Posted by: marcmwm | July 21, 2009

Hall of Ferentz — Kicker

Nate Kaeding did it all as a kicker at Iowa. He won the 2002 Lou Groza Award and set Iowa's career scoring record with 373 points. That's pretty good. Rob Houghtlin is No. 2 with 290 points. (Brian Ray/Gazette)

Nate Kaeding did it all as a kicker at Iowa. He won the 2002 Lou Groza Award and set Iowa's career scoring record with 373 points. That's pretty good. Rob Houghtlin is No. 2 with 290 points. (Brian Ray/Gazette)

1) Nate Kaeding (2000-03)

This one was easy.

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 20, 2009

Ferentz’s contract here (now with Barta interview)

Kirk Ferentz and the University of Iowa agreed on a contract extension in February. The goal was to have it signed before the 2009 season started.

With Iowa’s fall camp beginning Aug. 5, the deal was signed last week and the UI announced it Monday.

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 20, 2009

Ferentz signs contract

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz walks across the field as members of his team stretch during the Iowa Football Team's spring practice Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Iowa City, Iowa. Saturday's practice was the last practice of spring football. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz walks across the field as members of his team stretch during the Iowa Football Team's spring practice Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Iowa City, Iowa. Saturday's practice was the last practice of spring football. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Here’s the UI release:

FERENTZ, UI SIGN CONTRACT

 IOWA CITY, Iowa – Kirk Ferentz will enter his 20th year as a member of the staff at the University of Iowa with a signed contract as the head coach of the UI football team through the 2015 season.  The UI announced in April it had come to agreement with Ferentz on the terms of a new seven-year agreement. That contract was signed last week.

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 20, 2009

Hall of Ferentz — Cornerback

Caption: Iowa's Jovon Johnson, left, celebrates with teammate Jonathan Babineaux, right, after making an interception during the first half against Arizona State, Saturday Sept. 20, 2003, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Caption: Iowa's Jovon Johnson, left, celebrates with teammate Jonathan Babineaux, right, after making an interception during the first half against Arizona State, Saturday Sept. 20, 2003, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

 1) Jovon Johnson (2002-05)

Johnson finished his career one off Iowa’s interception record. He’s got 17. Devon Mitchell and this guy Nile Kinnick are tied at the top with 18.

Johnson was a gamer. Iowa beat Kent State in recruiting and it was on up from there. He played as a true frosh, played a year with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is now a starting corner for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL.

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 19, 2009

Hall of Ferentz — Safety

Michigan runningback Chris Perry (23) is sent airborne after collididing with Iowa's Bob Sanders (33) during the first quarter of the game on Saturday October 4, 2003 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. (Cliff Jette/Gazette)

Michigan runningback Chris Perry (23) is sent airborne after collididing with Iowa's Bob Sanders (33) during the first quarter of the game on Saturday October 4, 2003 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. (Cliff Jette/Gazette)

 1) Bob Sanders (2000-03)

 Sanders is arguably the most important player in the Ferentz era. When he arrived and did his thing, Kirk Ferentz had someone he could point to and say, “Do that. Be like Bob.” Of course, Ferentz knew what he was getting. Iowa beat out Ohio University on the recommendation of Joe Moore, Ferentz’s mentor.

Moore, who passed away in 2003, sure knew what he was talking about.

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 18, 2009

Hall of Ferentz — Linebackers

Iowa's Chad Greenway (right) jumps on Abdul Hodge after Hodge held the rush of Penn State's Tony Hunt for no gain during the first quarter of their game at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, in State College. Iowa, won 6-4. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette)

Iowa's Chad Greenway (right) jumps on Abdul Hodge after Hodge held the rush of Penn State's Tony Hunt for no gain during the first quarter of their game at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, in State College. Iowa, won 6-4. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette)

OK, I’m whimping out. This has to be a tie, doesn’t it? You can’t have an Abdul Hodge without a Chad Greenway and vice versa. Coaches put so much trust into Hodge, a Norm Parker fave and maybe an all-time fave. Plus, I saw Hodge in the weightroom. The guy worked like a freight train. Greenway was sooo athletic. Hodge was more physical, but Greenway got to a lot of places that most linebackers never make it to.

