IOWA CITY — The Iowa-Iowa State football contract expires after the 2017 game, but Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said he and Iowa State counterpart Jamie Pollard plan to extend the deal well into the future.
“We’ve talked a little bit about it,” Barta said Thursday. “We see no reason why it wouldn’t continue.”
The series had moments of jeopardy because of conference instability. Both Iowa and Iowa State require the annual revenue of seven home games, and both the Big Ten and Big 12 have enacted nine-game league schedules. But both schools convinced their leagues to synchronize their five road games opposite the years they host their instate rival.
“We both intend to keep it going,” Barta said. “Now that we both have kind of seen the snapshot of what our long-term Big Ten and Big 12 schedules are going to look like, it looks like it’s going to work out.”
The schools begin a new arrangement this year where the home team keeps all the revenue. Previously, the visiting squad received half the gate. The annual Cy-Hawk game is held Sept. 14 at Jack Trice Stadium.
The Big Ten has yet to release its 2018 football schedule, and it’s undetermined whether Iowa will continue to play Nebraska on Black Friday that year.
Big Ten senior associate commissioner of television administration Mark Rudner previously told The Gazette the league was weighing whether to switch up a few season-ending match-ups. Iowa and Nebraska currently meet annually the day after Thanksgiving through 2017. A move could put Wisconsin against Nebraska and Iowa against Minnesota.
“I haven’t had any discussions with Nebraska or with the Big Ten about changing,” Barta said. “But we’ve all known nothing is set in stone beyond what the schedules are.”
In an email to The Gazette last week, Rudner said the 2018 schedule is not finalized.
FOOTBALL — Barta said Iowa will wear black jerseys in Saturday’s game against Northern Illinois despite the predicted high temperatures. Also, Iowa has no current plans to install permanent lights at Kinnick Stadium.
BASKETBALL – Iowa will not pay a penalty for pulling out of the Great Alaska Shootout in favor of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Barta and Alaska-Anchorage’s previous athletics director, Steve Cobb, had an agreement to not penalize Iowa for leaving the tournament. But Cobb was fired in May, leading to new discussions between Iowa and Alaska-Anchorage officials.
“We haven’t had to pay a penalty nor do I anticipate we will,” Barta said. “As far I’m concerned, it’s a done deal.”
Wisconsin-Green Bay replaced Iowa in that tournament.
NEW FACILITY — A new $15 million facility with a large indoor turf surface is due for completion by fall 2014. The facility is located on Iowa’s western campus and it will serve multiple departments. The marching band will use it for inclement weather in the fall, and Iowa’s baseball, softball and soccer squads will use it in the spring.
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