Today's Outback Bowl Report

Dec. 27, 2003

Hospital Visit Photos

Iowa’s Updated Outback Bowl events list

It wasn’t your typical Saturday for the Iowa football team. In fact, it was rather different – much different.

Coach Kirk Ferentz’s squad didn’t have a practice nor did they play a game. Instead, many attended two special events of the 2004 Outback Bowl: The Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast in the morning and the Tampa Bay Lightening-Boston Bruins hockey game in the evening. Sandwiched between was a visit to a local children’s hospital.

Tomorrow there’s work – practice – before play – a visit to Busch Gardens. Ferentz and Florida Coach Ron Zook will also meet the media in the first of two scheduled press conferences featuring the two head coaches.

Here’s a quick look at what they’re writing and saying about the 2004 Outback Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Florida Gators.

In a special to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, David Jones writes about what the current Florida Gator football team thinks about the future for the Florida Gators. The target is a big one. Click here for the full story.

“We thought this was a very tough, physical kid who would hit you. The guy’s tough, and with our defense, you’ve got to be tough to play it.”
Iowa Assistant Coach Phil Parker on Antwan Allen

Kevin Evans, writing for the Quad City Times brings you up-to-date with the Hawkeyes and how preparations for Iowa’s third bowl game under Ferentz are progressing. Click here for the full story.

Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register examines Iowa’s “January Blues” – a string of four straight losses in January bowl games. Do the Hawkeyes turn the corner against Florida? Click here for the full story.

Finally, Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette writes about the local guy who has returned home wearing the black and gold of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Click here for the full story.