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Friday, January 30, 2009

01.30.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawkeyes little match for No. 9 Michigan State
01.30.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

A Green Blur: Speedy Spartans leave Hawkeyes in dust
01.30.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Spartans sink Hawkeyes
01.30.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Students turn out, at least for one night
01.30.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Iowa Game Recap
01.30.09 - Basketball - Blog: Spartans Weblog

Highly touted lineman picks Hawks
01.30.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Hawkeyes land offensive tackle
01.30.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Kinnick might switch to turf
01.30.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz contract update
01.30.09 - Football - Blog: On Iowa

Win streak stalls in loss to Spartans
01.30.09 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Thursday, January 29, 2009

01.29.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Shared-scoring league leaders host Spartans
01.29.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Hawkeye fights the pain
01.29.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawks lack strength
01.29.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Hawks drum up fans at sororities
01.29.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Iowa game preview
01.29.09 - Basketball - Blog: Spartans Weblog

Iowa trip a tough one in recent years for Spartans
01.29.09 - Basketball - Lansing State Journal

Hawkeyes hold on without Hamlin
01.29.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

01.28.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Tate not likely to play against Michigan State
01.28.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Bum ankle rules Tate out against Spartans
01.28.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Tate unlikely to play this week
01.28.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Tate to miss Michigan State game
01.28.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

So, about those empty seats...
01.28.09 - Basketball - Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants

Podolak to seek treatment; might be back in booth
01.28.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Another 'Nile Kinnick' at Iowa?
01.28.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Is the final number 18?
01.28.09 - Football - Blog: On Iowa

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

01.27.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Tate could play this week
01.27.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Iowa WR recruit has come a long way
01.27.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Valley's Boffeli switches from ISU to Iowa
01.27.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Alexander shoots deep, too
01.27.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawks buck Wolverines
01.27.09 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Hawkeyes beat Michigan in Iowa City
01.27.09 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Monday, January 26, 2009

01.26.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Fuller shows promise
01.26.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Clinton star accepts offer from Hawks
01.26.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Clinton's Murphy commits to Iowa
01.26.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Hawks bolster 2009 recruiting class
01.26.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Merton Hanks: Super Bowl's super merchandiser is Hawkeye
01.26.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Hawks trip Illini
01.26.09 - Wrestling - Hawk Central

Hawkeye tough guys
01.26.09 - Wrestling - Cedar Rapids Gazette

College Wrestling: UNI falls, Iowa wins
01.26.09 - Wrestling - Des Moines Register

Iowa wants fans, victory tonight
01.26.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

$1 goes a long way tonight at Carver
01.26.09 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Friday, January 23, 2009

01.23.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Showing fan support
01.23.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Iowa's Tate likely out against Penn State
01.23.09 - Basketball - Chicago Tribune

Iowa's RPI takes a huge hit - thanks to New Jersey Tech
01.23.09 - Basketball - Blog: The Hlog

Poor grades end season for Tucker
01.23.09 - Basketball - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Hawkeyes glad to be winning, but...
01.23.09 - Wrestling - Hawk Central

Exceeding expectations
01.23.09 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Thursday, January 22, 2009

01.22.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawks put end to skid
01.22.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa men beat Wisconsin in overtime
01.22.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Badger beaters
01.22.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Hawkeyes knock off Wisconsin
01.22.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Iowa beats Wisconsin, 73-69
01.22.09 - Basketball - Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants

Iowa freshman Tucker academically inelgible
01.22.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa freshman Tucker ineligible
01.22.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Tucker needs to talk to Shonn Greene
01.22.09 - Basketball - DM Register: Hawkeye Insider

Recruiting demographics...a numbers game
01.22.09 - Football - Blog: On Iowa

Wait for it...Hawkeye breaks through
01.22.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gazette hosting Live Blog for tonight's game

Cedar Rapids Gazette sportswriters Scott Dochterman and Marc Morehouse will be blogging live from tonight's Iowa-Wisconsin basketball game. Tip-off is set for 7:35 PM, and the game can be seen on Big Ten Network. For those into such things, the live blog will start around 7:15 tonight and can be accessed here.

