BY TOMMY BIRCH — Des Moines Register
Did you catch the big rumor going around Ankeny this week?
By Tuesday night, it seemed like everyone around Ankeny had gotten the hot tip from their brother’s neighbor’s mailman that said former Iowa Hawkeye star Marv Cook was set to become the Hawks’ new football coach.
But like most rumors, this was just that — a rumor.
“Not even true,” Cook told the Register late Tuesday.
Cook is an icon of sorts in Iowa City and would have been a great get for Ankeny. He’s taken over the Iowa City Regina program and has led the Regals to 42 consecutive wins and three state championships (two in Class 2-A, one in 1-A) in a row. Regina led 1-A schools with 5,732 yards of offense last season.
Whoever comes to Ankeny will be replacing an icon in Jerry Pezzetti, who is headed to the town’s new north-side school, Ankeny Centennial.
But it won’t be Cook, who may be best remembered at Iowa for his 29-yard touchdown catch on fourth-and-23 that helped the Hawkeyes win at Ohio State in 1987.
Cook said he hasn’t interviewed for the Ankeny coaching vacancy and didn’t plan to.
“I’ve got a great situation (here),” Cook said.
So, cross him off the list.
Ankeny activities director Kevin Biggs has said formal interviews for the job wouldn’t begin until February.
Meantime, be wary about what Bill the Mailman has to say about the Hawks’ coaching search.
Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football