Posted by: marcmwm | October 28, 2008

Quick press conference notes . . .

— Right off the bat, let’s get to injuries.

Sounds like guard Seth Olsen will be out for this game. He’s scheduled to return to practice tomorrow (Wednesday) after rolling his ankle in practice on Oct. 15. He missed Wisconsin and was on crutches with a protective boot for the Badgers game. I talked for a second with him after the game. He didn’t talk about a comeback, but Olsen is a kid of great faith and a wholly positive guy. He made a point to say this is his first injury of any significance and that he’s been blessed to go this far in his career without anything bad. He could easily be down fifth-year senior looking at missing two of his team’s most important games this season, but he said he was blessed. Head is in the right place.

“I’m not quite as optimistic there,” Ferentz said of Olsen’s chances. That usually means “out.”

TE Tony Moeaki was cleared to practice on a limited basis today (Tuesday). He’s been out 4.5 games with a strained calf.

DE Adrian Clayborn, who’s missed the last game and a half with an ankle injury, is doing well, Ferentz said. “Hopefully, we’ll get through this week,” he added.

I asked Ferentz what each player has to show to get back to the field.

“It’s just how effectively can they play,” he said. “In Seth’s case, he’s got an ankle. The job description he has, he has to be able to move heavy objects. Can he do that effectively?

“In Tony’s case, it’s more of a muscle thing, so it’s just a matter of keeping moving his volume of work up and see how he handles that. I think we’re close, but these things are just tricky.”

LB Jeremiha Hunter suffered a leg contusion against Wisconsin and sat out a few series. Ferentz said he’s fine.

— Ferentz’s M.O. has been to not comment much on players Iowa narrowly missed on in recruiting. He kept to that script Tuesday, saying nice things about Illinois running back Jason Ford. He wouldn’t speculate on what would’ve happened if Ford would’ve kept his commitment to Iowa — something he did twice — and if that would’ve caused the Hawkeyes to pass on Jewel Hampton, whose 301 yards and five TDs are as much as any true freshman RB at Iowa since Tony Stewart.

Iowa hasn’t taken Ford’s de-commitment personally.

“As soon as you get into a personal battle, that’s when you start to blow your responsibilities,” linebacker A.J. Edds said. “We can’t really get caught up in stuff like that.”

— Ferentz on the “Greene out,” “If it’s good for fan enthusiasm, it’s good for us.”

— Offensive tackle Dace Richardson remains with the team working on his comeback from extensive knee surgery (either microfracture or osteotomy, KF has never said which for sure). Ferentz said he didn’t want to “rain on anyone’s parade,” but these are long, long odds. “He’s working, he’s trying. He’s here everyday.”

— Ferentz said Iowa’s recruiting class is likely going to reach the “mid to high teens.” This is a change from the low teens prediction coaches made earlier this year. Iowa added a pair of TE recruits last weekend, Connecticut’s Anthony Schiavone and Tampa’s Justin Lattimore.

— A.J. Edds’ Saturday off: “I laid on the couch as much as I could and just watched some TV. Took a nap. Just laid around and ate.”

— CB Bradley Fletcher is too modest to admit that he is one of the fastest players on the team, but he did pick the Hawkeyes’ best 4 X 100 relay team.

“(WR Andy) Brodell is pretty fast,” he said. “(WR) Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, (CB) Amari Spievey is pretty fast. (WR) Paul Chaney. We have some guys who can run. That’s good to have on our football team.”

No Bradley Fletcher?

“I think I can run a little bit,” he said. “We’re not on a track team. We’re here to play football.”

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Responses

  1. “The job description he has, he has to be able to move heavy objects. Can he do that effectively?”

    Hysterical. I love KF’s dry humor.

    I also like Fletcher’s answer about him on the 4×100. These kids are focused on the season, I like that.

  2. And it may be time to go buy a green shirt because I don’t think I own any.

  3. Scheel’s does have “Gang Greene” T-shirts.

    Must be legal. They’re right out there in the store.

    I’ll have a Jayme Murphy story to post later tonight.

    I have to admit. I have a soft spot for the hometown boys.

  4. Nice story on Murphy. Tough hand his family was dealt and they sound like pretty strong people.

  5. I have a friend who has a screen printing business and he’s been in contact with the Univ regarding the Gang Greene t-shirts. The athletics dept has confirmed they cannot officially license any items with a players name or likeness on them.

  6. But is it that the UI can’t or that anyone can’t?

    I know the UI can’t. Frankly, it shouldn’t. Think about how many Drew Tate “5” jerseys you’ve seen the last five years. Tate got zip for those. These guys are expected to be monks while someone cashes in on the number on their backs. I know that’s part of the deal, but I don’t like it. If college athletes were ever going to a “stipend” or whatever, I’d like to see it come out of this.

  7. I’m not going to debate you on the merits of how schools can market their athletes and the indentured servitude nature of college sports.

    My understanding of the rules is schools can sell jerseys so long as there’s no name on them. The theory is that a number necessarily doesn’t identify a player. A numbered jersey can be any number of players. How do you know all those #5 jerseys you see aren’t being worn by Ryan Donahue fans? I know it’s a weak argument but those are the rules. The NCAA is very careful not to kill too many fatted calves.

    I don’t think schools generally produce items themselves. Rather, they resell items made by other companies. The way the schools control the merchandise is through licensing deals. Technically, a manufacturer has to be granted a license from the University to produce anything with the Iowa name or logos on it. Anybody else creating such items without a license is in violation and can be sued by the University. (Based on my experiences walking down Melrose Ave on game days, I don’t think enforcement is very strong, though.)

    Since the University has to approve all designs, if you are a licensee, you implicitly agree to adhere to the NCAA guidelines as well.

    You can read more about the licensing program here:
    http://hawkeyesports.cstv.com/licensing/iowa-licensing.html. It’s really quite interesting, especially the royalties section. Again, the fatted calf rears its head.

    Which brings me to Scheel’s. They can and do sell officially licensed apparel that they buy through another company/wholesaler (e.g. Nike). But, unless they are an official licensee, they cannot produce items, only resell others’ work. I have no idea if Scheel’s is an official licensee or not.

    I just found it surprising that the University would let this happen with such a large retailer right in it’s backyard if it felt there was something they could do about it or if there was a major risk associated with it. I would be very surprised if the University was not aware of the t-shirts being sold at Scheel’s.

  8. Joe, you had me at Donahue #5 jerseys! Remember when Brad Banks and Jermire Roberts had the same number?

    Scott is writing a story about Heisman campaigns and marketing for Friday.

    I know the UI knows when a Hawks high school paints the Tiger Hawk on its basketball floor in Minnesota (or Montana or wherever that was). The UI seems to have a keen spider sense on these things.


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