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Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell and the Hawkeyes took down Michigan in November.

How to survive the mid-week bye, Iowa’s latest running back offer and more

The best way to start your day is right here at as we prepare you for everything you need to know about Iowa sports. We’ll share our Hawkeyes Wake-Up Call here with you at 8:30 a.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Feb. 13.

How to fill Iowa’s bye week

Bad news first. The Iowa men’s basketball team is on a bye this week. The Hawkeyes’ next game isn’t until Illinois comes to Carver Hawkeye-Arena on Saturday (2 p.m. ET, BTN). At this time of year, fans are conditioned for one contest to pop up every three days or so.

Now, the good news. The Wake-Up Call is here to help you get through this lull in the schedule.


Rewatch the 2016 Iowa-Michigan football game. It was an instant classic for Hawkeye fans. Akrum Wadley was the offense. The defense didn’t bend, let alone break. Ron Coluzzi became an internet sensation and a late Michigan penalty on a punt return set up Duncan Keith’s game-winning 33-yard field goal.

Rewatching the 14-13 victory is probably a good way for an Iowa fan to spend any night, let alone one during a bye week.


Spend it with your loved one. It’s Valentine’s Day, after all. Be glad the sports gods put the bye at this time. It keeps you from having to check your phone for score updates while out at dinner.

You’ll need to put in some quality time if you are to make the most of the rest of the week.


Rewatch the 2016 Iowa-Nebraska game. Finish off reliving the biggest highlights of this past football season with the regular-season finale.

The Hawkeyes took command early in the 40-10 victory. The defense continued its strong November. LeShun Daniels and Wadley each topped the 100-yard mark. C.J. Beathard threw three touchdown passes and ended his career 7-1 in trophy games.

Then the real fun started after the game, especially when George Kittle got ahold of the Heroes Trophy. This was about as one-sided as a rivalry game can get.


Take in the Iowa women’s basketball game. The Hawkeyes host Northwestern on Thursday (7 p.m., BTN). Both teams are fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament and were listed in the final four teams out in the latest ESPN bracketology update. Plenty is at stake.

For those not in a position to attend the game, a viable alternative is to rewatch the 78-64 men’s basketball victory over Iowa State to claim the Cy-Hawk trophy in December.


Watch the Iowa men’s basketball win over No. 8 Illinois from Jan. 15, 2003. The last win over a ranked Fighting Illini squad will be a good warm-up for the next day’s contest. If it’s easier to locate a 1980s Iowa-Illinois game, by all means do it. The two teams had quite a rivalry in the 1980s and into the 1990s.

The latest Iowa offer

Preble (Wis.) High School running back Henry Geil picked up an offer from Iowa over the weekend.

The 2018 prospect received his offer while visiting Iowa City. He is not yet rated by 247 or Rivals, but he did rush for 784 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2016. He also caught 14 passes for 82 yards.

Here are his Hudl highlights.

Rest in peace

Former Iowa lineman Don Shipanik, 80, passed away on Feb. 9, according to the Iowa athletic department.

Shipanik lettered in 1958 and 1959. He was a two-way starter, including on the 1959 Rose Bowl team. His visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Locke Funeral Home in Waterloo. The funeral is at Timothy Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. in Hudson.

Lots of links

  • A profile of the nation’s top 125-pound wrestler, Thomas Gilman.
  • Iowa topped Nebraska in final home wrestling meet on Sunday.
  • Why linebacker is Iowa’s biggest need in the 2018 class.
  • Technically, there is an opening for the director of player development with Iowa football, but don’t expect any change there.