Why the end is just the start for Iowa baseball, recapping the football weekend offers and more
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The season ended with a 7-5 loss to Houston in the NCAA regionals on Sunday. But the work for the Iowa baseball program is just beginning.
To coach Rick Heller, the trip to the postseason needs to be the start of annual postseason berths. It’s not so much coach-speak, a leader trying to find the positive in the end of the season.
“That is the goal of the program,” said Heller last Tuesday, before his team left for the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawkeyes have made the tournament two of the last three seasons. They earned an at-large berth in 2014 and made it this year by winning the Big Ten Tournament.
The second trip helped to solidify Iowa as a rising baseball program, which is important to Heller. But he also doesn’t want future trips to the NCAA Tournament to depend on the conference tournament. This year, if Iowa hadn’t have won the eight-team tourney in Bloomington, Ind., it would have been watching the regionals on TV.
He’s not apologizing for how the Hawkeyes made it in. He knows luck can be a big part of the postseason. He just doesn’t want to rely on the in-case-of-emergency option every year. Ideally, he wants the Hawkeyes in a place where the at-large berth is locked up heading into the league tournament.
That’s a sign of a healthy program. It’s what Heller will ask his 2018 team to do. After all, it’s the only way to achieve his ultimate goal — a berth in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Heller is a realist. He knows achieving something so grand takes talent.
But that’s not all. A little bit of luck is required too.
“That one year where the stars line up and everything happens your way, you end up in Omaha,” Heller said. “That is what we want.”
Recapping Iowa’s latest football offers
Camp season is officially here, which means the Hawkeyes will be throwing out offers to potential Division I football players over the next several weekends.
Here is a recap of players who received an Iowa offer over the last few days.
- CB Terry Roberts (2018)
Iowa went to Erie, Pa., to find safety Bob Sanders back in 2000. The Hawkeyes might have found their next defensive back from Erie. Iowa offered Cathedral Prep cornerback Terry Roberts on Saturday.
The only other offer for the 5-foot-10, 169-pound Roberts is from Duquesne. Here are his Hudl highlights.
- DB Paul Moala (2018)
The Penn High School (Mishawaka, Ind.) safety earned an Iowa offer during his camp visit. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Moala holds a 3-star 247Sports composite ranking. The Hawkeyes are the first Power 5 program to offer. The majority of his other seven offers are from MAC programs.
- TE Anthony Torres (2018)
Anthony Torres, a 3-star 247Sports composite prospect, was the second Penn High School player to be offered by the Hawkeyes this weekend. Iowa is the 12th offer for the 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end. His other offers include Central Florida, Air Force, Ball State, Indiana and Bowling Green. Here are his Hudl highlights.
- LB Jack Campbell (2019)
- CB Derrick Miller Jr. (2019)
Derrick Miller Jr. is a 2019 cornerback. He plays for John Burroughs School (Mo.). Here are his Hudl highlights.
- DT Rodas Johnson 2019
The Hawkeyes were the 15th program to offer 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman Rodas Johnson from Columbus, Ohio. In the Big Ten, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern and Rutgers also have offered Johnson. Here are his Hudl highlights.