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Former Iowa defensive lineman Mike Daniels showed his support for children's hospitals with a big donation on Thursday.

Iowa: Mike Daniels ponies up big money for children’s hospital; meet the real Henry Geil

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Meet Henry Geil

Iowa running back signee Henry Geil is more than a football player. He is a lot more than that. HawkeyeNation.com’s Rob Howe profiles Geil and tells his story from adoption to his involvement in Key Club.

For the kids

Iowa football and children’s hospitals go together. There is the Kinnick Wave. Former players Miles Taylor and Josh Jackson donated $13,000 from a jersey auction to the Iowa children’s hospital. Now, per Tony Dungy, former Hawkeyes standout and current Green Bay Packers player Mike Daniels donated $100,000 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at a charity event on Thursday.

Rising up

247Sports released its latest Class of 2019 rankings. 247Sports’ Dylan Burn recapped where the Iowa commits and recruiting targets fall. In-state offensive line commit Ezra Miller made a big jump.

Black Friday love

Iowa athletics director Gary Barta enjoys playing on Black Friday. It is why he doesn’t care so much who the opponent is that day as long as the Hawkeyes are playing a football game the day after Thanksgiving. Land of 10 explains why Barta feels this way.

Do over

Barta faced a lot of transparency questions because the Hawkeyes didn’t disclose the contract extension of men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery in November. Barta said, in hindsight, he would do it differently. The Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Marc Morehouse has the story.

Playoffs?

OK, technically there are no playoffs for men’s college basketball. So there is no need to go all Jim Mora, but Iowa fans want to know the odds of making the NIT. So Land of 10 discussed it here.

Everyone hates Iowa

At least, everyone in Minnesota seems to. Land of 10 took a look at the rivalry and how it spills over into wrestling, where the winner of the annual dual takes home a Governor’s Belt.

Star performance

Megan Gustafson certainly gave one on Thursday. Her 36 points helped the Iowa women’s basketball team defeat Michigan State 71-68 in overtime. Here is The Des Moines Register recap.

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