Bass Named Honorary Captain

Nov. 18, 2004

Former University of Iowa fullback Richard Bass will serve as honorary captain of the 2004 Hawkeyes when Coach Kirk Ferentz’s squad entertains Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. (Iowa time) Saturday at historic Kinnick Stadium.

What’s on the line Saturday when Richard Bass stands at midfield with the rest of Iowa’s captains? Maybe a Big Ten championship but certainly braggin’ rights and the new Heartland Trophy presented annually to the winner of Iowa vs. Wisconsin on the gridiron.

Bass was a four-year letterman for Coach Hayden Fry’s Hawkeyes in the late 1980s. A 5-foot-11, 230-pound fullback who Fry called a “rolling ball of butcher knives” captained and was named co-Most Valuable Player of Iowa’s 1989 squad. Bass played on Hawkeye teams that advanced to the 1986 and 1987 Holiday Bowl games and the 1988 Peach Bowl.

A native of Omaha who prepped at Omaha Central High School, Bass will accompany Iowa’s current game captains to midfield for the pre-game coin toss. He will be a guest on Iowa’s sideline during the game.

Iowa will be seeking to even the all-time series with the nationally ranked Badgers. The teams are also playing for the opportunity to care for the Heartland Trophy for the next year. The game will be played before a sellout crowd of 70, 397 and will help to determine bowl game assignments for a variety of Big Ten Conference teams. It could, depending upon the outcome of the Michigan-Ohio State game earlier in the day, have Bowl Championship Series and Rose Bowl implications.

Saturday is also Senior Day and Fan Appreciation Day at Kinnick.