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Gary Barta doesn’t discount possibility of Hawkeye-Cyclone clash ending

[ 0 ] February 13, 2013 |

Will an expanded Big Ten football schedule bring an end to the Iowa-Iowa State series — and the most anticipated annual sporting event in this state?

Hawkeye athletic director Gary Barta said Wednesday anything is possible.

“When it comes to playing Iowa-Iowa State, I think it’s great for college football,” Barta said. “It’s a rivalry. It’s a longtime rivalry. It’s something I’d like to continue.”

Related: Big Ten football scheduling change could ‘devastate’ Northern Iowa

But it’s not a stretch to wonder if Iowa’s games with the Cyclones may face a squeeze similar to the one felt by Northern Iowa. With the Big Ten moving to nine- or 10-game conference schedules in 2014, there’s not much room left on the slate for nonconference games.

“When it comes to playing UNI, occasionally, it’s something that’s been good for both programs, and so, it’s something I support,” Barta said. “I don’t know in this new day, and I don’t want to speculate, if both of those (games) will survive.

“I hope they will, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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