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Iowa players' bobbleheads become grounds for teasing

Hawkeyes' Uthoff sent his back, leading to teammates' laughs

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IOWA CITY — Iowa senior Jarrod Uthoff saw a mock-up of his bobblehead doll and sent it back.

“I’m not one to complain about something like that, but they gave me a chinstrap,” Uthoff said with a laugh. “I’ve got an issue with that.

“It had a chinstrap. I’ve never had a chinstrap in my life.”

Fran McCaffery began a tradition in his first season at Iowa where every scholarship senior gets a bobblehead night. Such is the case this year with Uthoff (Dec. 22), Mike Gesell (Dec. 6), Anthony Clemmons (Nov. 15) and now Adam Woodbury taking turns. The first 1,500 fans to tonight’s game against Nebraska receive a Woodbury bobblehead.

Woodbury teased Uthoff after he wanted changes to his bobblehead. In fact, Woodbury brought it up to reporters on Monday.

“We made fun of Jarrod’s (bobblehead) a lot because he actually got to see (it),” Woodbury said. “He didn’t like the first reconstruction so he made them redo it. I always make fun of Jarrod whenever I can. It was good to get after him for his bobblehead. I’m sure he’s going to repay me.”

Yes, Uthoff will.

“That will be a topic of conversation, I’m sure,” Uthoff said. “He’s always giving me a hard time. We always give each other a hard time.”

The odd part is the players cannot receive a bobblehead per NCAA rules. None of them leave the arena with extra bobbleheads, at least provided by the university.

“I’m sure my parents are going to wait in line like everybody else and try to snag one or two of them,” Woodbury said. “They’re more excited about it than me. It will be cool to have a bobblehead, but I’m all about winning the game.”

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