1. The whole ’98 thing– Terry Allen is from Iowa City and not just “from” Iowa City, he and his family were immersed in UI sports. His dad, Bob, lettered in football and swimming at Iowa. Nile Kinnick was his fraternity brother. Bob was a defensive line coach under Forest Evashevski and coached Alex Karras. He also was Iowa’s head swimming coach for 16 years. So, you can imagine, when Terry Allen interviewed for the Iowa head football job in 1998, it was something he really did want. Where he fit in the final decison is really unknown. Allen withdrew his name on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in 1998. Kirk Ferentz was hired in the afternoon. Bob Stoops? The former Iowa safety interviewed on that Monday. With an offer from Oklahoma on the table, the Iowa search committee asked that he wait 24 hours before he made a move. Iowa interviewed Ferentz on Tuesday. Published reports out of Oklahoma had Stoops accepting the OU job on Sunday night. The Stoops deal remains the Seinfeld “Magic Loogie” of Iowa football, but there were always strong indications that Ferentz was Iowa’s No. 1 choice, Stoops or no Stoops.
2. The task at hand for the D-line — Iowa is going to face at least five more read-option quarterbacks this season. Last week, it did OK against Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, at least the rush part. The Hawkeyes held Lynch to a 2.55-yard average on 22 carries. The passing thing was disastrous. Lynch threw three long TD passes and piled up 275 yards. You know that Iowa wants its D-line to put most if not all of the pressure on the QB. A read-option QB who can really run? That’s a tough task for any D-line. Here’s DT Carl Davis breaking it down, “We want to have guys in all four rush lanes and be pushing the pocket, basically all at one time. I know it’s a tough task, but I know we can do it.”
3. Knowing what to know — Some of the newness of personnel showed in Iowa’s secondary last week. Cornerback Jordan Lomax and strong safety John Lowdermilk are first-year starters. NIU had TD passes of 40, 21 and 33. The two were involved in the 40-yarder that looked to be cover 2. Lomax was left on an island and lost the WR to a triple move. On the 21-yarder, Lomax said he got caught staying on the inside receiver too long and could’ve helped on an outside wheel route. On the 33-yarder, veteran cornerback B.J. Lowery had cramps send him to the turf, leaving a wide-open receiver and an easy TD. Bottom line, the secondary believes everything is fixable. “I feel this game was a lesson,” Lowery said. “We all talked about it. We understand the mistakes we made. We have to finish the game.”