So, a tie. Sue me.

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 17, 2009

Hall of Ferentz — Defensive end

Iowa's Matt Roth (31) celebrates after sacking Florida quarterback Chris Leak during the Outback Bowl Thursday January 1, 2004 in Tampa, Florida. Iowa won, 37-17. You could make a pretty good argument for Roth being the recruit the helped pump up Iowa's classes early in the Kirk Ferentz era. (Brian Ray/Gazette)

Iowa's Matt Roth (31) celebrates after sacking Florida quarterback Chris Leak during the Outback Bowl Thursday January 1, 2004 in Tampa, Florida. Iowa won, 37-17. You could make a pretty good argument for Roth being the recruit the helped pump up Iowa's classes early in the Kirk Ferentz era. (Brian Ray/Gazette)

1) Matt Roth (2001-04)

 One of the most singular personalities in the Ferentz era, I was lucky enough to be invited for a home visit to the Roths in OakBrook. They were hilarious. Unfortunately, these might have still been the days when The Gazette was still charging for internet access. If this scheduling thingie works, that story should be under this one.

Here’ the sidebar from that story:

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 17, 2009

Matt Roth story from August 2004

Matt Roth a senior at looks at a wall of personal memorabilia in his bedroom at the family home in Oak Brook, Ill., Friday, August 6, 2004. The figure of a football player was a gift from his mother on his 21st birthday. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Carrera)

Matt Roth a senior at looks at a wall of personal memorabilia in his bedroom at the family home in Oak Brook, Ill., Friday, August 6, 2004. The figure of a football player was a gift from his mother on his 21st birthday. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Carrera)

Matt Roth visit story:

OAK BROOK, Ill. – The craziest thing was the chairlift fight on a Colorado mountain.

Dangling 50 feet above the runs and lodges of a Breckenridge ski resort, Matt and T.J. Roth decided to settle the argument the only way teenage brothers know how.

Right then and there.

Sitting inches apart with nowhere to go but down, who’s the best skier in the family?

Ding, ding.

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 16, 2009

Hall of Ferentz — Defensive tackle

 

Iowa's Colin Cole throws roses to the crowd as the celebration takes to the field after Iowa's 45-21 win over Minnesota Saturday in Minneapolis. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette)

Iowa's Colin Cole throws roses to the crowd as the celebration takes to the field after Iowa's 45-21 win over Minnesota Saturday in Minneapolis. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette)

This offseason, former Hawkeyes defensive tackle Colin Cole signed a five-year, $21 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The guarantee is $5 million. He has been Iowa’s biggest DT during the Kirk Ferentz era and he’s certainly one of the richest.

When Cole arrived from Florida as a freshman, he was quiet and kind of shy. When he left as a senior, he was a strong leader who didn’t say a lot, but I’m guessing when he did speak, teammates listened.

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Posted by: marcmwm | July 15, 2009

Hall of Ferentz — Offensive tackle

Robert Gallery carried the American flag while leading the Hawkeyes onto the field prior to the 2003 Orange Bowl in Miami. Gallery, now an Oakland Raider, did plenty of banner carrying for the Hawkeyes, winning the Outland Trophy in the 2003 season. (Gazette file)

Robert Gallery carried the American flag while leading the Hawkeyes onto the field prior to the 2003 Orange Bowl in Miami. Gallery, now an Oakland Raider, did plenty of banner carrying for the Hawkeyes, winning the Outland Trophy in the 2003 season. (Gazette file)

Robert Gallery will soon earn the second contract of his NFL career. He’s healthy and happy and has found a home in the league as a guard. Yes, he was drafted No. 2 in the 2004 draft to play left tackled for 12 seasons, but that didn’t work. Now, he’s thriving at guard with some Pro Bowl mention last season.

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