Firestorm brewing between Iowa, Iowa State over recruiting tweet
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Has the ISU coach made any comment or clarification about this?
— Roger Wetlaufer (@RogerJWetlaufer) May 8, 2018
ANSWER: Defensive end Jake Karchinski, a class of 2019 prospect from De Pere, Wis., tweeted he had received a scholarship offer from Iowa. It was his 14th overall offer and second from an FBS program.
That’s innocent enough. But an accidental tweet sent by Iowa State assistant coach Jim Hofher afterward has brewed the daily recruiting rivalry between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes into a firestorm.
It appeared Hofher attempted to send a direct message to someone about Karchinski. Instead, it not only landed on the open Twitter feed, but Karchinski, Iowa assistant coach Tim Polasek, Iowa recruiting director Tyler Barnes and several other recruiting analysts were tagged on it. Polasek recruits Wisconsin for Iowa.
“Welp….. that’s OK… have seen him competitively and was underwhelmed, as you know,” Hofher wrote.
Someone’s got some splanin’ to do pic.twitter.com/SKitYe1QYc
— Boneless BennieMac (@BenMcC1908) May 7, 2018
The tweet was deleted but a screenshot was taken of it. Now it lives forever in cyberspace.
Hofher has not issued an apology on Twitter and no other statements were released through the coaching staff. But of all the barbs flying above and under the fray between the two programs, this one is the latest and potentially the most explosive.
Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz fired a shot in Iowa State’s direction in May 2017 as a response to the total number of offers made by the Cyclones coaching staff that he classified as non-committable. For the upcoming 2019 class, Iowa has offered scholarships to 111 prospects while Iowa State has 269 offers, according to 247Sports.
Former Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads went after Iowa during his 2014 signing day news conference for trying to pry receiver Allen Lazard away in the final week. Every day there are verbal jabs between fans.
The 2017 game was perhaps the greatest Cy-Hawk edition since it was reborn in 1977. Iowa pulled out a 44-41 overtime win in Ames, and the teams flashed the kind of sizzle that would pace both to eight-win seasons and bowl victories. If the Cyclones can build consistency to go along with their recruiting energy, there will be constant friction with the Hawkeyes. Tweets like Hofher’s will turn that friction into a raging inferno.
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