ON IOWA PODCAST

#oniowapod battles the polar vortex with Iowa football, basketball hot takes

Snow falls on the Nile Kinnick statue outside Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Snow falls on the Nile Kinnick statue outside Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

When it’s cold outside, you need some hot takes in your ears.

That’s where the On Iowa Podcast comes in.

This was back and forth with football and basketball.

Iowa men’s basketball has hovered from acceptable to good to pretty good for most of the season. The schedule is putting on the squeeze, but it doesn’t matter. Time for Iowa basketball to start kicking ass and taking names. Can it? Let’s see.

We’re setting the bar at the NCAA Tournament. This team should be able to get there from here. It’d be a healthy if not monumental jump from last year’s 4-14 Big Ten finish.

Now, do you trust it to get there? Probably not. It has to earn your trust. It just does.

Football is reaching the finish line for recruiting 2019. Or the midpoint. Recruiting never actually wraps up.

We talk a lot of football. We even lift the Kirk Ferentz moratorium on the next Iowa head coach, but just briefly.

Thanks to Derek for the hot-take question on the Big Ten West and East. I didn’t say the Gophers would win the West. At least I hope I didn’t. I liked Scott’s take on the East.

We are very much of the idea that Iowa should celebrate Megan Gustafson night and should have a plan and an announcement on a jersey retirement. Don’t half measure this, Iowa. You’ve been gifted a moment. Knock it out of the park. Don’t half measure it. We’ve seen that. It’s painful, stiff and largely unsatisfying for all involved.

Be careful, actually. These takes might be too hot (or is it “taeks?”).

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