LB coach Wallace now defendant in ex-Iowa players' lawsuit
Iowa linebackers coach Seth Wallace has been added as a defendant in lawsuit filed against the university and athletic department personnel by former football players alleging they were discriminated against and harassed because they are Black.
Iowa QB Petras fighting for job after offense underperforms
When a team is coming off a season in which it had one of the worst offenses in the nation, all options are open to fix it. The battle this spring is between veteran starter Spencer Petras and Alex Padilla. Petras, who missed three games because of injury last season, has started 19 of the last 20 in which he's appeared.news.yahoo.com
Iowa coach disbands diversity group created after 2020 probe
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants. The Gazette reports that Ferentz’ decision to end the committee came shortly after its leader, former offensive lineman David Porter, suggested it was time for Iowa to part ways with Ferentz. In 2020, the university hired the Husch Blackwell law firm to review the program after dozens of former players, most of them Black, spoke out on social media to allege racial disparities and mistreatment.news.yahoo.com
Jackson’s Olando Trader becomes a Hawkeye
JACKSON -- Olando Trader made it official on Wednesday. “I knew I was going into something where there were slim odds the coaches were going anywhere, I was going into a program that is very successful,” Trader said. Michigan and Michigan State made late pushes to land him as well, but he said it was not enough to change his mind. “It’s a place that’s embraced him and it’s embraced the process and embraced the football program,” Farley said. “It’s a really good day for our football program and for our school.”Trader, who was born in Liberia, arrived in Jackson when he was seven.mlive.com
Hawkeyes live for upsets, say Ann Arbor-area Iowa fans ready for the Big Ten championship game
YPSILANTI, MI - Iowa Hawkeye fans have a reputation for being nice as heck. 2-ranked Michigan for the Big Ten championship game on Saturday, Dec. 4, Ann Arbor-area Iowa fans, such as Wendt, will remind you their Hawkeyes live for upsets. While going to high school in Troy, Wendt noticed the animosity of the 50-50 split of Michigan and Michigan State fans. 2-ranked Michigan team played Iowa, one of those upsets Wendt mentioned happened, as Iowa kicked a last-second field goal to triumph 14-13 in Iowa City. That means football game watch parties in Grand Rapids or Mount Pleasant, mentoring high school students or organizing help for older alumni with things as simple as raking leaves.mlive.com
Iowa names starting quarterback, updates injury situation entering Michigan matchup
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was asked point blank on Tuesday what it would take for the Hawkeyes to beat Michigan in Saturday’s Big Ten football championship. Michigan is a 10.5-point favorite in this game -- not an astronomical number, but large for a conference championship tilt. Ferentz, continuing his answer to the aforementioned question during a press conference in Iowa City, referenced Iowa’s game against Michigan in 2016. “I told the team the fun part about these games is you really have to be at your best each and every play,” Ferentz said. He had three interceptions this season; Iowa will miss his 49 games’ worth of experience.mlive.com
Wolverine Confidential podcast: How Michigan dominated Ohio State, and what’s next
The Wolverines dominated Ohio State 42-27 on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverine Confidential crew discuses what Michigan did to pull off the upset -- which really didn’t look like an upset at all. + The postgame mayhemPlus, a brief discussion about Michigan’s Big Ten championship with Iowa and a potential College Football Playoff invitation. 97Big Ten championship game sold out; Michigan, Iowa fans must pay up on secondary marketMichigan’s stunning win reignites rivalry with Ohio StateIowa’s Kirk Ferentz applauds Michigan for sticking with Jim HarbaughBeating Ohio State checks off one goal for Michigan football, but it still wants goldJim Harbaugh: Aidan Hutchinson should go No. 1 in NFL draftFor the first time in forever, Ohio State feels pain of a Michigan loss: ‘It’s a failure’mlive.com
In Big Ten championship prep, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will lose sleep over Michigan’s No. 97
But as Ferentz, Iowa’s head coach, watched tape in his office of Michigan’s dominant win over Ohio State and saw the havoc No. That’s what you’re looking at with 97.”In what will not be news to Michigan fans, Ferentz is referring to Aidan Hutchinson. The senior defensive end is part of a well-rounded Michigan team that Ferentz and the Hawkeyes will face on Saturday night in Indianapolis. Related: Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz applauds Michigan for sticking with Jim HarbaughMoving the ball figures to be a challenge for Iowa. Ferentz knows Ohio State’s offensive line is an impressive group, and yet Michigan’s edge rushers, which also include David Ojabo (No.mlive.com
Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz applauds Michigan for sticking with Jim Harbaugh
And so he appreciates not just how Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan team plays, but the fact that Harbaugh is still the coach. “You want to talk about old school, that’s an old-school approach, to actually stick with a coach,” Ferentz said. “Credit to (Michigan), credit to their administration, their leadership.”Ferentz and Harbaugh will square off in Saturday’s Big Ten championship in Indianapolis. “Jim’s a great person, an outstanding coach,” Ferentz said of the 57-year-old Harbaugh. “A lot of credit to the administration at Michigan for sticking with the course and letting things play out,” Ferentz said.mlive.com
Without Bielema, Illini out to end No. 18 Iowa's dominance
The Iowa-Illinois football rivalry is nothing like it was decades ago. Illinois’ last win came in 2008, and the teams didn’t play again until 2014 when they were put together in the Big Ten West Division. Iowa has had two shutouts in the streak, including a 63-0 rout in Champaign in 2018.news.yahoo.com
Late stops let No. 19 Iowa beat Minnesota 27-22, keep Floyd
Iowa quarterback Alex Padilla is described by coach Kirk Ferentz as “even-keeled.” Padilla threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 19 Iowa withstood three fourth-quarter comeback attempts to beat Minnesota 27-22 and keep the bronze pig trophy for the seventh year in a row.news.yahoo.com
Judge delays depositions for Ferentzes in racial bias case
A federal judge has ruled that Iowa's head football coach, Kirk Ferentz, and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz will not have to spend the team’s bye week answering questions from lawyers for Black former players who say they suffered discrimination.
