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Tag: "Hayden Fry"

Brown: Think-big facility a testament to its leaders’ legacies

[ 0 ] September 2, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa’s football facilities are a far cry from those that coach Hayden Fry inherited in December 1978. “Oh, gosh,” Fry said, shaking his head. The football offices were located in Iowa Field House when Fry started to shake the echoes of dormancy. Later this month, the program will move into the […]

Iowa’s sixth-best football victory of past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 24, 2014

Hail Mary? On Nov. 14, 1987, it became known as Hartlieb to Cook. In the playbook it was known as “Lion 75 Y Trail.” Fourth down, 23 yards to go from the Ohio State 28 with less than a minute remaining. And trailing Ohio State, 27-22. In Ohio Stadium, where Iowa hadn’t won since 1959. […]

Iowa’s 14th-best football win of past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 16, 2014

When Texas native Hayden Fry took the Iowa job in 1979, “Hook ‘Em Hawks” became a popular bumper sticker. The phrase was borrowed from the University of Texas, where “Hook ‘Em Horns” is part of the culture. So you can understand why Fry, who had a 2-11 record against Texas as the coach at SMU […]

Iowa’s 20th-best football win of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 10, 2014

Iowa coach Hayden Fry said it best. “Doing something like this was beyond our wildest dreams,” Fry said after Iowa took the final step to an unlikely Rose Bowl berth with a 36-7 thrashing of Michigan State on Nov. 21, 1981 at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes had started the year with a string of 19 […]

Two quarterbacks better than one? We’ll find out

[ 0 ] August 7, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. Iowa’s two-quarterback attack appears headed to the field this fall. Count me in. My endorsement is not a knock on junior Jake Rudock. His cerebral approach and command of the playbook make him the Hawkeyes’ clear No. 1 choice at quarterback. With a season under his belt, I expect Rudock to throw […]

Fry, Ferentz dominate Iowa’s 25 best football victories in 50 years

[ 0 ] August 5, 2014

One thing you’ll never hear is talk about the good old days of Iowa football, unless it goes all the way back to the brief and bright Forest Evashevski era. Hawkeye football went into deep hibernation after Evashevski retired at just 42 years of age following the 1960 season. Not until Hayden Fry arrived from […]

Happy birthday, Coach! Hayden Fry turns 85

[ 0 ] February 28, 2014

Legendary Iowa football leader Hayden Fry hit another milestone birthday Friday with No. 85 in the books for the coach born on Feb. 28, 1929. To recognize the occasion, share your birthday message for coach Fry in the comments and take a look through our collection of his most iconic photos.

Rick Brown: Underdog role suits Kirk Ferentz, Hawkeyes just fine

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – It was, by first-hand accounts, an emotional speech. It was delivered by Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz to his team days after a disheartening 28-9 home loss to Wisconsin on Nov.2 that left the Hawkeyes 5-3 with games remaining at Purdue, Michigan at home and at Nebraska. “He said we had an […]

What Hayden Fry did to fool Hawkeye fans in 1981

[ 0 ] November 5, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Kirk Ferentz was in his first season as Iowa’s offensive line coach in 1981 when the Hawkeyes ended a 20-game losing streak to Purdue. “That is hard to believe,” Ferentz said of losing 20 straight to a team. “It’s hard to believe you don’t have a winning season for 19 years, […]

Back at Kinnick, where he hoped to coach Iowa, Terry Allen will 'think of my dad'

[ 0 ] September 3, 2013

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Five-year-old Terry Allen knew his parents had an extra ticket to the Iowa football game that fall weekend. So he got busy. “I went out and raked the yard,” Allen said. “My dad said, “Oh, let’s take him.’ ” That was the first of many trips to Kinnick Stadium for Allen, who […]