IOWA CITY, Iowa --The last time I stepped inside Kinnick Stadium, Iowa's football program was anational laughingstock, ensnared in the longest losing streak in schoolhistory.
Many have likely forgotten the lowest point in Hawkeyesfootball because of the drastic turnaround that has taken shape under headcoach Kirk Ferentz. But there was a time -- 13 years ago -- when reaching abowl game seemed as far out of reach as the heavens.
It's true. I lived it.
Over the course of two seasons, Iowa lost 13 consecutivegames -- all eight Big Ten contests to close 1999 and the first five games of2000, including a 27-21 home loss against Mid-American Conference foe WesternMichigan.
So when I decided to attend Iowa's home game against No. 25Michigan State as a high school sophomore living in Iowa City way back on Oct.7, 2000, you can imagine where expectations stood. Ferentz, in his secondseason in charge, was still trying to restore the program to the same gloryexperienced under former coach Ha...