Pat Harty writes an interesting story on Brad Banks in Hawk Central today. Banks had one shining moment, or one great season…for that 2002 campaign and improbably Heisman runner up finish, he’s an Iowa legend forever. If you were too young to recall that season, give this a read and familiarize yourself with a player who was one of the most fun to watch in Iowa history and a guy who had one of the greatest seasons ever enjoyed by an Iowa quarterback playing on one of the three best Iowa football teams in history.
Gary Barta was on College Football Live talking about the Big Ten’s ‘No FCS’ decision. It sounds as though Iowa may try to keep their scheduled games with UNI but won’t add anymore going forward. I don’t want to pick nits with Barta, but this quote seems worthy: “..they’ve (UNI) beaten many Big Ten programs…” Many? Going back 30 years, I wouldn’t even use the phrase ‘they’ve played many Big Ten programs.’ They played Wisconsin last year and have played Iowa several times. Then the next team from the Big Ten was Minnesota in 1987, which is 26 years ago, and they lost that one. I looked at their games back to the late 1960’s and stopped there. UNI is a great FCS program, but they haven’t beaten ‘many’ Big Ten teams. Any?
Kirk Ferentz had a simple message for his players: If you want to play night games, win more games. ““One thing about sports — if you win, good things come with it,” Ferentz said. “When you lose, it’s not so good. It’s simple. It’s a level playing field. Go win.” I am sure Kirk was talking to himself and the coaching staff, too and not just leveling last year’s poor results at the level of his players. While football is a lot about execution, it’s still some about choosing not to attack vertically downfield and trying to mesh what you have done on offense for 14 years with what your newly hired offensive coordinator has done for longer and having the results be one of the worst Iowa offenses in the modern era. If that doesn’t change (ie if Greg Davis isn’t given the keys to the good car, not the grocery getter), then Iowa not being on in prime time is probably a good thing.