Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/16/11

The Iowa Hawkeyes have had a mediocre season of college football. Definitely a down year by their usual standards. No one’s expecting them to do much in college basketball. However, Fran McCaffrey’s bunch have looked surprisingly good so far; though it’s been versus inferior competition.

One pleasant surprise in Iowa City is cheerleader Rebecca Hodge, who won the Miss Iowa USA 2012 beauty pageant last month despite never having ever previously competed in a pageant before. A co-worker recommended she compete in the pageant, after having received a letter about it.

(h/t to Lost Lettermen, Guyism)

“My friend thought I would be perfect for it and told me I needed to try out. I thought, `I’m not one of those girls’…but I guess I am,” HawkeyeSports.com

Then again, this is just about being hot and saying the right things. How much training and preparation do you need? Either you “got it” or you “don’t got it.” I’m sure the rookie winning the pageant probably burned up some of the veterans.

Next she’ll compete in the Miss USA 2012 pageant, held in June. The Hawkeyes basketball team takes on the Northern Illinois Huskies on Thursday night, with the football team taking on the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday.

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