A conversation took place in our Slack group last night about Iowa State basketball potentially losing 20 games this season. This would be a feat, as the Cyclones impressively have not lost 20 or more games since the 1975-76 season. Further research by Mr. Adam Jacobi led to the discovery of Lynn Nance, who unsuccessfully coached the Cyclones from 1976-1980. Nance’s basketball coaching career is not at all notable but the final line in his Wikipedia entry is:
Aside from his career as a coach, Nance also served as a special agent for the FBI, as well as working as an assistant director for the NCAA. Nance drew upon his experience as an FBI agent to write a novel titled Bridger: Deadly Peril.
Ok, wait, what? I have a number of questions but primarily: Was he an FBI agent and a coach simultaneously? I also must know more about Bridger: Deadly Peril. From the Amazon.com summary:
Outcries over failures of intelligence and investigative agencies following 9/11 trigger demands for reform. Former FBI Assistant Director Ted Bridger, whose earlier warnings of terrorist threats fell on deaf ears, answers the call and creates a new unit: FIST Federal Investigative and Strategic Team. FIST consists of elite agents from FBI, CIA, Secret Service, DIA, and NSA. Using sophisticated investigative techniques and weaponry, the new unit pursues terrorists from New York to Seattle and into mountain forests of the Ozarks and Idaho. Pressure to succeed combines with intrigue and action, placing men and women of FIST in deadly peril. Release for the agents comes in many forms including passionate and forbidden romance.
IS THIS THE GREATEST BOOK OF ALL TIME?
Chances are yes.
Men's Tournament Times Announced
Iowa will play the winner of Game 1 on Thursday at 1:30 PM CT, on the Big Ten Network. Brian Anderson will have play by play with Shon Morris on color and Andy Katz on the sideline. Should they win, they’ll face Illinois on Friday at the same time, also on BTN, with Kevin Krugler, Morris and Rick Pizzo on the call. Should Iowa beat Illinois, they’d take on the winner of Wisconsin vs. Rutgers/Michigan on Saturday at 12:00 PM on CBS. Finally, the Championship will be televised on CBS on Sunday, at 2:30 PM.
An uncomfortable reminder that Iowa is 4-9 in the Big Ten Tournament under Fran and hasn’t made it to the semifinals since 2006, when Coach REDACTED, Jeff Horner, Adam Haluska and Greg Brunner led the team to a Tournament Championship over
Greg Oden Terence Dials and Ohio State. Iowa’s NCAA Tournament resume is solid and they don’t have any work to do but it would certainly boost morale if they were able to win a couple of Tournament games and have some momentum heading into the Big Dance.
Yanda to Retire
Adam Schefter reported this morning that Ravens guard Marshal Yanda will retire after 13 seasons:
Ravens right-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda will announce his retirement on this week, per @jamisonhensley. A third-round pick in 2007, Yanda is one of three guards in NFL history to earn at least eight Pro Bowls and win a Super Bowl. Others are Larry Allen and Alan Faneca.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2020
We’ll have more on Yanda, who came to Iowa as a 3-star recruit, was molded into a third round NFL Draft pick, played the entirety of his career with Baltimore, winning a Super Bowl, and is arguably the greatest right guard, if not guard, of all time.
The Browns cut Christian Kirksey, who was a fan favorite and big hit in the community, but apparently was too expensive and injury prone:
The Ivy League straight up cancelled their basketball tournaments due to concerns about Coronavirus. Men's regular season champion Yale will proceed to the NCAA Tournament. This will irk Harvard, who beat Yale twice during the regular season and probably would’ve met them in the Championship. Instead, the Crimson will be sitting at home this spring.
Despite gambling being more prevalent, especially in the realm of collegiate athletics, NCAA Tournament broadcasters will not televise any gambling data.
From Doc over at The Athletic: How Michael Ojemudia and Geno Stone will try to extend Iowa’s DB pipeline to NFL.
5 things Chad Leistikow would like to see from Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament.
Finally, lol but ex-Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey is transferring to Northwestern and hey it’s not like Northwestern hasn’t had a big transfer at QB recently as Rodger so aptly points out:
this is the biggest QB transfer in Northwestern history since we got a 5-star freshman to transfer from Clemson and then he threw one touchdown and four interceptions and they had to spend the offseason looking for a grad transfer to replace him— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) March 9, 2020
(that was last year) https://t.co/FsX8qOTfUm