SPORTS AUGUST 7, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on August 7, 2015

After just 5 wins in the last 2 seasons Iowa State football needs a turnaround in 2015  .Media day brings optimism in Ames.  Head Coach Paul Rhoads and all the players are confident 2015 will lead to more victories and much more success.  Sam Richardson returns as the starting QB, along with one of the best receiving groups in the Big 12.  The question marks lie with the Offensive line and the defense. ISU opens the season September 5th against #10 UNI.  Darian Cotton former Mt. Pleasant Panther standout athlete and senior at Iowa State is expected to see a lot of action again this season for the Cyclones in the defensive secondary and on specialty teams.  You can hear Iowa State Cyclone football on KILJ-AM 1130 once again this season.

 

The Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team will host Oklahoma State in the first NCAA match to be held in a Division I football stadium. The Hawkeyes will face the Cowboys on Nov. 14 at Kinnick Stadium for Grapple on the Gridiron, an effort to break the record for the largest crowd for a single match. It’s currently held by Penn State at nearly 16,000.  Iowa’s football team will host rival Minnesota in Kinnick that night.  The Hawkeyes and Cowboys have a combined 57 national titles to their credit so these two storied programs should draw a huge crowd as the “grapple on the gridiron!”

Lee County Fair, re-scheduled Illinois Farm Pullers Association Pulls and Local Truck Pulls are scheduled for this Saturday, August 8th at 6pm.

 

There were fewer “men In blue” working high school baseball games this summer and it is a trend the Iowa High School Athletic Association wants to stop. Todd Tharp of the IHSAA says they have not had much of a problem keeping officiating crews for football and basketball but baseball and other sports are on the decline.
Tharp says they are working on bringing some former officials back to the game, the biggest shortages are at the levels below varsity.

 

The University of Iowa’s football teams shift from afternoon to morning practices appears significant, but for others around the Big Ten it’s just a part of their weekly schedule.  Northwestern, Indiana and Maryland practice in the mornings, which allows their players to attend classes during the afternoons and evenings. Some players said it provided a nice balance for life, school and football. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz made the switch partly because of class conflicts but mostly to take a new approach to the season. He also changed their day off from Monday to Thursday, which allows their the players to stay off their legs and away from heavy contact for at least two days before a Saturday game. It also helps the players process the game plan one extra day.

 

Isaiah Moss, the most highly rated member of the Iowa men’s basketball program’s six-member recruiting class, has met academic requirements and will join coach Fran McCaffery’s program this fall.“He got done what he needed to and will be joining us when school starts in August,” McCaffery said Thursday.