Self-made LB Jack Campbell reaches new heights with Hawkeyes
Jack Campbell remembers the questions about him when he was being recruited. Now in his third year in the program, no one thinks Campbell is miscast as a linebacker. “He just sets a tone with the way he plays,” safety Jack Koerner said.news.yahoo.com
Petras' no-picks streak on line in No. 5 Iowa's game vs Rams
A quick glance at the statistics would indicate Iowa's Spencer Petras is an average Big Ten quarterback. One number pops out, though, and illustrates a major reason the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes (3-0) have won nine straight games. The second-year starter hasn’t thrown an interception since early in the second quarter of the Nov. 27 game against Nebraska, a streak of 22 quarters entering Saturday's final nonconference game against Colorado State (1-2).news.yahoo.com
Jags' Meyer, Baalke subpoenaed in Iowa discrimination suit
The Jacksonville Jaguars said Wednesday that coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke were subpoenaed as part of a lawsuit filed by lawyers for Black players suing former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle for discrimination. The team said Meyer and Baalke submitted a written response to the subpoena, which is seeking information about the Jaguars’ decision to hire and then fire Doyle in January.news.yahoo.com
Jaguars split with accused racist strength coach Chris Doyle
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018, file photo, Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle walks on the field before an NCAA college football game between Iowa and Northern Illinois in Iowa City, Iowa. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer defended the hiring of former Iowa assistant Chris Doyle on Thursday, Feb. 11, 20201, by saying he vetted him thoroughly along with our general manager and owner. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)The Jacksonville Jaguars and embattled strength coach Chris Doyle parted ways Friday night, a few hours after a respected diversity group blasted the team and called the recent hiring “simply unacceptable.”Coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke said Doyle resigned and they accepted. “Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville,” Meyer and Baalke said in a statement. AdHiring Doyle rekindled memories of Meyer protecting assistant coach Zach Smith for years at Ohio State.
Jags' Meyer defends hiring ex-Iowa coach accused of racism
FILE - Ohio State NCAA college football head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during a news conference announcing his retirement in Columbus, Ohio, in this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, file photo. A lawyer for 13 Black ex-Iowa football players has filed a lawsuit alleging his clients suffered racial discrimination under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz. Hiring Doyle rekindled memories of Meyer protecting assistant coach Zach Smith for years at Ohio State. AdMeyer also made former Louisville, Texas and South Florida coach Charlie Strong his assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach. Meyer kept seven holdovers from fired coach Doug Marrone’s staff, including veteran offensive line coach George Warhop, cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, nickel cornerbacks coach Joe Danna and assistant linebackers coach Tony Gilbert.
Music City Bowl between Iowa and Missouri canceled
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)The Music City Bowl between Missouri and Iowa was canceled Sunday because COVID-19 issues left the Tigers unable to play. The game scheduled for Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, is the second bowl called off since the postseason lineup was set on Dec. 20, joining the Gasparilla Bowl. Overall, 18 bowl games scheduled to be played this season have been canceled. Missouri is the third Southeastern Conference team that has had to pull out of its bowl game, joining Tennessee and South Carolina. The Music City Bowl seemed to be in danger last week because Iowa paused football activities due to COVID-19 cases, but the Hawkeyes resumed practice this weekend.
The Latest: 8 German players test positive at world juniors
The school said Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, the players have decided to opt out of any potential bowl game. The IIHF also said two members of Sweden’s team staff tested positive. The network did not say if Michaels had tested positive or had been in contact with someone who had tested positive. The Huskies said in a statement that no one from their program was in close contact with the individual who tested positive at Seton Hall. Ferentz is the 23rd FBS coach to reveal publicly that he tested positive for the virus.
