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Hampton, A-Rob are gone too

Monday, December 13th, 2010

As if Iowa football fans hadn’t endured enough in the past few weeks.

Three straight losses to finish the regular season. The stunning arrest and suspension of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. The not-so-stunning official close of Brandon Wegher’s career.

Now the university has said that the program’s two most experienced running backs are gone, one permanently one for at least the Dec. 28 Insight Bowl. Sophomore running back Jewel Hampton is leaving the Iowa program to transfer to another school and sophomore Adam Robinson, who rushed for 941 yards this season, has been suspended from the team for the bowl.

Hampton, who has had surgery on both knees in the past 18 months but was expected to return at full strength next season, had hinted that this was coming with a series of posts on his Facebook page in the past several days. Last Wednesday, he wrote “NOBODY IS SAFE!!!!!!!” On Friday, he wrote “FAREWELL.’’ At about 9 p.m. Sunday, he wrote “Former Hawk-eye!!! wats next????’’

Several people, including Robinson and defensive end Lebron Daniel, commented on the post. Robinson wrote “hmm…. first and for most… LIVE IT UP!”

Starting to look like Arizona

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

It’s certainly not a sure thing yet, but my hunch is that the Iowa football team is headed for Arizona for the holidays to play in the Dec. 28 Insight Bowl in Tempe. There is good and bad in that.

 It’s good that they’re not making another trip to Florida for a bowl, which wouldn’t be all that appealing to the fans. It’s good because the opponent is going to either Missouri or Nebraska, teams that will get the fans geared up much more than some faceless SEC team.

It’s bad because this is a lesser bowl played at 9 p.m. Central time only a few days after Christmas. While I’ve been pretty much convinced Iowa fans weren’t going to travel well if they were going to Florida again, this might not be any better. Although it’s a new venue and an intriguing opponent, it almost forces Iowans to be away from home for Christmas. That’s something even we media types are struggling with.

One other aspect to this game that may not be a big plus: The Hawkeyes are going to be facing a tougher opponent. Had they gone to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, they were going to face a 7-5 Florida team that’s in even more disarray than they are themselves. Instead it’s going to be 10-2 Missouri with a high-powered offense or 10-3 Nebraska with a very stingy defense. Both are tough matchups. If the Hawkeyes don’t show up any better than they did at Minnesota and Northwesterm, this could be ugly.