Have to admit I was pretty happy with this one.
Because he wants to help Iowa win a team national title. That goal is a non-starter without Lee.
If he does move up to 133, that makes Spencer's path much smoother IMO.
His toughest B1G opponent would be, uh, Foley? Or McKee? He could absolutely romp through the Big Ten Tournament this year.
And at NCAAs that could put Picc and Glory at 2/3, which would mean he'd only have to wrestle one of them, rather than both of them (or one of them and Rivera).
My money is still on Rivera being at 125 for the second half of the season, but we'll have to wait and see.
I think it's been almost 3 years since he's wrestled freestyle, so I'm not really sure what to expect. I'm VERY curious to see how he looks at Senior Nationals or wherever he ends up competing this winter.
If LaPorta can pick up the blocking skills needed, I think he'll get on the field a fair amount. That's been the big issue in TEs getting playing time at Iowa over the years. Given how much we like passing to TEs and want to pass to TEs, I think they'll be happy to get LaPorta into the lineup more as long as he's not a negative as a blocker.
Don't think a RS was ever made official re: Brents, but it seems pretty likely at this point.
That said, he could actually play in Iowa's last few games and still use the RS. Has he played at all this year? No more than 1-2 games, I think.
If you'd told me that, I would have predicted that we'd have a MUCH more awesome decade... sigh.
Probably an overreaction on my part in terms of the coaching staff, but DePaul at least seems to be trending up, whereas Iowa is... decidedly not.
And it's frustrating to see so many of the same issues recur year after year. Like the lazy passing. Or the inability to defend the baseline. That shit has been going on for several seasons at this point and it just doesn't get fixed. Maddening.
Fran knows talent. And usually gets decent to good talent.
Iowa is clearly in the bottom half of the Big Ten in terms of talent this year. And they may be in the bottom 3 or 4 in terms of talent.
And this is Year 10 for Fran. How is he putting one of the least-talented teams of his tenure on the court in his 10th year in charge?
I wanted to see an onside kick but I knew there was a 0% chance of it happening. KF *always* kicks it deep and tries to play defense in these situations. And, just like against PSU, the offense didn't get another chance with the ball.
I know the odds of recovering an onside kick are low... but so are the odds of getting the ball back with a gassed defense facing an offense that's been running the ball extremely well for pretty much the entire game. Taylor had almost 100 yards in the fourth quarter alone before that last drive and Wisconsin was absolutely gouging Iowa right, left, and center. Unless you were hoping Taylor would put the ball on the turf, I didn't see the sense in kicking it deep to them. At least with an onside there's a chance of you recovering it and the offense having another shot.
At least the uniforms looked good last night.
Literally the only good thing about that game.
I'm not sure Nunge and Pemsl would be that much of an impediment to Foster's PT, given what we've seen out of them.
If you could trade rosters and coaching staffs with DePaul straight up -- would you do it?
Plus, 15-16 was a disaster noncon year and they put together a January for the ages.
Are you thinking of a different season? Iowa went 9-3 in non-conf play that year, with the three losses being close neutral court losses to Dayton and Notre Dame and a 1-point road loss at Iowa State (in a game that Iowa led for a long time).
That Iowa team also had senior-year Jarrod Uthoff, Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, and Anthony Clemmons, plus junior-year Peter Jok. That team had a lot more talent and experience than this one. Wieskamp, Garza, and JBo (if healthy) are probably the only players from this year's team who would even get minutes on that team.
His suspension is up, if that's what you mean. It was two games: the exhibition against Lindsey Wilson and the opener against SIU-E.