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2017 football schedule analysis: Iowa Hawkeyes

Toughest non-conference game: Per usual, there isn’t much heavy-lifting in the non-conference for the Hawkeyes. The trip to Iowa State on Sept. 9 is always emotion-charged. It’s an in-state rival … throw out the records … blah, blah, blah. The battle for Cy-Hawk is a blast, as fans from Council Bluffs to Keokuk get jacked up. Iowa has won the last two meetings and three of the last four in Ames.


Jay Cutler, former Chicago Bears QB, auditioned for role as possible Fox replacement analyst for John Lynch

CHICAGO -- Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler flew to Los Angeles and auditioned with Fox on April 27 for a possible role in the network's television booth, sources told ESPN.

Cutler, 34, has not officially announced his retirement, but sources say the quarterback is leaning toward calling it quits after 11 seasons in the NFL.


Analysis: Ferentz comments highlight fun contrast in Iowa vs. ISU recruiting

There is no one right way to recruit in college football.

And it just so happens that Iowa and Iowa State are polar opposites in how they reel in prospects.

New Hawkeye offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz riled up fans on both sides of the aisle — and in Minnesota and Nebraska, apparently — with his comments on Wednesday night’s Hawk Central radio show, but they add much-needed fire to a hot-and-cold rivalry that is becoming increasingly competitive on the recruiting trail.

Whether you’re a Hawkeye, a Cyclone, or an interested recruiting observer on the couch, that contrast should make Cy-Hawk more fun.

“What has sped things up in our state, especially, is the guys in Ames and then the new guys in Minneapolis seem to have no problem really throwing early things out,” Ferentz said on 1460 KXnO to host Ross Peterson and the Register’s Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert. “And what I’ve learned — certainly about the guys in Ames, and I think we’ll find this about the guys in Minneapolis — what does an offer really mean? I can tell you this much: If the University of Iowa offers you a scholarship and you commit to us, we intend to sign you.”


Cris Carter rips Bears' Mike Glennon over his reaction to Mitchell Trubisky pick

The Chicago Bears stunned the rest of the NFL — including some players on their own roster — by moving up a single pick in the first round to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky second overall. 

Earlier in the offseason, the Bears gave former Tampa Bay backup Mike Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed to become the new starter. Glennon was at a draft party at Soldier Field last Thursday, and according to the Chicago Tribune, Glennon felt like he "had been cheated on by the team" upon seeing the Bears draft the QB of the future. 

Cris Carter and Shannon Sharpe reacted to the report on Tuesday's episode of "Undisputed", and both blasted Glennon for his attitude.


Hawkeye approach led Beathard to 49ers

C.J. Beathard’s performance in Iowa’s pro-style offense positioned the Hawkeye quarterback to be selected in the third round of the NFL draft.

In meeting with reporters shortly after his team made Beathard the 104th pick in this year’s draft, San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said he wouldn’t consider the choice of a quarterback projected to go in the latter rounds of the draft surprising at all.

He said he looked beyond the statistics that saw Beathard’s completion rate fall from 61.6 percent to 56.5 percent and his interceptions double from five to 10 between his first and second seasons as Iowa’s starter.


Shanahan said during the news conference as he watched tape of Beathard, he saw a quarterback who battled through adversity.

“Just because there’s an incompletion, just because you don’t get the touchdown, it doesn’t always mean it’s the quarterback’s fault,’’ Shanahan said. "You’ve got to watch to make sure people are getting open, how the rhythm of the offense is, the protection and the receivers.’’


Damaged trust between Bears, QB Mike Glennon needs repair before season - Chicago Tribune

Mike Glennon was, of all places, at Soldier Field on Thursday night when the Bears changed the course of franchise history and sent shockwaves through the NFL draft. The team had asked its starting quarterback to attend the Miller Lite Bears draft party on the club level.

So much for being a guest of honor, huh?

Because Glennon showed up, we can assume the Bears' invitation didn't include the part about trading up to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the No. 2 pick.

Hey, Mike, can you make it out to Soldier Field for this thing Thursday? We need you to sign a few autographs and shake a few hands after we crush your hopes and make you a lame-duck starter before you take your first practice rep. Cool?


Kyle Schwarber single punctuates Cubs' 7-4 comeback victory over Red Sox

Kyle Schwarber broke out from survival mode Saturday to sheer satisfaction with one protective swing.

Schwarber poked a low and outside 0-2 pitch from left-hander Robby Scott into shallow center field for a single to score the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. It was a highlight of the three-run rally that enabled the Cubs to treasure a 7-4 comeback triumph over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.


Iowa Hawkeyes Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

In case you weren’t watching TV or scrolling through Twitter from Thursday until now, here’s the list of Hawkeyes who were picked up:

3rd Round:

QB C.J. Beathard, San Francisco 49ers

4th Round:

DL Jaleel Johnson, Minnesota Vikings

5th Round:

TE George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

DB Desmond King, Los Angeles Chargers


Iowa Football’s 2017 Non-Con Schedule Does Not Suck, But A Lot of Others Do

Despite what some of the talking heads will tell you, Iowa is carrying its weight in 2017 when it comes to its non-conference football slate.

While working on a series of previews of Iowa’s 2017 opponents for this very site, I realized that both Wyoming and North Texas played in bowl games at the end of last season. Additionally, the annual matchup with Iowa State gives the Hawkeyes a Power 5 opponent in the non-conference every season.