If I understand correctly aren’t there restrictions on how often the coaches can interact with players while the S&C staff works with them basically all the time. It seems that the NCAA giving coaches more time with the players (thus more insight into what the culture of the program really is) could be an improvement or at the very least better align accountability and responsibility.
If these anecdotes about Doyle are a reflection of what he's like all the time (and the evidence for that seems to be piling up) then he needs to go.
As for the program, I'm concerned how few African-American coaches we have. Not that we have zero, but the ones we have seem to not stay long and don't enter the "in crowd" of Doyle, KOK, or BF.
KF may sincerely believe that his "my way or the highway" culture is color-blind and in the best interests of every individual in the program, but there needs to be people he respects and trusts who can pull him aside and say "when you said X, these guys aren't interpreting it the way you think they are, here's a different approach." I don't know if something like that dynamic exists in the program or if it ever did, but it would probably go a long way towards addressing these very real issues that have been raised.
I second this. I often lament that May didn't choose football. IIRC, he had some offers coming out of high schools and his combination of size and athleticism always looked like a better fit as a Marvin McNutt-ish wide receiver.
I think you're 100% correct on what he'll hear from the scouts. I say that potentially all three are improvable. Shooting can improve with practice. Seeing the floor and becoming a great passer are what will make the difference between Iowa being elite next year versus Iowa just being very good. With defenses keying on him, in Garza can kick out to Bohannon and Frederick for 3 or Wiesman and Toussaint cutting to the hole, then whoa boy they'll be fun to watch.
I'm guessing those where the two you thought. While Garza may hit the limits of his athleticism, his improvement in conditioning and body composition over the last few years gives hope that he can get quicker as well.
I like Gabe with the upset too. By his senior year he was quick and had a decent jumper. Gesell and Freeman in the other games.
Fuller was kind of on pace to be the savior of the Lickliter era. Then, well, yeah.
I remember Hogan only because I was so excited that we could steal a guy from Kentucky. His signing may have been his highlight as a Hawkeye. Seeing his name reminds me of the early [REDACTED] years when every transfer was seemingly linked to Iowa.
1-as Ross alluded to, there is an incentive in this economy to bank another year of free education. While the ecomy may well snap back to its pre-pandemic level that won’t happen until the virus is at least knocked down to a manageable level. So why not get a year of grad school or a double major knocked out and make yourself more marketable when normalcy returns.
3-I’m with you on this one. It’s s good deal for Iowa and a few other P5s that can absorb the costs but what’s good for the athletes at small schools will be hard on their institutions.
I think Jok is my pick to take it all - an athletic gunner would thrive in this format - but I’d love to see him and RDM in a real one on one. Maybe Uthoff’s length would be too much for him though.
I’m glad they get something. I wish they would have allowed the winter athletes an extra year, maybe with a limit to how many regular season contests they could participate in, analogous to the 4 games a football player can play without burning a redshirt.
He’s like a rich man’s Derek Pagel.
The gap between him and the competition at 2A must just be absurd.
Loved seeing guys hunting bonus points, and I guess I’m mostly thinking of Warner here since the others either had mismatches or are the usual bonus candidates.
Agreed, I was encouraged to see him with just that sort of compression sleeve on the knee rather than a bulky brace.
Desanto with the TF! He was looking to takedown and release all match.
Sure looked better than last week. Of course I’d prefer a win, but keeping it close against Steveson is something.
Hwt: Tony holding his own, 4-3 after one.
Good win for the boys. How worried should we be about Assad? They burned the ‘shirt because he’s presumably our best chance to place in March but this seems like the kind of fringe-ranked guy he needs to beat.
Ok, I was skeptical but I’m on the Assad train now.
Murin looked line he really had trouble with Red’s length. Gotta figure that out before B1Gs.
That really sucks to have his dream taken away like that. “Retire” is not a word you want to hear in reference to a 19-20 year old. Hope they can find a way for him to be involved - student manager, coaching “intern” - or something if he’s interested.
I was at the game jumping around screaming “all night!”
After this I nodded and said, “hmm, that was nice.”
Now we gotta turn these guys over, because they don’t look like they’re gonna stop scoring.
Now that’s the way to honor Hayden - score with an exotic!
I don't think its winning on the West Coast or beating USC that will be notable in the long run (as enjoyable as both would be in the moment), but rather another 10-win season. Get that then the fact that our 3 losses were close games against ranked opponents adds to what will forever be the debate on Ferentz's legacy - should fans be grateful that he accomplished so much or should we be disappointed that he couldn't get us to the elite level that we were tantalizingly close to?
Big Fish is my favorite movie! I've always thought Hayden's life had more of a Forrest Gump quality, with all the famous people he intersected with. Reading this article makes me think of another movie - The Men Who Stare at Goats. The movie is just ok, but the tagline is epic and I think they could reuse it someday for a Hayden biopic - "More of this is true than you'd believe."