I think it would have been a bit chillier than it was for the original Grapple on the Gridiron -- Iowa really hit the jackpot, weather-wise, that day -- but it would have doable. Layer up!
It would have toughest on the wrestlers. They'd probably have to warm up in the locker room/entrance tunnel and run out for their matches.
Heh. Probably wouldn't have posted about it in that case...
To get a standard redshirt, you just need to not play in any actual games during the season (exhibition games don't count against you). You don't need to apply for any kind of waiver from the Big Ten to get that redshirt; it's automatically granted. All players have have five years in which to use four years of eligibility. (The exception to this rule is college football, which has carved out its own rule that allows players to play in up to four games during the season and still be eligible to use that automatically-granted redshirt year.)
Once you play in any actual games during the season, though, that standard redshirt is off the table. (Again: except in football.) At that point you have to apply for the waiver to receive the additional year of eligibility. To be able to get that you have to play in no more than 10 games during the season and (I believe) you can't have played in any games in the second half of the season. JBo and Nunge met both of those criteria. JBo played in the maximum of 10 games allowed, all in the first half of Iowa's season, then shut things down to have hip surgery. Nunge played in 5 games, all in the first half of Iowa's season, then tore his ACL and had to shut things down. P-Mac also meets those criteria -- he only played in Iowa's first two games of the season and didn't appear in any games after that. So he's definitely eligible to receive a hardship waiver/medical redshirt, just like JBo and Nunge were. The difference is that their waiver requests were approved, but his hasn't been yet -- for whatever reason.
I would be very, very, very surprised if he didn't receive one (the only thing that seems to be different in his case is that it didn't involve a major injury requiring surgery, but "not being cleared to play because of complications from recovery from cancer treatment" still seems to be an appropriate medical-related reason to receive a hardship waiver), but it hasn't been officially granted yet.
That said, for P-Mac (and Nunge) these waivers really only impact their ability to still have eligibility at Iowa 3-4 years from now. Nunge still had two years of eligibility remaining going into next year before this waiver was granted; now he has three (so he can play in the 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons). P-Mac still has three years of eligibility remaining going into next year; if his waiver is granted, he'll have four (so he could play through the 2023-24 season). JBo was the only player in this scenario who needed to get the waiver in order to be able to play next year -- he was technically a senior in 2019-20, so his eligibility was up without the waiver giving him an additional year to use in 2020-21.
Woof, the video quality on that 85 Iowa-Michigan game was not good.
Decommits are always a risk and I think the risk might be a little elevated this year when you have more guys than normal committing without making visits -- if they're able to make visits in the summer or fall, does that turn their heads a bit? That wouldn't surprise me.
On the other hand, when the fuck are things going to be "normal" again? How likely are big recruiting events or even campus visits in the next few months or the rest of 2020? I could easily see those things being cut back considerably for the rest of 2020.
But in a time of great uncertainty and relative chaos, stability can start to look very appealing. And few programs can offer the level of stability that Iowa can. That's something several of the recent commits have noted and I don't think that selling point is likely to lose its value very much during the rest of 2020. And I agree that it seems like Iowa has focused especially hard on fit in their last few classes, too -- we haven't seen a lot of decommits in those classes. It seems reasonable to assume they're just as focused on fit for this 2021 class as well.
Nebraska is throwing around scholarship offers like a drunken sailor at port after six weeks at sea.
The same could be said in reverse about Johnson, though. If you are a WR, why would you choose Iowa over Nebraska? Especially if you're a legacy who grew up in their backyard?
Nebraska has definitely done more with WRs lately than Iowa, but in terms of the "why choose Iowa if you're a WR" concept... all of the WR recruits Iowa landed over the last two weeks have cited how Iowa used WRs last year as a positive. (No one tell them that was an outlier in terms of recent years... though hopefully it was the start of a new trend of using the WRs more.) And they've also seemed really bullish on Kelton Copeland. Here's what Keagan said about him to Rivals:
Q: First, can you tell us about your decision and what all went into it?
JOHNSON: It's Iowa. The deciding factor I felt was really Coach Copeland. I trust him because he's really turned around the wide receiver position at Iowa the past couple years. I feel like there's something special going on there and I want to be a part of that.
The Copeland hire is looking like a really good one for Iowa. The on-field production from the WRs has improved dramatically (especially in 2019) and now it seems to be paying off in recruiting, too.
I was pretty stunned to see that Cael hadn't won it. He won his 4th straight NCAA title in 2002. The Sullivan Award went to Sarah Hughes that year -- she won a gold medal in figure skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Cael won his own gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. The Sullivan Award winner that year was Paul Hamm, who won the all-around gold medal in men's gymnastics at those same Olympics.
He was not the problem with that team during that stretch.
Except for the part where he (allegedly!) slept with a teammate's girlfriend, as the rumor mill had it... (Or did a teammate sleep with his GF... I guess I've forgotten now.)