01.21.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawkeyes insist wins will come
01.21.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Turnovers killing Iowa during 3-game slide
01.21.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Coach: Hawks need to toughen up
01.21.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

One of the worst Iowa Basketball droughts in 60 years
01.21.09 - Basketball - Blog: The Hlog

Tate doubtful for this week
01.21.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

New statistical categories multiplying
01.21.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Scouting Iowa-Wisconsin
01.21.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Iowa football travel tops $500,000 mark
01.21.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

01.20.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Learning curve
01.20.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wisconsin hopes to end losing streak against Iowa
01.20.09 - Basketball - The Badger Herald

Greene officially eligible for draft
01.20.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Monday's Senior Bowl Practice Notes - Mitch King
01.20.09 - Football - Houston Chronicle

Success has familiar ring for Hawkeye women's basketball
01.20.09 - W Basketball - Daily Iowan

Monday, January 19, 2009

Chris Street (Feb 2, 1972 - Jan 19, 1993)

Chris Street passed away on this day 16 years ago at the age of 20. Street was a junior on the Iowa basketball team, and one of the most popular Hawkeyes ever. Street’s car was struck by a snowplow while he was leaving the Highlander Inn after a team meal. Iowa postponed their game against Northwestern scheduled for the next day.

Iowa won their first two games after Street’s death, January 28th at Michigan State 96-90 (OT), and January 31st at home against Michigan, 88-80. Hawkeye guard Val Barnes scored 27 points in that win over 5th-ranked Michigan which started after a moment of silence in honor of the late Street. Street’s parents sat in the front row across from the Iowa bench and were handed the game ball after Iowa’s win. The Hawkeyes would finish that season 23-9 and tied for 3rd in the Big Ten.

Street played in 28 games as a freshman and averaged 5 points per game. He was voted honorable mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore after he averaged 10.6 points per game and finished 3rd in the Big Ten in rebounding. Through the first 15 games of the 1992-93 season, Street averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. His final game as a Hawkeye was a 65-56 loss to Duke. In that game, Street scored 14 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. He also made his 33rd and 34th consecutive free throws, setting a school record that still stands to this day.

"I cannot begin to describe the deep feelings of Chris Street's teammates and coaches. We all loved him and we will miss him very much. We hope his family will remain part of our family. He was open, caring, honest, loving and lived life to the fullest. We want to remember everything Chris represented. He was one of the greatest Hawkeyes of all time."

- Dr. Tom Davis, Jan. 20, 1993

"Chris had a great future and was one of the real outstanding kids and players in the Big Ten. What could be more tragic than to have something like this happen? He played hard every minute of the game and because of that he was one of my favorite players in the Big Ten."

- Former Indiana Basketball Coach, Bobby Knight

Street's death still hurts, 15 years later - CR Gazette, Jan 16, 2008

Chris M. Street - Indianola High School

01.19.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawkeyes fade in loss at Purdue
01.19.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes unable to challenge Purdue
01.19.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

A struggle to the finish
01.19.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Hawks lose third straight
01.19.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

No. 1 Iowa wrestlers finally have Cowboys' number
01.19.09 - Wrestling - Des Moines Register

After long wait, Iowa beats OSU
01.19.09 - Wrestling - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes end streak against Cowboys
01.19.09 - Wrestling - Hawk Central

Alexander leads Hawks in rout
01.19.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Kachine Alexander leads Iowa to victory
01.19.09 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Alexander triples her fun at Carver
01.19.09 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Friday, January 16, 2009

01.16.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Barta, Ferentz talk about giving coach a contract extension
01.16.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Iowa, Ferentz have talks
01.16.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Barta, Ferentz discussed contract extension
01.16.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Q & A with Iowa AD Barta
01.16.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Christensen may catch on at QB with Illinois State
01.16.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Ex QB Christensen looks into Illinois State
01.16.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Playing experience nice but not essential for analyst
01.16.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Greene likely not a 1st-rounder
01.16.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Barta not blaming Lickliter for attendance
01.16.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Where are the Hawkeye fans?
01.16.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes devising new ways to attract larger crowds
01.16.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Senior Tate hopes to return Sunday
01.16.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Hawkeyes rain 3s in win over Illini
01.16.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Inside and outside, Hawkeyes dominate Illinois
01.16.09 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Thursday, January 15, 2009

