We're talking about stuff again on the radio.
It's Ed Podolak's 32nd season in Iowa's radio booth. That's fantastic. Still, one of the best in the business. I've chatted about his replacement in the past, not anynmore. Don't look past things that work. Ed works,
Gary Dolphin, Iowa's radio play-by-play voice, is in year 17 or 18? I think maybe 18.
Dolph opened with a quick and positive review of Carlos O'Kelly's entrees and then took a bite (I'm cracking myself up, not really) out of Iowa's starting lineup.
Kirk Ferentz talks on the Kirk Ferentz radio show from 7:30 to 8:30. I'll provide updates and such here.
I'll keep refreshing and changing the small-print headline above so you know there's something new.
— Dolph just referenced “bumper pool.” I'm old enough to remember what that is. You're probably not.
— There's some Ball State talk. It's in Muncie, Ind., and it's coming.
— Dolph is talking injuries and . . . no new news. You caught DT Darian Cooper (out for the year with a knee injury) and WR Riley McCarron (out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury) yesterday.
— The lines are dead. You should call in.
— Half hour in, no calls. Maybe they need to check their lines?
— Cedar Falls Jim is on the line. He's Old Faithful. He wants to know about the new football facility (which the media will get to tour next Tuesday about 4:30 or so).
The BTN crew loves Iowa's new football facilities. Called it among the best in the Big Ten. Gerry DiNardo called it a “game-changer” for Iowa crooting.
We have our first “Coach Furrenz.”
BTW, I agree on the facilities. DiNardo, a former coach who has strong opinions about where the Big Ten stands competitively, has said the B1G has about a half dozen real “football facilities.” And, when the operations building opens (I think KF said the first bye week), Iowa will be a self-contained football world, with indoor facility that is purely football and a new set of offices and weights and all the shiny objects.
— So, Jim called. He cares.
— Dolph killing time going over the Big Ten West. You guys knew about that, right?
— KF talks fullback Adam Cox's injury. He was awarded a scholarship like two days before it happened. That's the “good” news.
— KF loves camp, it's pure teaching. “If they're awake, they're with us.” It's wall-to-wall football. Game week rhythm is good, too, he said.
— First time Iowa players have been in summer school while the team was in camp. That's why you saw all those pictures from night practices.
“In the later part of camp, I think we started to look like a football team, and then a little better this week,” Ferentz said.
— On Cooper: “A lot of personality, brings a lot of life to the group.”
Cooper had a knee surgery after Nebraska, but played in the bowl game. The knee issue came to a head and had to be addressed. KF said he's “hopeful” he can return. I don't know what to make of that. He might mean this season? As far as I know it's season-ending.
On McCarron: Hoping to get him back before the bye, but it's iffy. KMM, MVB and Desmond King have been back in punt return. Iowa might use a couple because of the rugby-style punts.
— Whoa, Ferentz just said Desmond King is a lot like Micah Hyde. I think that's pretty high praise.
— KF says Jordan Lomax has found a home at FS. Looks at him like Quinton Alston. Really feels like Lomax is going to be a good player.
— On Greg Mabin, he wanted to play WR last year, but coaches kept him on defense. One quickie fact on Mabin: Didn't play a down last year.
— Stuff about UNI. My analysis post comes out tonight. It's long. You've been warned.
— UNI QB Sawyer Kollmorgen missed five games after suffering two concussions last year.
— Yes, all of the Paups on UNI's roster (there are two including a starting LB) are Bryce Paup's sons.
— Three items from caller: Mike wants to know if Iowa game broadcasts will be on the iHeart Radio app. Don't hold your breathe, guys. Iowa's stuff doesn't stream. You have to buy-in for the All-Access. It's just how it is.
— KF and Dolph working their iPhone apps (just a little joke they made).
— Something on UNI defense from Mike in Marion. What do they do? KF: It's the same as two years ago. They can play a 3-man DL without shifting personnel. They won't take crazy chances. Offenses have to drive it. UNI is good in situational football. Active LBs and eight starters back.
— I want a Dilly Bar and to sit and watch The Simpsons.
— Another call: One question about LB John Kenny and OL Ryan Ward. And then Brandon Snyder (sp?), who's a walk-on.
KF says good things about Snyder, who's from West Lyon, won a state title last year. KF thinks he can compete at safety. Snyder is on the scout team flying around.
On Kenny and Ward: Doing well. Iowa is veteran at tackle. KF believes Ward's opportunity will come next spring. Kenny is in the LB mix. Sees him on special teams.
— Quentin from CR: He's talking the Herbstreit prediction. That has been bouncing through my computer a lot this week. Quentin says, “The stars are aligned.”
On the easy schedule: “It's easy to say that if you're not playing it.”
— Talking college football playoff. This stuff washes over me. I'll learn it if Iowa is in it. That actually was kind of my approach to college.
— Mert from Keokuk . . . She is gone. This isn't a good omen.
— Football game day parking update (public service for you guys):
The combination of rain that has already fallen and predictions for additional rain will result in at least half of the available football gameday parking on grass surfaces at the University of Iowa's Finkbine Golf Course to not be available for Saturday's football game, the UI Athletics Department announced today.
Satus of the remaining portion of grass parking at Finkbine Golf Course on Friday. Rain is in the forecast for Iowa City for tonight and portions of Thursday and Friday.
Finkbine Golf Course is one of the parking lots on game days that is accessible to fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes who are not members of the National I-Club. Other general public parking lots include Lot 11 near the UI's Campus Wellness and Recreation Center located on Madison Street immediately east of the Iowa River, the parking lot adjacent to the new Hancher Auditorium and the Levitt Center for University Advancement (free parking and shuttle service provided), Lot 85 (“Hawkeye Commuter,” free parking and shuttle service provided) located immediatelynortheast of Finkbine Golf Course and accessible off Hawkins Drive.
Fans are also invited to consider riding the Hawkeye Express. The UI's “Train to the Game” provides pre-game and post-game service from Coralville near the IHOP restaurant and Clarion Hotel to the southwest corner of historic Kinnick Stadium.
Fans can visit the web site www.footballgameday.com for an interactive gameday parking map and other information pertinent to football gamedays at historic Kinnick Stadium.
— Randy from Solon, he's a first-time caller. Wants to know if Hayden Fry is going to be in town for Fry Fest. KF says he is planning on being here Friday.
— Question didn't catch the name. Something about changing game plans in midstream. Stand-up TE question from Hayden days. Caller, correctly, points out that he didn't understand the deal there.
KF says probably not on stand-up tight end. He said they did it because it was the head coach's idea. At North Texas, Hayden had a few bigger receivers move to TE because of injury and they didn't feel comfortable in three point. KF said you can't argue the success (yeah, that's true, you can't really). Kind of a Hayden trademark, but you won't see Iowa go to it under KF.
— Ted from IC is cancer-free. That's great, sir!
— Ferentz is on the homecoming button this year because it's his 25th in Iowa City. Dolph thought Ted said, “Homecoming butt.” KF quips, “I might be several other places.”
— How much QB platooning? KF: “We'll see Saturday.” I'm guessing that's a no. It was a curt answer from Kirk. I crack myself up (I don't)!
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