Written by John Kuhens on August 11, 2015

Yesterday on our sportscast we talked about Henry Krieger-Coble the #1 candidate to be the starting tight end for the Iowa Hawkeye football team.  Today we are going to talk to and about the man who is #2 at that position, Henry’s cousin George Kittle.  George is a 6’4” Junior, he comes from a very athletic family.  Bruce Kittle his father was an offensive lineman for the Hawks, he captained the 1982 Rose Bowl team.  His mother Jan Krieger-Kittle was an outstanding high school athlete at Winfield Mt. Union and later played at Drake University basketball and softball.  George has been impressive in practice, both during spring ball and now during fall.  His game stats aren’t huge but with increased playing time those stats will show his maturity in the program and the talent he possesses.  He also is outstanding in the class room, he earned Academic All Big Ten honors in 2014.

Iowa State defensive tackle Desmond Tucker has lofty goals for himself and the Cyclone defense this season. The junior college All-American from Mississippi joins an ISU defense that gave up nearly 39 points and 246 yards of rushing per game in a 2-10 season in 2014. Tucker says the Cyclone defense will shock everybody this season and went it’s over he wants to be the Big-12 Player of the Year on defense.
Tucker says the Iowa State defense will make major strides this season, he says he has been watching tape of this season’s opponents as a way to get ready for the season.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says Tucker gives the Cyclones big play ability on the defensive line, he says Tucker has the ability to be a disruptive influence up front.
Iowa State opens at home on September fifth against UNI, KILJ-AM 1130 on your radio dial will once again carry Cyclone football each Saturday.

The UNI Panther football team is ranked 10th in the 2015 pre-season FCS Poll.  The leader of the poll is defending national champion North Dakota State, a team that the Iowa Hawkeyes will open with in the 2016 season.  Iowa is well represented in the NAIA pre-season poll also.  The poll leader is Southern Oregon, from the Hawkeye state Morningside of Sioux City is 3rd, Grand View of Des Moines 6th, Northwestern of Orange City 12th and William Penn of Oskaloosa is 19th.


On May 8, 2015, the Iowa Wesleyan Board of Trustees took unanimous action to change Iowa Wesleyan College to Iowa Wesleyan University.  The change comes  on the heels of a historic and collaborative strategic planning process that concluded this summer and involved over 900 regional partners and a multitude of stakeholder groups.

University status is not new for Iowa Wesleyan.  Senator James Harlan, the fourth president of Iowa Wesleyan, named the then Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute Iowa Wesleyan University in 1855.  The name was changed to Iowa Wesleyan College in 1912.

As a regional comprehensive university, Iowa Wesleyan has positioned itself to offer both undergraduate and graduate academic programs that are relevant to the region’s economic and employment needs.

“We are developing new undergraduate, online and graduate programs,” said President Titus.  “Our commitment is to serve traditional, adult, graduate and dual enrollment high school students in relevant and meaningful ways,” he said.

The new look of Iowa Wesleyan builds on the “IW” launched last fall as part of the rebranding of Tiger athletics. “The IW was a huge success, so as we were thinking about the new look of the university it made sense to integrate the iconic mark launched last year,” Titus said.  There is a new website address, too<> and the athletics website is now<>. A launch celebration for Mount Pleasant and surrounding communities is Friday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Mount Pleasant’s Central Park, in conjunction with the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Rock Around the Block event.