01.15.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Eddie's choice: Iowa football loses something
01.15.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Dolphin says losing Podolak leaves giant void
01.15.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Photos put Podolak on sideline
01.15.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Podolak's voice will be missed
01.15.09 - Football - Hawk Central

When it comes to Podolak, Barta's not the bad guy
01.15.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

BHGP Video Tribute: Ed Podolak
01.15.09 - Football - Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants

Iowa broadcaster Podolak calls it quits
01.15.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Podolak steps out of radio booth
01.15.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Iowa Central picks up former-Hawkeye Paine
01.15.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Illinois' struggles could be UI's gain
01.15.09 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hawkeye color analyst Ed Podolak Retires

Here is the official release from the U of Iowa Athletic Department on Ed Podolak's decision to leave the broadcast booth:

Long time Iowa football color analyst Ed Podolak has decided to retire from Iowa’s football broadcasts. Over last weekend Podolak visited with Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta indicating his desire to leave the radio booth. Below are statements from Podolak and Barta.

Ed Podolak statement:

I have notified Learfield Sports and the Iowa Athletic Department of my retirement from the Iowa Football broadcasts. My multi-year contract with Learfield has expired and I will be 62 this year so it seems like a good time for a younger ex-hawk to fill the spot. I have been wrestling with retirement through last fall as I have relocated my real estate business to northern California. The resulting commute to the Midwest each weekend has been challenging. I wish the Hawkeyes the best and will attend as many games as my schedule allows. It has been a pleasure working with so many great Hawkeyes over the last 27 years. I want to especially thank Jim Zabel and Gary Dolphin for helping to make my football Saturdays even more rewarding. I hope to pen some memoirs in the near future. Go Hawks!!!!

Gary Barta statement:

Over the weekend Ed Podolak shared with me his desire to retire as our football color analyst, a position he has held for over 25 years. He indicated he felt the time was right for him to step aside and devote more time to his business and other personal interests.

It’s hard to put into words what Ed has meant to Iowa football, both as a player and a radio personality. His knowledge, insight and wit will be sorely missed when Hawkeye football is on the air. He has the unique ability to talk to Iowa fans in a way they clearly understand. He never hid his passion for the Hawkeyes and for that we’ll be eternally grateful. It’ll be a challenge to fill the shoes of such a great radio personality, but we’ll work hard to find a color analyst who exemplifies the on-air qualities we’ve become accustomed to with Ed. We thank him for his years of service and wish him good luck and health in his retirement from the radio booth. He’ll always be a Hawkeye and we cherish the memories he has left us.


01.14.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Podolak to retire
01.14.09 - Football - Blog: On Iowa

TV report: Podolak off the air
01.14.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Ferentz to Chiefs? Flip a coin; If it's the end for Podolak, he deserves better than this
01.14.09 - Football - DM Register: Keeler blog

Ferentz to Chiefs seems unlikely
01.14.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Ferentz, Pioli, and the speculation
01.14.09 - Football - DM Register: Hawkeye Insider

Hawkeyes draw from the past to find positives for future
01.14.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa's Cermak seeing bigger workload
01.14.09 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

01.13.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Gatens shows the right stuff
01.13.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes report card
01.13.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Iowa's Big Four men's basketball buck trend
01.13.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Dungy to retire; former Hawkeye is successor
01.13.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Iowa Football team just gained on Penn State for '09
01.13.09 - Football - Blog: The Hlog

Monday, January 12, 2009

01.12.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Iowa looks for answers
01.12.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes searching for answers, but don't find any in Michigan
01.12.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Hawks get wake-up call against Michigan
01.12.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Hawks fall apart at Michigan
01.12.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Hawkeyes cradle more hardware
01.12.09 - Wrestling - Des Moines Register

Hawks stay on top
01.12.09 - Wrestling - Hawk Central

Hawks take title
01.12.09 - Wrestling - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Former QB Christensen weighs options for new school
01.12.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Hawkeyes pack a punch
01.12.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes pull out of slump, pour in points vs. Gophers
01.12.09 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Friday, January 9, 2009