Early look at red-hot Iowa, Michigan’s next opponent
Iowa enters Saturday’s Week 9 matchup against Michigan as one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. “Going into the game we knew it was going to be a tough defensive battle,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said after the game. “A big game for him today. What to expect from Michigan football during early signing periodPotential fireworks during early signing period? Plus 3 other Michigan storylines we’re watching this weekMichigan football opens as big underdog vs. Iowamlive.com
Around the Big Ten: temperature checks on 14 head coaches
What about the rest of the Big Ten’s head coaches? Fleck, Minnesota; Jeff Brohm, PurdueLet’s start with a disclaimer: All these coaches are very safe for the timing being. It’s unclear whether the Terps will be able to take the field this coming Saturday against Michigan State. The Big Ten has been mostly spared: Before Maryland, only Wisconsin had suffered an outbreak that required canceled games. In the season opener, he led Rutgers to its first Big Ten win in three years.mlive.com
Big Ten teams have losing record at home with fan-free games
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan’s football players charged out of the Big House tunnel and leaped to touch a banner at midfield, following a tradition that has made 100,000-plus fans roar for decades. All five Big Ten teams that hosted games last Saturday lost. That bleak day dropped the overall record for home games in the conference to 6-7 during the COVID-19 pandemic that has sharply limited attendance at the stadiums. Of course, the Big Ten is just two games into its pandemic-shortened, eight-game season. Each Michigan players was allowed to have four tickets for family and friends last week while Michigan State's football program was given 300 tickets to distribute.
Big Ten Teams Have Losing Record At Home So Far With Fan-Free Games
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s football players charged out of the Big House tunnel and leaped to touch a banner at midfield, following a tradition that has made 100,000-plus fans roar for decades. All five Big Ten teams that hosted games last Saturday lost. That bleak day dropped the overall record for home games in the conference to 6-7 during the COVID-19 pandemic that has sharply limited attendance at the stadiums. Of course, the Big Ten is just two games into its pandemic-shortened, eight-game season. Each Michigan players was allowed to have four tickets for family and friends last week while Michigan State’s football program was given 300 tickets to distribute.detroit.cbslocal.com
Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette suspended vs. Michigan State following arrest
“I was disappointed to learn that Ihmir Smith-Marsette made a number of dangerous and potentially harmful decisions early this morning,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a released statement. "Ihmir will be suspended for Saturday’s game against Michigan State. Iowa owns a 23-22-2 edge in the all-time series against Michigan State but has dropped three straight. The Spartans won the last matchup 17-10 in East Lansing in 2017 and Michigan State’s last trip to Iowa resulted in a 26-14 win in 2013. Related Michigan State football stories:Michigan State picks up votes in AP Top 25, Coaches PollMichigan State opens as a touchdown-plus underdog against winless IowaUp next for Michigan State: Iowa is 0-2 for first time in two decades‘He does not flinch’: Antjuan Simmons comes up big for Michigan State’s defense vs. MichiganMichigan State WR Ricky White breaks freshman record to key win at Michiganmlive.com
Around the Big Ten: Penn State star RB could miss season
There was a time when this seemed doubtful, as the conference tried to figure out a safe way to play football during a pandemic. “We’re grateful to Ohio State,” Frost said Monday during a video conference call with reporters. “It’s strange where you find allies in certain things, and I think we had an ally in Ohio State to try to get the season played. A few other Big Ten notes:Northwestern announced on Friday that four players had opted out of the season. Ohio State will not have its marching band or mascot, Brutus the Buckeye, at games this season.mlive.com
Doyle out as Iowa strength coach after mistreatment claims
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018, file photo, Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle walks on the field before an NCAA college football game between Iowa and Northern Illinois, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)IOWA CITY, Iowa Iowa cut ties with strength coach Chris Doyle on Monday, announcing a separation agreement that will pay him more than $1.1 million after former Hawkeyes accused him of mistreating and belittling African American players. The university and I have reached an agreement and it is time to move on from Iowa football. Doyle agreed not to take any legal action against the university, the board of regents or state of Iowa. There are too many racial disparities in the Iowa football program.
Iowa players voice unity amid racism allegations in program
Iowa football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle has been placed on administrative leave after several black former players posted on social media about what they described as systemic racism in the program. None complained directly about his treatment inside the Iowa program. There are too many racial disparities in the Iowa football program. Black players have been treated unfairly for far too long, Daniels wrote. I'll put you back on the streets, Doyle told the teammate, according to Rugamba.
