sports august 6, 2016

Written by John Kuhens on August 6, 2016

FROM THE IRIS BOWLING CENTER AND SPLITZ LOUNGE SPORTS DESK.

Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley met with the media today Friday and says with a lot of new faces, he’ll depend on his staff to bring them along.Farley said, As I look at this football team moving into a media day with only one practice behind it, I think the best opportunity that we have is going to start with the coaching staff. I think the coaching staff has been the stable part of what we’ve done over all the years,” according to Farley.   One area where there is experience is at quarterback. He said Aaron Bailey has the skill set and has the experience now, and his game could be as good as he develops it too…..he’s put the time in, now we know his skill set.  UNI opens at Iowa State September 3rd, KILJ-AM 1130 will carry the game live.

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, his staff and team meet the media today in Iowa City, KILJ’s Koehler Wendt is covering the event and will have player and coaches interviews next week.  Coach Ferentz yesterday said a new season brings a new challenge. The Hawkeyes open practice with high expectations after rolling to a 12-0 regular season record in 2015.Ferentz says last season was also proof of just how slim the margin is for the Hawkeyes, with many of their games going down to the wire before being decided.Ferentz says leadership was a key element in Iowa’s success last season and they need a new group of leaders to emerge this year.The coaches got a glimpse of their potential during spring practice and are now looking forward to finding out how good they can be.Iowa opens at home on September third against Miami of Ohio, KILJ-FM 105.5 will bring you all Iowa Hawkeye football games in the 2016 season.

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio had opening ceremonies last night, 1st big event for USA today is the men’s basketball team meeting China.

St. Louis beat the Braves last night 1-0,  the Cubs beat the A’s 7-2.

S.E. Iowa Friends of NRA Banquet and Auction tonight at Mt Pleasant Country Club Doors open 6pm- dinner 7pm- auction to follow. Dinner tickets $30 Ribeye dinner. Everyone welcome.  Contact Mike Messer 319-931-0174