01.09.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

In the end, it's a loss for Hawks
01.09.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Second-half by Hawkeyes, last-second shot fall short
01.09.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Gophers edge Hawkeyes
01.09.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Hawkeyes lose game, Tate too
01.09.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Basketball like this doesn't bowl us over
01.09.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawks lose third straight
01.09.09 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Purdue tops Hawkeyes for 2nd time in last 12 days
01.09.09 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Boilermakers sweep, and mop up, Hawkeyes
01.09.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Thursday, January 8, 2009

01.08.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Everything comes in 3s
01.08.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Bawinkel, Iowa's 3-point specialist, could fill the bill
01.08.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Difficulty ramps up for Iowa
01.08.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Iowa's Tucker, Brommer face homestate school
01.08.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Big Ten Network needs Hawkeye flavor in booth
01.08.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes remain within Big Ten's bowl budget
01.08.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Comparative Results: Iowa, Iowa State, UNI and Coe College all better than Florida and Oklahoma
01.08.09 - Football - Blog: The Hlog

Hawks hope to regain confidence
01.08.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Preseason All-America list mentions Hawkeye
01.08.09 - Baseball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

01.07.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Hawkeye freshman Tucker has mono
01.07.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tucker reveals he's been out with mono
01.07.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Tucker sheds light on medical troubles
01.07.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Tucker reveals he's recovering from mono
01.07.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Tucker's teammates offer encouragement
01.07.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tucker won't let incident define him
01.07.09 - Basketball - Minneapolis-St Paul Star-Tribune

Iowa No. 1 seed at national duals
01.07.09 - Wrestling - Des Moines Register

Hawkeye wrestlers open Duals against Wyoming
01.07.09 - Wrestling - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawkeyes working to protect the paint
01.07.09 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Smith feels ready to answer Bluder's call for a senior spark
01.07.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

01.06.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Lickliter: Illness slowing Tucker
01.06.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

Hawkeye freshman Tucker on mend from ills
01.06.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Gatens father, son stay composed
01.06.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Iowa's Falck, Beatty on road to recovery
01.06.09 - Wrestling - Hawk Central

A crossroads week ahead for the Hawkeye women
01.06.09 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Stanzi's offense...
01.06.09 - Football - Blog: On Iowa

Syracuse wants to be like Iowa
01.06.09 - Football - Blog: The Hlog

Monday, January 5, 2009

01.05.08 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Red-hot Hoosiers hammer Iowa women
01.05.08 - W Basketball - Des Moines Register

Inside woes haunt Iowa
01.05.08 - W Basketball - Hawk Central

Feisty Hoosiers rip Iowa, 76-54
01.05.08 - W Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Iowa-Indiana: Hawkeyes escape with a victory
01.05.08 - Basketball - Blog: Tiger Hawk Blog

Let's talk Ferentz and Cleveland
01.05.08 - Football - Blog: The Hlog

Saturday, January 3, 2009

01.03.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Today's foe Indiana in transition under new regime
01.03.09 - Basketball - Des Moines Register

Lickliter knows Crean's situation
01.03.09 - Basketball - Hawk Central

A Crean slate for Indiana
01.03.09 - Basketball - Quad City Times

Olson's passion for Iowa still burns
01.03.09 - Basketball - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Hawks' future is bright - bet on it
01.03.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Hawkeye fans will get to know some new faces
01.03.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Plenty left in the tank
01.03.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Hawkeyes secure about future with rising stars on deck
01.03.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Friday, January 2, 2009

Outback Bowl Videos

Here is video of Shonn Greene's Post Game interview after yesterday's 31-10 Outback Bowl victory (thanks to Des Moines Register):

View all Pre and Post-game Outback Bowl videos here: Outback Videos.

01.02.09 - Hawkeye Newsstand

Check out videos from the Outback Bowl
Courtesy of The Des Moines Register

Iowa's Greene runs for 3 TDs, then sprints off to NFL
01.02.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Hawks expected Greene's departure
01.02.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

It's official: Greene is NFL-bound
01.02.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Banks weighs in on Greene
01.02.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Greene goes out with a bang
01.02.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Outback sizzle
01.02.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Black and Gold Blowout
01.02.09 - Football - Hawk Central

Pair of picks by Sash fuel Hawkeye victory
01.02.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Iowa's Sash turns momentum on defense
01.02.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Right players, right mindset, right coach
01.02.09 - Football - Cedar Rapids Gazette

King calls Ferentz amazing
01.02.09 - Football - DM Register: Hawkeye Insider

Hawks win by keeping it simple
01.02.09 - Football - Quad City Times

Keeler: It's time to give Ferentz an extra-long contract
01.02.09 - Football - Des Moines Register

Fans find lots to cheer about
01.02.09 - Football - Hawk Central

A look ahead...
01.02.09 - Football - Blog: On Iowa

No moral victory, but...
01.02.09 - Basketball - Blog: Doc's Office

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Iowa Football is back!