Iowa strength coach denies 'unethical behavior or bias'
IOWA CITY, Iowa IOWA CITY, IowaIowa football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle denies any unethical behavior or bias based on race after being accused by several former players of contributing to what they allege is systemic racism in the program. Doyle was placed on administrative leave Saturday, part of a decision made by coach Kirk Ferentz in what he called a defining moment for Iowas football program. Several black former players posted on social media Friday night about issues they saw in the football program, attributing many of them to Doyle. At no time have I ever crossed the line of unethical behavior or bias based on race. There are countless men of character who are better fathers, husbands, activists, leaders and contributors to society due to their experience at Iowa Football.
Wisconsin football vs. Iowa: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
16 Wisconsin looks to stay in contention for the Big Ten West Division title when it hosts 18th-ranked Iowa on Saturday in the battle for the Heartland Trophy. The last couple of games havent gone like we wanted them to, Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst told reporters. Wisconsin has won six of the last seven meetings with Iowa. Taylor is the only running back in the country who has played eight or fewer games but has more than 13 touchdowns. PREDICTION: Wisconsin 27, Iowa 21
Iowa football vs. Northwestern: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
"I wish we were rushing for 250 a game in a perfect world," Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz told reporters. "Continually beating ourselves," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told reporters. "He's ascending, playing with more confidence, more decisiveness than a year ago," Ferentz told reporters of Moss. "There's been a change in leadership and that's not to say the leaders aren't doing a good job," quarterback Aidan Smith told reporters. PREDICTION: Iowa 17, Northwestern 9More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Michigan football vs. Iowa: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines scores a first quarter touchdown while playing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 14 Iowa looks for its first 5-0 start since 2014 when it travels to Ann Arbor on Saturday to face 18th-ranked Michigan in Big Ten play. LINE: Michigan -3.5"It's always exciting to go up there and it's always a tough challenge," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told reporters. Iowa has won five of the last six meetings with Michigan. PREDICTION: Michigan 24, Iowa 21More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Michigan football vs. Iowa: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
14 Iowa looks for its first 5-0 start since 2014 when it travels to Ann Arbor on Saturday to face 18th-ranked Michigan in Big Ten play. LINE: Michigan -3.5"It's always exciting to go up there and it's always a tough challenge," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told reporters. Iowa has won five of the last six meetings with Michigan. The Wolverines have won 10 consecutive home games dating back to last season. PREDICTION: Michigan 24, Iowa 21More college football scores
Difficult schedule creates really ugly worst-case scenario for this Michigan football season
Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. Toughest challengesFrom what we've seen so far this season, Michigan will be a heavy underdog in three more games. 5 Ohio State might be the third-best team in the country behind Alabama and Clemson. 25 Michigan State appears to have figured out some of its offensive woes, scoring 31 points in a convincing win over Northwestern. This year's game is sandwiched between Michigan State and Ohio State, which means the Wolverines simply can't afford to overlook Indiana.
Iowa football vs. Iowa State: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State struggled in its season opener against Northern Iowa but got an extra week to prepare for its biggest nonconference rival while sitting out Week 2. Iowa State needed three overtimes to earn a 29-26 victory over Northern Iowa and was happy for the extra week off to make necessary adjustments after the lackluster debut. "It's really good to have an opportunity to step back and say, 'Is what we're doing the right thing? "Iowa State has done a great job, and one of the secrets behind their success is the way they have been playing defense the last two years. PREDICTION: Iowa 27, Iowa State 24More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Iowa football vs. Rutgers: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes waits with his team prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on Nov. 11, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa has big plans for this season and getting off to a strong start in Big Ten play is of paramount importance. "It is much like a first game," Ferentz told the school's athletic website. "It's just experience," Ferentz told reporters of Sargent. PREDICTION: Iowa 38, Rutgers 13More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Iowa football vs. Miami: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
IOWA CITY - The Big Ten West looks wide open heading into 2019, and Iowa has just as much a chance to take the title as any other team. "Our focus, our goals are to become a championship-level football team," Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz told reporters at media day earlier in August. "We've got three young guys who can make plays," Miami coach Chuck Martin told the school's athletic website. The Hawkeyes are 17-1 in their last 18 season openers, including a 45-21 triumph over Miami (Ohio) in the 2016 opener. PREDICTION: Iowa 38, Miami (Ohio) 17More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Iowa football vs. Michigan State Spartans: TV, time, game preview, live score
The Hawkeyes fell at home on a final-play touchdown against nationally-ranked Penn State, while the Spartans were blown out by long-time rival Notre Dame. The Spartans outgained the Irish by more than 140 yards but were hurt by three turnovers and nine penalties for almost 100 yards. ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (2-1, 0-0):Turnovers have been a big focus for the Michigan State coaches this week, and more than just the ones that have cost the offense the ball eight times so far this season. Lewerke had 396 yards of total offense (340 passing, 56 rushing) against Notre Dame, the fourth-highest single-game total in school history. 1 in the nation in third-down conversion defense entering last weekend (3-of-28), the Spartans allowed the Irish to convert 8-of-14 third downs.