The most interesting question after Iowa’s staff hires, a big women’s basketball game, and more
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The most interesting question with Iowa’s staff
Now that the Iowa football coaching staff is once again filled — at least until the Hawkeyes add the new 10th assistant for upcoming season — one interesting question comes to the forefront:
Will the Hawkeyes incorporate any of North Dakota State’s offense? The eye will wander to what the Bison did on the ground with the hiring of Tim Polasek as offensive line coach — and not just because Polasek was the offensive coordinator/running backs coach overseeing the 239 rushing yards North Dakota State racked up in its 23-21 upset win at Iowa back in September.
Iowa and North Dakota State both utilize smashmouth rushing attacks and want to beat teams by being physical and stuffing the run down an opponent’s throat.
But when it comes to implementing that philosophy, the two programs are more like cousins than brothers. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz loves the outside zone. Meanwhile, North Dakota State uses a power-running scheme — but includes unique and interesting wrinkles, as detailed in this SB Nation story that was tweeted out by Cedar Rapids Gazette reporter Marc Morehouse on Tuesday.
Craig Bohl, now at Wyoming, served as head coach when the story published, but the basic blueprint for the Bison is still the same today.
Polasek could bring a few wrinkles from NDSU, but mixing the two running schemes could be tough because of the differences between the two. Teams typically rely one key component; for Iowa, it’s been the zone concept.
With Iowa bringing in the Bison’s offensive coordinator, a few packages with some North Dakota State-type action might be the most likely outcome.
Moving on up
The Iowa women’s basketball team came in as a 9 seed in the latest ESPN bracketology update on Tuesday.
The Hawkeyes, 15-10 overall and 6-6 in league play, are one of ESPN’s final four at-large teams to make the bracket, so they will have to play their way into the Dance in the season’s final weeks.
Iowa hosts Northwestern in a contest with plenty of postseason implications on Thursday (8 p.m., ET, Big Ten Network). The Wildcats, 17-8 and tied with the Hawkeyes at 6-6 in the Big Ten, were one of the next eight teams out.
Giving the G-League a failing grade
The NBA announced Tuesday that the NBA Developmental League, commonly referred to as the D-League, is undergoing a name change. Because of a sponsorship with Gatorade, the league will be known as the G-League next season.
The name change raised some eyebrows around the country, including within the Iowa men’s basketball team. It’s safe to say forward Tyler Cook isn’t a fan of the name change.
NBA G league ?
— Tyler Cook (@iamTC5) February 14, 2017
Getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit
Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, and the Iowa football Twitter account handed out the social media version of a Valentine’s Day card.
We love you Hawkeye Nation! pic.twitter.com/7MdxJMHPay
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) February 14, 2017
Lots of links
- What Iowa learned from the 2017 recruiting cycle.
- Why a poor RPI figure is Iowa’s toughest hurdle to overcome with the NCAA Tournament.
- What is the biggest offseason question for Iowa football?
- Quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe is getting a three-year, $540,000 contract, writes Morehouse in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.