While ESPN and others are busy stirring the Kirk Ferentz to Cleveland Browns rumor mill, the return of Iowa Football prominence is being overlooked. After last season’s 6-6 season which finished with the embarrassing home loss to Western Michigan, and 3-3 start to the 2008 campaign, how many would have predicted the Hawkeyes celebrating a huge New Year’s Day Bowl victory today?

The lackluster finish in 2007, coupled with off the field issues, had some calling for Kirk Ferentz to resign. For some, this year was seen as a “make or break” season for Ferentz at Iowa. No one quite knew what to expect going into the season. The defense figured to be strong, but offensively there were more than a few question marks. The quarterback position was up in the air until the final day of fall practice. Iowa had no clear option at running back. Shonn Greene was a player who looked good his freshman year, but that was a few years ago. He spent last season, not in a Hawkeye uniform, but rather delivering furniture for MacGregor’s. Thirteen 100-yard rushing games later, and Shonn Greene is the 2008 Doak Walker Award winner on his way to the NFL.

Greene and the Hawkeye’s solid offensive line helped rotating QB’s Christensen and Stanzi lead Iowa to three straight wins to start the year. Then 3-straight losses by a combined 9 points to Pitt, Northwestern, and Michigan State dropped Iowa to 3-3 in early October. It appeared at the time that Ferentz may have reached his peak at Iowa, and the Hawkeyes were looking at another year of disappointment. Stanzi took over full time after the Pittsburgh loss, the team struggled with turnovers, and fans were getting restless. Thankfully, better days were soon to come.

In the next 3 games, Iowa took care of business against over-matched Indiana and Wisconsin but dropped a tough one in Champaign to Illinois after the bye week. At 5-4, #3 ranked Penn State was coming to town and it looked as though the Hawks were headed back to .500. Instead, Iowa gave Penn State their only regular season loss of the season in one of the all-time great games at Kinnick Stadium, thanks to this kick by Daniel Murray:

After a home win over Purdue, Iowa headed to the Metrodome one last time and sent it off as only the Hawkeyes could with a 55-0 pummeling of Minnesota. Suddenly, Iowa had won their last three games and five of their last six. The Hawkeyes finished 8-4 on the season and 5-3 in conference play. The Outback Bowl came calling, and Iowa was invited to play in their 5th New Year’s Day bowl since 2002.

It was business as usual in Tampa today, as Shonn Greene again rushed for over 100-yards (121 on 29 carries with 3 TDs), and the Iowa defense held South Carolina scoreless for 3+ quarters of football. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. It was domination is every aspect of the game.

Get ready to hear more about Kirk Ferentz possibly leaving for the NFL in the hours and days to come, but for now Hawkeye fans should sit back and enjoy the 31-10 whipping Iowa gave South Carolina in today’s Outback Bowl. Whether Ferentz takes that job in Cleveland or not (and for the record, HSN’s gut tells us he won’t), what he has done in his 10 years at Iowa should be applauded. This 2008 season ranks up there with his best.

On the field after the Outback Bowl, Ferentz told ESPN’s Rob Stone, that he feels “fortunate” to be coaching at such a great place as Iowa. We think we speak for all Iowa fans when we say that WE are fortunate to have Kirk Ferentz as our coach. It certainly makes it easier to be proud to be a Hawkeye with Ferentz at the helm. Kirk, please stick around and give us some more reasons to be proud in the future.

As for now, Happy New Year and enjoy 2009 Hawk fans! It couldn’t have gotten off to a better start!

Happy New Year!

Let's go Outback this morning!

HSN Prediction: IOWA 27 South Carolina 17