Monday's Hlist: K.C. Chiefs sent a squadron of execs to Iowa's Pro Day last week
Also, Big Ten almost a stranger to Major League Baseball these days
I'll try to have this feature a few times a week here, and see how it goes. It will be a morning collection of links, notes and videos I hope you find interesting. I'm calling it the Hlist, which is what I used to call a weekly notes package I did during college football season.
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Let us proceed.
Our first item quickly made the rounds in Iowa Sunday, but I don't assume you've seen it. If you have, skip right ahead to the next segment.
This story in Sunday's Kansas City Star by the Star's Kansas City Chiefs beat writer, Adam Teicher, is a virtual free recruiting brochure for the University of Iowa's football program.
It's a look at the visit Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, Coach Romeo Crennel, and two position coaches made to Iowa City last week for Iowa's Pro Day, and it has plenty of quotes that Hawkeye coaches can cut and paste when corresponding with recruits. Like:
"So many other teams runs spread offenses, and you don’t see a lot of guys playing the same type of game that’s being played in the National Football League,” Pioli said. “That’s not the case here. The other thing is, with offensive linemen out of Iowa, Kirk is an offensive line coach. Think of all the great offensive linemen that have come through here. I’ve watched him develop players. He’s a great teacher of fundamentals and techniques. They will understand the things we’re trying to teach at the next level much quicker.”
And: “I know I certainly will feel better about players from this program because it’s like an NFL program,” Pioli said. “Kirk runs things here like an NFL program. The other thing is, the players that come out of here, I know there’s not going to be a lot of surprises with them. I’m going to know what they are and who they are."
Now, there are a couple of things to know here. One, and it's made clear in Teicher's story, is that Pioli and Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz go back to the mid-1990s with the Cleveland Browns, and are good friends. If there were one college program Pioli would be happy to help get good publicity, it is Iowa.
Two, I'm surprised and kind of impressed that Pioli would give the Star such good access given the paper published this story by Kent Babb called "Arrowhead Anxiety."
Iowa's Pro Day was off-limits to in-state media, by the way. I'm not complaining, just putting it out there for those who might wonder why we didn't have our own stories from the event. Honestly, I'm not complaining. I've been to Pro Days. Unless you like watching guys run, jump and lift weights, they are boring.
The Big Ten Network told something I didn't know. Which is, the Big Ten has very few players on Major League Baseball spring-training rosters.
Just 17, in fact. Nebraska has the most, with five. Iowa has none.
I would have guessed the Big Ten didn't have nearly as many compared to warm-weather conferences, but just 17 across 30 teams?
Of those the Big Ten has in the bigs, the only "name players" are Nick Swisher, Joba Chamberlain, and J.J. Putz.
The last Big Ten team to win the College World Series was Minnesota in 1964. The Gophers also won it all in 1956 and 1960. The last Big Ten team to reach the national-title game was Ohio State, in 1965.
The last Big Ten program to reach the CWS was Nebraska in 2005. The last team to do it as a Big Ten member, however, was Michigan in 1984. That's 28 years ago, folks.
Iowa has been to one CWS, in 1972.
This Tweet came Sunday night from @chrispank:#Huskers baseball attendance Sunday: 5,266..All six other #B1G games announced attendance on Sunday COMBINED: 5,616.
So I went to the Cornhuskers' baseball page and learned Nebraska had over 5,000 fans for all three of its Friday-Saturday-Sunday games against Illinois.
Chad Christensen drove in four runs for the Huskers in their 13-3 win over the Illini Sunday. He is from Cedar Rapids Washington. He leads the Big Ten in home runs with six and RBIs with 33.
Iowa, meanwhile, beat Northwestern 3-1 Sunday to improve to 2-1 in the Big Ten, the same as Nebraska. The box score said the weather was "73 sunny and perfect!"
The attendance: 830.
Indiana's men's basketball team is going to stay good.
The Hoosiers made a quantum lead this season, going from rotten a year ago to the 2012 Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourney.
Next year, Tom Crean welcomes another strong recruiting class that includes guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell. Saturday, Yogi had 17 points, 12 assists (tying a state finals record) and nine rebounds as his Indianapolis Park Tudor team won its second-straight Class 2A state-title by beating Bowman Academy 79-57.
Ferrell is so good he makes passes off his opponents' heads for baskets.
And finally, Kentucky has a strategy for winning in basketball that has served it well so far this season.
"Said" Wildcats Coach John Calipari in this story by The Onion:
"I, on the other hand, am going to stick with what has worked so far: putting players on the court who make their opponents look like inept children and who will, in a few months, collectively take in tens of millions of dollars in the first round of the NBA draft."Based on UK's dismantling of Baylor Sunday to reach the Final Four, could Calipari have been blamed if he had actually said what The Onion made up?