Catching up: Schedules, Kids Day and such

Kids Day boots 5 p.m. on Aug. 17

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I've been out for two weeks. Let's catch up a bit. (I post a lot of this stuff for my reference, and thus for our reference. I do search the blog for stuff, specifically schedules.)

Let's start with schedules.

The Big Ten released the 2016-17 conference schedules, so then Iowa kicked out its 2016-17 non-conference, which unveiled a game with Miami (Ohio).

Iowa meets Penn State as the crossover in both years. Rutgers in '16 and Michigan in '17. Remember, it's nine Big Ten conference games, so the schedule is B1G tougher and the "mystery" non-conference games have been whittled to two (with the known being ISU). (One note on ISU: BYU-Utah are taking three years off -- 2014-16 -- and will resume their "Holy Way" in 2017. This sounds like a case of taking some time off from each other and then realizing that, hey, we don't like this. Food for thought for Iowa-ISU.)

Here's Iowa's release:


Park Ridge, Ill. -- The Big Ten office announced the conference football schedules for the 2016 and 2017 seasons today, as approved by the Big Ten Directors of Athletics. The schedules consist of nine league games each season, with Iowa playing five road games in 2016 and five conference home games in 2017.

Iowa’s Big Ten schedule in 2016 includes homes game against Northwestern, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska.  Iowa opens Big Ten play Oct. 1, hosting Northwestern.  Iowa plays at Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers, Penn State, and Illinois.  The nonconference slate in 2016 includes three straight home games against Miami (Ohio), Iowa State, and North Dakota State.  The first football game between Iowa and Rutgers will take place Oct. 29.

In 2017, Iowa is slated for nonconference games with Iowa State in Ames and North Texas in Iowa City.  An additional nonconference contest is yet to be added.  Big Ten home opponents include Illinois, Penn State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Purdue.  The Hawkeyes will travel to Michigan State for the Big Ten opener on Sept. 30 and also visit Northwestern, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

The Heroes Game, matching Iowa and Nebraska, is scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving in both 2016 and 2017.

Iowa will play the other six members of the West Division in each of the two seasons.  Non-division games in 2016 include Rutgers, Penn State and Michigan.  The Hawkeyes plan non-division foes Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State the following season.

Beginning in 2014, the Big Ten football division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers in the East Division, and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin in the West Division.

The Big Ten will hold the 2013 Football Media Days and 42nd annual Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 and 25, at the Hilton Chicago, featuring all 12 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players. The 118th season of Big Ten football kicks off Thursday, Aug. 29, and culminates with the third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7. The winner of the title game will earn the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in either the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.

Here are Iowa’s football schedules for both 2016 and 2017:

Sept. 3        Miami (Ohio)

Sept. 10      Iowa State

Sept. 17      North Dakota State

Sept. 24      Open

Oct. 1         Northwestern*

Oct. 8         at Minnesota*

Oct. 15       at Purdue*

Oct. 22       Wisconsin*

Oct. 29       at Rutgers

Nov. 5        at Penn State

Nov. 12      Michigan

Nov. 19      at Illinois*

Nov. 25      Nebraska*

Sept. 2        Open

Sept. 9        at Iowa State

Sept. 16      North Texas

Sept. 23      Open

Sept. 30      at Michigan State

Oct. 7         Illinois*

Oct. 14       Penn State

Oct. 21       at Northwestern*

Oct. 28       Minnesota*

Nov. 4        Ohio State

Nov. 11      at Wisconsin*

Nov. 18      Purdue*

Nov. 24      at Nebraska*

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told us the three Hawkeyes -- James Morris, Christian Kirksey, Brent Van Sloten -- participating in the Big Ten media days next week in Chicago.

Here are the other 33.

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced today the 36 student-athletes scheduled to attend the 2013 Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW, held Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 and 25, at the Hilton Chicago. The 42nd annual luncheon will feature 19 returning All-Big Ten selections and all 12 head coaches.

The Kickoff Luncheon begins on Thursday, July 25, at 10 a.m. CT with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., with comments from all 12 coaches and Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient John Urschel of Penn State. The All-Big Ten offensive lineman and Academic All-American will speak on behalf of the players in attendance.

