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#OnIowaPod talks Iowa athletics under director Gary Barta and Learfield Directors' Cup standings

Gary Barta, athletics director at the University of Iowa, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new events arena in Coralville’s “River Landing” on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Developers have planned for the center to host a variety of events, from concerts to athletics, including University of Iowa athletics teams. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Gary Barta, athletics director at the University of Iowa, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new events arena in Coralville’s “River Landing” on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Developers have planned for the center to host a variety of events, from concerts to athletics, including University of Iowa athletics teams. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Every year at this time, you hold your breath for the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings.

Wait, you don’t hold your breath. Why would you? These are the standings for the big all-sports trophy among athletics departments. I’ll be up front, I really only care about football, but if you’re into this sort of thing and you’re an Iowa fan, you’re probably wondering where’s Iowa?

Well, we don’t know, but that didn’t stop us from grading these sports under athletics director Gary Barta.

I think The Athletic's Scott Dochterman and I were more than fair. I might’ve actually been a little nicer than Scott.

I know, will wonders never cease?

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