Hlas: Faith Ekakitie used football cool in off-field incident

IOWA CITY — What if Iowa senior football player Faith Ekakitie hadn’t reacted as calmly as a person could be expected to when stopped by several police officers without knowing why? Two uniformed Iowa City police officers, two plainclothes ICPD investigators, one uniformed Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy and a uniformed University of Iowa Police officer stopped Ekakitie in...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
17 days ago

Live updates: Iowa football media day

We're four weeks away from kickoff at Kinnick Stadium, and today, Iowa's football team will meet the media. Head coach Kirk Ferentz gets things started at 2 p.m., followed by assistant coaches at 2:30 and players at 3:15. Get
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
18 days ago

ESPN Ranks Deshaun Watson As The No. 1 Player In College Football

ESPN has published a ranking of the the top 100 players in college football heading into the 2016 season. Deshaun Watson is thought of very highly. The World Wide Leader used a panel of 32 of its college football writers, editors and analysts, and had them rate players, 0-10, based on their expected performance this season. Who’s No. 1? Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The...
Via College Spun
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Hawkeyes, Northwestern were America’s top escape artists of 2015

When you look back and see just how Iowa went 12-0 in the 2015 college football regular-season, you have to start with close games.Every coach will tell you that you must win the close games to have a great season. Iowa did, getting five wins in games determined by one score (eight points or less).The only other FBS team to go 5-0 in one-score games was Northwestern, which peeled...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
19 days ago

Iowa ranked 15th in preseason coaches poll

IOWA CITY — The Iowa football team is ranked No. 15 in the Amway Coaches Preseason Poll released Monday. The Hawkeyes’ preseason national ranking of No. 15 is its highest since 2010, when Iowa was ranked No. 9 by the Associated Press.Iowa is one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the poll, joining Ohio State (5), Michigan (8) and Michigan State (11). Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
19 days ago

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz: ‘Concept of teamwork ... has eroded a little bit in our country’

CHICAGO — Kirk Ferentz has a bully pulpit that stands higher and stretches farther than nearly every public figure in the state of Iowa.Most of the time, the Iowa football coach narrows his comments to his sport or its many tentacles. But don’t mistake Ferentz for a simple football wonk who dismisses life outside of the Hawkeyes’ complex. Ferentz is well-versed on a range of...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
20 days ago

Iowa Football Releases Awesome Hype Video

Iowa’s football program had a ridiculously good 2015. The Hawkeyes went undefeated in the regular season, played in the Big Ten Championship Game and made a major bowl game. What does 2016 have in-store for Kirk Ferentz’s team? Iowa can’t wait to find out. The Hawkeyes released this epic hype video today in anticipation of fall camp starting and the season being right around...
Via College Spun
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pro Football Focus Ranks C.J. Beathard, Not J.T. Barrett, As Big Ten’s Best QB

Most lists of the Big Ten’s best quarterbacks begin with Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett. The Buckeye signal caller was instrumental in the team’s run to the national championship in 2014, and after being embroiled in the high-profile position battle with Cardale Jones last season, he eventually won the job at mid-season and the team was better for it. According to analytics-based...
Via College Spun
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Iowa Pre-Flight was a football dynamo

Tuesday, Associated Press released a list of its all-time top 100 college football teams, based on the weekly rankings it started in 1936.Iowa is 25th, Iowa State 83rd. Checking in it at No. 98 ... Iowa Pre-Flight?Yes, Iowa Pre-Flight. Here’s a 1993 story I wrote about that team and a huge game it played in 1943:As the entire free world surely knows, Florida State’s top-ranked...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
21 days ago

Track and cross country coach Layne Anderson leaving Iowa for Tennessee

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta announced today Layne Anderson has resigned from the UI track and field and cross country program, effective Aug. 5.Anderson, who joined the UI coaching staff in 2003, is leaving to become assistant track and field/cross country coach at the University of Tennessee. “I would like to thank Gary Barta, Paula Jantz...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
22 days ago

Black Heart Gold Pants editors leave SB Nation to start Go Iowa Awesome

The editors of one of SB Nation’s longest-running and most prominent college sites, Iowa Hawkeyes blog Black Heart Gold Pants, have departed to start an independent site called Go Iowa Awesome. Patrick Vint posted about the move in a farewell post at BHGP last week, and then put up a welcome to the new site Sunday night. In addition to editor-in-chief Vint, the new masthead includes...
Via Awful Announcing
22 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ College Football Top-25 Preview: #21 Iowa

The college football season is rapidly approaching, with the anticipation building as each day passes. As the hunger for the upcoming season gets stronger, here at SQ we’ve got something that will hold your appetite for the time being. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out previews of the teams in our top-25. We last covered Oregon, which came in at #22 on our countdown...
Via The Sports Quotient
23 days ago  |  Discuss

College Football Playoff director: Rose performance won’t harm Iowa’s 2016 playoff hopes

CHICAGO — Iowa’s blowout loss in last season’s Rose Bowl won’t leave any residue with the College Football Playoff selection committee, executive director Bill Hancock said this week.“Not a bit,” Hancock told The Gazette at Big Ten Media Days. “Not a bit. Prior years are irrelevant with the selection committee.”Despite a 12-win regular season, the Hawkeyes received...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
24 days ago