The list of student-athletes scheduled to attend includes 19 All-Big Ten selections from last season. The list also includes the reigning Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year in Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in Michigan’s Taylor Lewan. In addition to Lewan, Miller and Urschel, other previous first-team All-Conference honorees include Michigan State’s Max Bullough and Darqueze Dennard, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, Ohio State’s Bradley Roby and Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis and Chris Borland.

Attendees who have earned second-team All-Big Ten honors include Northwestern’s Venric Mark, Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort and Purdue’s Ricardo Allen. Previous honorable mention All-Conference honorees scheduled to appear at the event are Indiana’s Mitch Ewald and Greg Heban, Iowa’s James Morris, Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, Nebraska’s Ciante Evans and Northwestern’s Kain Colter and Tyler Scott. The full list of attendees can be found below.

A limited number of tickets remain available for $100 per seat or $1,000 per table (10 seats). Contact Sue Immekus at the Big Ten office at 847-696-1010, ext. 122, or to purchase tickets.

The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually attracts some of the most talented names in college sports. The event has drawn legendary coaches as well as each of the conference’s Heisman Trophy winners since 1970. In all, nearly 850 of the conference’s finest players, over 60 head coaches and more than 47,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.

Christian Kirksey, Sr., LB

James Morris, Sr., LB*

Brett Van Sloten, Sr., OL

Devin Gardner, Jr., QB

Thomas Gordon, Sr., S

Taylor Lewan, Sr., LT*

Max Bullough, Sr., LB*

Darqueze Dennard, Sr., CB*

Blake Treadwell, Sr., OG

Ra’Shede Hageman, Sr., DT*

Donnell Kirkwood, Jr., RB

Brock Vereen, Sr., S

Quincy Enunwa, Sr., WR

Ciante Evans, Sr., CB*

Taylor Martinez, Sr., QB*

Kain Colter, Sr., QB*

Venric Mark, Sr., RB*

Tyler Scott, Sr., DE*

Tim Kynard, Sr., DL

Corey Lewis, Sr., OT

Nathan Scheelhaase, Sr., QB

Mitch Ewald, Sr., K*

Greg Heban, Sr., S*

Kofi Hughes, Sr., WR

Jack Mewhort, Sr., OT*

Braxton Miller, Jr., QB*

Bradley Roby, Jr., CB*

Glenn Carson, Sr., LB

John Urschel, Sr., G*

Malcolm Willis, Sr., S

Ricardo Allen, Sr., CB*

Bruce Gaston, Sr., DT

Gabe Holmes, Sr., TE

Jared Abbrederis, Sr., WR*

Chris Borland, Sr., LB*

James White, Sr., RB

* indicates previous All-Big Ten selection

Did you know Iowa sports was on 590 in Omaha? I didn't.

Here's a release from the UI telling you about their new deal. The fact that Omaha is adding men's hoops tells you where the expectations are headed for the Iowa men in 2013-14.


Men’s Basketball Coverage Added to Complement Football

CORALVILLE, Iowa (July 9, 2013) -- Hawkeye Sports Properties, University of Iowa Athletics’ exclusive multimedia rights holder, announced today a partnership extension with Journal Broadcast Group, calling for AM 590 Omaha’s ESPN Radio to carry the Hawkeyes for another three years.

The new term goes into effect with the upcoming 2013-14 athletic season.  The 5,000-watt ESPN affiliate will continue its presence on the Hawkeye Radio Network, which is overseen and managed by Hawkeye Sports Properties, Learfield Sports’ local entity.  In addition to broadcasting all related programming for University of Iowa football, the station will air all men’s basketball games and coach’s shows under the new agreement.  Other broadcasts include the weekly Hawk Talk and Daily Hawkeye Update.

"It’s hard to believe three years have already passed since we started airing Iowa Hawkeye football,” said Mark Todd, AM 590 director of operations.  “We’re proud and excited to continue our alliance with Learfield Sports and Hawkeye football for another three years, while expanding our coverage with Hawkeye basketball.  We’re thrilled to have the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big Ten take a more prominent role on one of the biggest signals in the Midwest."

“AM 590 has been a great partner for us, serving Hawkeye fans in both western Iowa and eastern Nebraska, spanning six states and 222 counties,” said Hawkeye Sports Properties’ General Manager Gabe Aguirre.  “We know fans in that reach also must be thrilled to have men’s basketball coverage starting this fall as well.”

