February 7, 2016

Hawkeyes set for visit to Illinois

Adam Woodbury (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

Adam Woodbury
(Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

The fifth ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will be on the road in the Big Ten on Sunday afternoon to play Illinois. The Hawkeyes are 9-1 in the Big Ten after a lopsided win over Penn State while the Illini are 3-7 in the league race after a triple overtime victory at Rutgers.

“They have always played us very tough”, said Iowa center Adam Woodbury. “They bring a toughness to the game just like Penn State does and we have got to be ready to play. They have got some very talented players and I am sure they will be ready to go.”

Iowa has won four of the last five games in the series. It will be a 12:06 p.m. tipoff Sunday in the State Farm Center.



#13 Cyclones look to bounce back at Oklahoma State

Steve Prohm

Steve Prohm

The 13th ranked Iowa State Cyclones try to bounce back from another home loss when they visit Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Cyclones are 5-4 in the league race after a loss at home to West Virginia.

“We know the areas we have got to get better and we have made improvement”, said Iowa State coach Steve Prohm. “These guys are willing to do it and I know in my heart we will get where we need to be.”

The Cowboys are 2-7 in the Big-12 and may be without standout point guard Jawun Evans. He injured a shoulder in Wednesday’s loss at Texas Tech.

The Cyclones are 16-6 overall. Tipoff in Stillwater is 1:00 p.m.





Ferentz to experience Super Bowl as a parent

Kirk Ferentz at the Rose Bowl.

Kirk Ferentz at the Rose Bowl.

A magical football season for Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will conclude with a trip to Super Bowl 50 to watch his son, James, play for the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Santa Clara, California.

“He has gone from a day-to-day contract to now he has a week-to-week contract so he has improved his lot in life”, said Ferentz.

“That is the reality of the NFL. It is a temporary profession but why not chase it and why not got after it and I am really happy for him.”

James Ferentz at 2012 Hawkeye media day.

James Ferentz at 2012 Hawkeye media day.

Ferentz has been to the Super Bowl in past years.

 He says just getting in and out of the stadium is a hassle and watching a game as a parent is a much different experience.

“When you are coaching you are working and when you are playing you are competing but when you are a parent it kind of takes the fun out of everything

James Ferentz talks to reporters in 2012.

James Ferentz talks to reporters in 2012.

because it is either good or bad. It’s tough.”

Berger to lead IGHSAU

Jean Berger

Jean Berger

Winterset native Jean Berger has been named the new executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. She succeeds Mike Dick, who is retiring on August 31.

Berger has been serving as the interim athletic director at the University of Northern Iowa since Troy Dannen resigned to take a similar post at Tulane.

“I am honored, humbled and very excited to be selected as the next Executive Director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union” said Berger. ” I am looking forward to working with the IGHSAU board of directors and staff along with all of the athletic administrators and coaches in Iowa.”

Berger has been at Northern Iowa since 2008. She is the direct supervisor for five Panther sports: women’s basketball, softball, tennis, soccer and volleyball. She oversees academic services and athletic training while monitoring Northern Iowa’s gender equity plans.

Prior to coming to Northern Iowa, Berger spent 17 years at Drake University. She was named Drake’s senior women’s administrator in 1994 and was assistant athletic director for internal affairs. In 2005, she was promoted to associate athletic director. Berger supervised 11 programs at Drake.

Fast start lifts #5 Iowa

Adam Woodbury photo courtesy of Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

Adam Woodbury photo courtesy of Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

The fifth ranked Iowa Hawkeyes raced out to a big early lead and never looked back in a 73-49 win over Penn State. Jarrod Uthoff led a balanced attack with 14 points. Senior center Adam Woodbury had five points and a career high 15 rebounds.

“I kind of pride myself on setting the tone down low and being physical on the glass at both ends”, said Woodbury. “I was able to get some opportunities and the obviously missed some shots.”

Iowa raced away to a 45-26 halftime lead as they improve to 9-1 in the Big Ten and 18-4 overall. The Hawkeyes visit Illinois on Sunday afternoon.


Iowa State falters down the stretch

Steve Prohm

Steve Prohm

Iowa State’s Big 12 title hopes were dealt a severe blow on Tuesday night. 14th ranked West Virginia used a late 9-0 run to rally past the 13th ranked Cyclones 81-76 in Hilton Colesium. It was a game the Cyclones led by 15 points in the opening half.

West Virginia scored 48 points in the second half and outrebounded the Cyclones 43-26.

“There is a lot of things you can point do but we did not get it done”, said Iowa State coach Steve Prohm. “We were not able to finish.”

Iowa State lost despite hitting 11 of 22 shots from three point range. The Cyclones committed 17 turnovers.

“I think they just sped us up the whole game and got us out of what we wanted to do and caused a lot of turnovers”, said Cyclone guard Monte’ Morris. “You have got to give those guys credit.”


Georges Niang scored 20 points and Abdel Nader added 19 for the Cyclones who fall to 5-4 in the Big 12 and 16-6 overall.





Hawkeyes on cover of Sports Illustrated

si coverIowa senior forward Jarrod Uthoff is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. It is part of feature story by the magazine calling the Iowa Hawkeyes the surprise team in college basketball.

The fifth ranked Hawkeyes are 8-1 in the Big Ten and start the second half of the league race at home on Wednesday night against Penn State.

“I think it is a reflection of what they have accomplished”, said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “When you see them working as hard as our guys work you want to see them recognized properly. So I think it is a terrific honor and I have great respect for that publication”

McCaffery is not concerned it will become a distraction and says experience has helped this team do a good job of handling success.

Penn State is 2-7 in the Big Ten.