'Hawk Truck' delivers relief goods in Oklahoma

Hawkeyes, Sooners link up to lend a hand to tornado victims

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I spent the last week fishing in the northwoods of Wisconsin. When I received this e-mail, I immediately wished I was home so I could do more.

Playing a little catch up on this, but I wanted to post something on the "Hawk Truck" making a delivery to the tornado victims of Moore, OK.

The "Hawk Truck" is the official Hawkeye transport for equipment. It's really TanTara Transportation out of Muscatine and president Mike Riggan. Here's a really great Daily Iowan piece on the Hawk Truck. And here's a phenomenal photo gallery from the TanTara website.

Former Iowa players rounded up donations in Iowa City and delivered them to Muscatine. The Hawk Truck took it the rest of the way, leaving on Sunday and arriving in Oklahoma on Monday morning.

It was met by a busload of players from the Oklahoma football team. They helped unload. OU coach Bob Stoops helped out, too.

The Oklahoma football Twitter account tweeted out a few photos Monday morning and afternoon.

And Iowa just put out a release that will be able to fill in the details a little better than I did above:

Hawkeyes and Sooners Work Together to Help Oklahoma Disaster Relief

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The semi-trailers that haul the University of Iowa football team’s equipment to each road venue took on a much larger role for the people in tornado-stricken Oklahoma.

Mike Riggan, the president of TanTara Transportation Corporation from Muscatine, Iowa, and the designer of the Hawkeye football semis, led the efforts in collecting food and other goods to assist the areas affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.  The items were delivered to a Food Bank today, where members of the Oklahoma football team offered their assistance.

“On behalf of myself, Carol and everyone at the University of Oklahoma, we really appreciate the generosity of the people of the state of Iowa,” said OU head coach and former Hawkeye Bob Stoops.  “It’s really incredible that the people of Iowa brought truckloads of food here to the Food Bank.

“I spent 10 years -- five playing and five as a young assistant at Iowa -- and to see the Iowa Hawkeye trucks here is pretty special.”

UI head coach Kirk Ferentz reached out to Stoops a week ago, filling him in on Riggan’s plan on collecting the goods and delivering them to Oklahoma.

“Kirk called me and said ‘Hey, we want to send a couple of trucks down to help the people in Oklahoma,’ said Stoops.  “(Mike Riggan) has the Iowa football trucks heading that way.  Can you have some guys help unload it or will you be there?’  I said, ‘Absolutely.’

The timing of the delivery of goods ended up corresponding with the return of the Sooner players to campus for summer classes and workouts.

“I’ve got all my big linemen (out helping),” said Stoops.  “They’re the right ones to unload a truck.  We’ve got all them up to try and help out.  We’ll continue to do what we can and try to jump in and help people in different ways.”

Stoops is an 1983 graduate of the University of Iowa, while his wife, Carol, is also an Iowa alum and a native of Cresco, Iowa.

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