In addition to the University of Iowa, Learfield Sports holds the respective multimedia rights for seven additional Big Ten Conference members – Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.  Its Big Ten Sports Properties’ entity drives the corporate partner platform for the conference as well.  Learfield Sports’ collegiate portfolio totals more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations.  The company also titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup and provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,100 U.S. radio stations.  For more, visit

All three of Iowa's linebackers were named to the Butkus watch list.

This is my last mention of watch lists for the season. Play well, block, tackle, catch, run, pass and then be on a list when it matters.



IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa senior linebackers Christian Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens have been named to the 2013 Butkus Award Watch List.

The Butkus Award is annually given to the best linebacker at three separate levels. One professional, collegiate, and high school player have been honored since 2008. The collegiate Butkus Award Watch List consists of 51 candidates from 37 universities, and is in its 29th year.

In addition to his selection to the Butkus Award Watch List, Hitchens was named preseason third team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and College Sports Madness, as well as the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.

Hitchens earned honorable mention recognition from the Big Ten coaches and media after starting 11 games last season, missing one game with an injury. He led the team with 124 tackles, while collecting 56 solo stops and 68 assists. The senior collected a career-high 19 tackles against Iowa State, led the Big Ten and ranked fifth in the nation with 11.2 tackles per game. He currently has 158 tackles in his career.

Morris has been a starting linebacker for the Hawkeyes since his true freshman season in 2010. Last season, he ranked third in the Big Ten and 31st in the nation in tackles per game (9.4). He ranks 16th in career tackles (293). He was named a Permanent Team Captain in 2012 while earning the Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award and the Players Choice Award on defense. Morris earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior after being named Freshman All-America by as a freshman.

The Solon, Iowa, native is also on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Nagurski Award, and the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy watch list. In addition, he has garnered preseason second team All-Big Ten honors from Athlon, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.

Kirksey collected 95 tackles as a junior, ranking ninth in the conference in tackles per contest (7.5). The St. Louis, Mo., native ranked first in the Big Ten and second in the nation with four recovered fumbles. He was one of eight players in the nation with two interception returns for touchdowns in 2012. Kirksey was named a Permanent Team Captain and winner of the Next Man in Award in 2012. Kirksey has 211 career tackles. He is also present on the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy Watch List, and was named preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.

The Rotary Lombardi award is given annually to the best lineman (offensive or defensive) or linebacker in Division I college football. Any Division I player who meets the conditions of the Lombardi award is eligible to receive it, regardless of if they were named to the initial watch list. The list will be periodically updated during the season before voting will determine 12 semifinalists. Four finalists will travel to Houston, Texas, on Dec. 11 for the presentation of the 44th Rotary Lombardi Award.

Finalists for the Butkus Award will be named on Nov. 26, and the winner will be notified on or before Dec. 10.

And finally, what you all came for, the Kids Day release.

It's a 5 p.m. deal, so sort of a night game and definitely in line with the 5 p.m. kickoff Iowa will face at Iowa State just a month out from Kids Day.

Here's that release:


IOWA CITY, Iowa - - The University of Iowa football team will stage its annual “Kids at Kinnick” day Saturday, Aug. 17.  Gates to Kinnick Stadium will open at 4 p.m. with the team’s practice scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

As in the past, student-athletes will sign autographs in front of the west and south stands, following the team’s approximate two-hour practice. Fans will have access to only the south and west grandstands during the practice session.

The UI Athletics Ticket Office will begin selling single-game tickets for Iowa’s seven home games to the general public Friday, July 12. There is a limit of four tickets per order for Iowa’s three non-conference home games and a limit of two tickets per order for the four Big Ten Conference games in Kinnick Stadium.

Single-game tickets are priced as follows: $70 each for Wisconsin and Michigan games; $65 each for Northern Illinois, Michigan State, and Northwestern; $60 for Western Michigan; and $55 for Missouri State.  Discount-priced youth tickets, for boys and girls high school-aged and younger, are available for the Northern Illinois, Missouri State, and Western Michigan games at a cost of $25 each.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS.  The UI Athletics Ticket Office, located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Iowa opens its 2013 season Saturday, Aug. 31st, hosting Northern Illinois (2:30 p.m., BTN).  Additional home games include Missouri State (Sept. 7), Western Michigan (Sept. 21), Michigan State (Oct. 5, Homecoming), Northwestern (Oct. 26), Wisconsin (Nov. 2) and Michigan (Nov. 23).

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