Final notes: A-Rob and the red jersey, Norm chant and the trophy
IOWA CITY — Adam Robinson’s day-after-game routine is almost as regimented as what the sophomore running back goes through on gameday.
Robinson said he sleeps in a few extra hours on Sundays but doesn’t stay in bed all day. After he’s moving, he heads to the Iowa football complex to allow trainers to view the bumps and bruises and recommend the right treatment.
“I’m definitely really sore,” Robinson said. “I’m kind of limping around. I come to the complex and get treatment, ice, whirlpool stuff like that. Sunday is definitely a vital recovery day.”
With the pounding Robinson has taken since Jewel Hampton was injured against Arizona — 81 carries in three games — trainers have stressed rest and proper nutrition to Robinson.
Unlike last year Robinson also now wears a red jersey in practice and is instructed to avoid all contact.
“The red jersey is there as kind of a red flag to make them back off a little bit,” Robinson said.
Fans to chant for Iowa’s Parker
More than 6,000 people have joined a Facebook group to encourage Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker in his fight against diabetes as of 1 p.m. Thursday.
The group’s mission is for Iowa fans to chant “Norm, Norm, Norm,” on every third down Wisconsin faces in Saturday’s game at Kinnick Stadium. Wednesday, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn was excited to hear about the chant.
“I think that’s great. He deserves it,” Clayborn said. “That’s pretty cool.”
Parker was hospitalized in early September because of diabetic complications. He later had his right foot amputated. Parker has coached in only one game this year, but Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said he could return as early as next week.
The winner of Saturday’s game keeps the Heartland Trophy until at least 2013. Iowa and Wisconsin, whose series dates to 1890 but began playing for the trophy in 2004, will not play until at least 2013 because the schools will compete in opposite Big Ten divisions starting next year.
That time lapse is important to Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema, a former Iowa team captain and assistant coach.
“That’s a big deal,” Bielema said. “So now it’s not just bragging rights for a year; it’s bragging rights for a number of years.”
Robinson said winning a traveling trophy adds prestige to a victory over a rival.
“Keeping trophies over here at Kinnick is definitely a goal that we want to keep and a tradition we want to keep around here,” he said.
Iowa has held possession of all three of its traveling trophies — Floyd of Rosedale (Minnesota), Heartland (Wisconsin) and Cy-Hawk (Iowa State) — since 2008.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz doesn't put more emphasis on the game because there is a trophy attached, however."To me the game is important regardless," he said. "If we weren't playing for a trophy, it would still be a very, very significant importance. All it means is that trophy's going to sit somewhere for a little bit longer. But I don't think anybody's going to be thinking about that on Saturday."