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Land of Ten’s Scott Dochterman and I probably talked too long today. It was reminiscent of the old days, driving to all of the Big Ten locales and figuring it all out.
Quick intro was a post I did asking Kirk Ferentz about recruiting areas for assistants. I think the headline there was Iowa is back in Florida and Ohio and kind of piecemealing it in Texas.
And then we skipped right to the main event — Iowa, Jane Meyer, Gary Barta, Tracey Griesbaum and what’s next?
None of the conclusions were particularly good for anyone.
Iowa looks “too big to fail.” If this were an HR procedural, the case study would be filed in the “how not to” tab. Iowa has announced it will investigate its processes. Maybe sweeping changes come. Lots of ambiguity was revealed. I’m not sure there’s enough caulk to fix all of it.
Iowa athletics director Gary Barta learned a $1.4 million lesson in documentation. B1G athletic directors shouldn’t have to learn that lesson, not in a courtroom and not with millions at stake.
The jury last week in Des Moines was unanimous when it found for Meyer in her case against the UI. Meyer’s five claims were gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, equal pay violation and whistleblower violation
So, now Iowa has an athletics director with that prominent in his Google search. How long can Iowa afford this? Maybe Iowa appeals, but for a sitting B1G athletics director, that’s a stain and it’s not coming out.
From my end, Meyer was unpleasant to deal with, but who cares? My problems aren’t your problems. Her attitude with media wasn’t out of line with how Iowa is overall. It was just turned up to 11. Scott has an excellent example of this in the pod. You should listen.
Griesbaum trail begins in early June. I wouldn’t be shocked if Iowa won. I picked Michigan over Iowa last year like 42-7 or something like that. I’m not about to get in the business of predicting what juries will do. I know even less about the law than I do football.
I asked the Twitter peoples what their over/unders are for Iowa football this year. I think the low was 4.5 wins. The high was 9 (I think there was one 9 out there).
I think that says you have a healthy skepticism for a team that has a new QB, new OC, one proven WR who missed spring with a bad foot and is looking for some depth at DT. Skepticism is warranted. You’re not a bad fan if your May over/under for Iowa victories is 5.5. There’s a difference between skepticism and cynicism. We had a few cynical tweets. You’re gonna have hop-ons.
I’m at 6 right now. Scott built a good case for more optimism. Iowa does have a terrific OL and Akrum Wadley. I know I have this in another post, but I want to say Iowa is 18-4 the last four or five years when it rushes 40-plus times a game. Can the Hawkeyes do that and win in the Big Ten West? Uh, yeah. It certainly can. It has. If the Hawkeyes march toward that 40-plus number, without being hardheaded about it, your 5.5 O/Us will be vulnerable.
We forgot about the NFL draft and got into that at the end. Scott embedded with former Iowa TE George Kittle. That was a good call.
— Time to go for Desmond King. You can let the muck of an unexpected drop in the draft pull you down, or you can work every minute and improve your standing on the Chargers and in the NFL.
King has pretty much said this, BTW.
— CJ Beathard will have to produce at some point, but that’s not right now.
— Scott is a Bears fan. I’m a Packers person. We both liked the Vikings taking Jaleel Johnson, so we both actually hate that pick.
— Can LeShun Daniels replace LeGarrette Blount as the big back in New England?