Hlas: Only ceremony Olympian Daniel Dennis wants is on medal-stand

IOWA CITY — Daniel Dennis is the opposite of reluctant when it comes to wrestling. Or rock-climbing.“He would climb me right into a hole,” said Iowa assistant wrestling coach Terry Brands. That’s an oxymoron-and-a-half, but who’s to quibble with Brands? He’s known Dennis for a decade, and has worked hard with him since Dennis earned a U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
26 days ago

Iowa’s Pemsl shrugs insecurity, projects strength

NORTH LIBERTY — As a Dubuque Wahlert student, Cordell Pemsl wondered at times if his basketball career was at a crossroads.In his sophomore year, Pemsl had surgery on a torn meniscus. Six months later, he tore it again. Instead of going through another medical procedure and waiting for the inevitable third tear, Pemsl sought the advice of University of Iowa doctors. He elected...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
26 days ago

No sugarcoating from Ally Disterhoft: Last season still eats at her

NORTH LIBERTY — Four months have passed since the Iowa Hawkeyes exited the WNIT with a whimper. It still eats at Ally Disterhoft. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” she said. “Last season was a disappointment. We’ve just got to take it as a learning experience.” And what was learned? “Team chemistry goes a long way,” she said. A cycle of “lasts” has begun...
Via The Gazette - Iowa Hawkeyes
27 days ago

Bodycam video shows Iowa football player searched in park

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Police have released body camera footage showing a University of Iowa football player being questioned by police who were searching for a robbery suspect. The footage released Tuesday shows an encounter defensive end Faith Ekakitie described in a Facebook post earlier this week. He wrote that he was playing ''Pokemon Go'' in a public park when he was surrounded...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 College Football Countdown: No. 25 Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa Hawkeyes 2016 record: 12-2 overall, 8-0 Big Ten (lost to Stanford 45-16 in the Rose Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Can Iowa compete for the Big Ten championship in back-to-back seasons? 1921-22. That’s the last time Iowa won back-to-back conference titles, dating back to its days in the Western conference. This season, the Hawkeyes will look to accomplish a part of the aforementioned...
Via The Comeback
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Iowa Hawkeyes: Exclusive Interview with 2017 QB Peyton Mansell

Peyton Mansell is one of the top quarterback in the 2017 college football recruiting class and is committed to play his college football career for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He is not one of the most hyped up prospects in the recruiting class, however, even though he deserves a lot more attention. Iowa was able to get back into Big Ten contention last season, finishing the year with a 12...
Via This Given Sunday
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Colin Cowherd Thinks Iowa Has Best Chance Of Big Ten Teams To Make Playoff

FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd is easily the most anti-Iowa Hawkeyes personality in the sports world, for reasons that remain unclear. Monday, Cowherd took another shot at the program. Cowherd believes that Iowa has the best chance of representing the Big Ten in this year’s College Football Playoff. Why? He thinks the Hawkeyes have an incredibly easy schedule. He thinks Ohio...
Via College Spun
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Iowa football player mistaken for robber, held at gunpoint

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A University of Iowa football player says he was playing ''Pokemon Go'' in a public park when he was mistaken for a suspected bank robber, surrounded by police and searched at gunpoint. Faith Ekakitie writes on Facebook that he feared for his life Wednesday in Iowa City. He explains that a bank had been robbed nearby and that he matched the suspect's description...
Via AP on Fox
July 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Iowa football player held at gunpoint by police while playing Pokemon Go

Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie was minding his own business while walking around in search of Pokemon in popular GPS-gaming app, Pokemon Go, when he had the scare of a lifetime. Police held Ekakitie at gun point as the officers searched him in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Ekakitie shared his terrifying experience with a Facebook post, in which he puts...
Via The Comeback
July 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Iowa Hawkeyes Player Stopped By Police While Playing Pokemon

Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie had an unusual run-in with the law, which he said made him fear for his life. According to Ekakitie, he was stopped by police in a park Wednesday while playing the new – and extremely popular – game, Pokemon Go. The police believed the lineman was a burglar who had just robbed a bank ten minutes earlier. Ekakitie wrote a Facebook post stating...
Via Gamedayr
July 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Iowa DE Faith Ekakitie has guns pulled on him by police while playing ‘Pokemon Go’

Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end Fath Ekakitie took to social media to open up about a scary situation where he feared for his life. Earlier this week, Ekakitie says he was mistaken for a bank robber while playing the popular “Pokemon Go” game as he listened to music blaring. Unfortunately, because of his headphones, Ekakitie says he did not hear police initially ask him to turn around...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 24, 2016  |  Discuss

An Iowa DE Had Guns Drawn On Him By Police While Playing ‘Pokemon Go’

An Iowa football player was mistaken for a bank robber while playing Pokemon Go.  Hawkeyes’ defensive end Faith Ekakitie wrote in a post on Facebook on Wednesday that he was mistaken for a criminal while playing the popular video game on his phone. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman was at an Iowa City park playing Pokemon Go while police were out searching for a bank...
Via College Spun
July 24, 2016  |  Discuss
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