April 8, 2005
Inside Iowa is a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, compliments of the Hawkeye Radio Network, the exclusive radio home of the University of Iowa football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and the weekly call-in shows of Kirk Ferentz, Steve Alford and Lisa Bluder.
Inside Iowa is a daily feature produced for the University of Iowa by the Hawkeye Radio Network.
Iowa’s softball team returns to Big Ten action today after bouncing back from three-straight league losses last weekend with a victory earlier this week at Northern Illinois. Purdue and Indiana are waiting in the wings and Gayle Blevins says she’s expecting a solid performance from her Hawkeyes.
Thursday, April 7
Bob Rydze has traveled the globe during his 30 years of coaching some of the nation’s top divers. His latest success story involved UI junior Nancilea Underwood, who copped a pair of bronze medals in an international diving competition in China.
Wednesday, April 6
Salt Lake City here we come! Larissa Libby’s Iowa women’s gymnatics team will make its fourth straight NCAA Championship appearance Saturday when they square off against five nationally ranked squads.
Tuesday, April 5
Iowa begins its quest for its 37th appearance in the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship this weekend. Coach Tom Dunn’s squad is strong on the floor, but they’ll need to be strong across the spectrum of events if they are to advance out of the regional.
Monday, April, 4
Jack Dahm’s Iowa Hawkeyes opened the Big Ten Conference baseball season with a split of four home games with the Spartans of Michigan State. “It’s nice to open the year in the middle of the pack versus the bottom,” said Dahm, after Iowa pounded 11 hits in Sunday’s 10-7 victory.
Friday, April 1Four members of the University of Iowa men’s track team have already qualified this year’s NCAA Regional Championship. The outdoor season is starting fast for Coach Larry Wieczorek’s squad.
Thursday, March 31The collegiate golf season is about ready to hit full stride. Coach Terry Anderson gives fans of the game and the Hawkeyes a sneak peek at this year’s squad and next week’s Big Ten season opener at Purdue. One stroke per Hawkeye per round will pay big dividends for theUI, says Anderson.
Wednesday, March 30
It’s back to business in the Iowa wrestling room. Jim Zalesky’s 2005-06 lineup will include four all-Americans and will return starters in every weight class. “Next year” began the day after this year’s national championship and the goal was clear: National champions in 2006.
Tuesday, March 29
It’s about competing and playing against the best to get better. That’s why Iowa’s baseball team traveled to Wichita State last weekend. It was a measuring stick for Jack Dahm as he prepares his team for this weekend’s Big Ten Conference season opener against Michigan State.
Friday, March 9
Gary Dolphin reports from the 2005 Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament where it was raining three-pointers for the Iowa Hawkeyes Thursday. Steve Alford believes today’s opponent – Michigan State – is a Final Four-caliber squad. But he knows his Hawkeyes will be ready to play.
Thursday, March 8It’s a long week – the longest of the season – for Coach Lisa Bluder’s Iowa women’s basketball team. Sunday is Selection Sunday and it’s then Bluder’s Bunch will learn their NCAA fate. Until then, it’s a little bit of a lot of things for the coaching staff and the Hawkeyes.
Wednesday, March 7March means Madness for college basketball fans. For the past two years, the UI Bob Bowlsby has been at the helm of the selection committee for the NCAA’s men’s tournament. Jane Meyer begins a five-year term on the selection committee for the women’s tournament this fa..
Tuesday, March 6
Kenny Arnold played an integral part of the UI’s 1980 Final Four team. He suffered a stroke in 1985 and hasn’t been the same strong, quick man since. Today, his teammates are lending a helping hand.
Monday, March 5
Six different teams have won the Big Ten Conference tournament. Iowa, the No. 7 seed in the league’s annual party, meets Purdue on Thursday in first round action. Coach Steve Alford’s Hawkeyes will take a three-game winning streak into the Windy City.
Friday, March 4
Marc Long, a six-time all-American swimmer at the UI, is now in charge of both the men’s and women’s swimming programs at Iowa. Gary Dolphin visits with the former Hawkeye about his newest challenge.
Thursday, March 3
It’s also “Championship Season” on the mat with the 2005 Big Ten Conference Wrestling Championship being staged inside Carver-Hawkeye Area on Saturday and Sunday. Jim Zalesky says his Hawkeyes have to force their style on their opponents this weekend.
Wednesday, March 2
It’s “Championship Season” for Big Ten Conference women’s basketball programs like Lisa Bluder’s. The Hawkeyes play Michigan on Thursday in first round action of the 2005 league tournament. It’s the first of what Iowa fans hope will be four games played in Indianapolis by Bluder’s Bunch.
Tuesday, Mar. 1
Brent Balbinot visits the lone senior on Coach Steve Alford’s 2005 Iowa men’s basketball team: Guard Jack Brownlee, who grew up a Hawkeye and has had the opportunity to live his a dream.
Monday, Feb. 28
Steve Alford’s squad broke into the Big Ten road win column last Saturday at Penn State. Now its Ohio State in the home season finale as the Hawkeyes look to build momentum heading into Chicago the second week of March.
Friday, Feb. 25
Iowa’s Boys of Summer take to the playing field for the first time in 2005 tonight. Jack Dahm likes his pitching despite a lack of experience and a little bite from the injury bug. Dahm also thinks the 2004 Hawkeyes have speed and bat-on-the-ball ability that should put some pressure on their opponents.
Thursday, Feb. 24
It’s Senior’s Night on the University of Iowa campus. Coach Lisa Bluder’s squad will salute the efforts of five seniors who have been directly involved in Iowa’s climb back into the national stage.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
Jack Dahm wanted to build a foundation last year, his first, as Iowa’s baseball coach. That task accomplished, Dahm’s focus this year is to build on last year’s successes and to begin putting pressure on the Hawkeyes’ opponents.
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Steve Houghton talks with Brent Balbinot about his Iowa men’s tennis team who has answered their coach’s pre-season questions in a big way thus far this spring.
Monday, Feb. 21
One game at a time is a must now for Coach Steve Alford’s Hawkeyes, who travel to Minnesapolis on Wednesday for a date with Minnesota. “The guys are fighting,” Alford told Gary Dolphin, who also noted that the Iowa women are also taking that one-game-at-a-time approach as they attempt to tighten down a berth in the NCAA’s post-season party for women’s basketball.
Friday, Feb. 18
Next on the agenda for Steve Alford’s Hawkeyes is top-ranked and unbeaten Illinois. Greg Brunner visits with Bobby Hansen and Gary Dolphin about this important Big Ten basketball game.
Thursday, Feb. 17
Seniors Night is Saturday for Larissa Libby’s Iowa women’s gymnastics team. The Hawkeyes entertain the Iowa State Cyclones in a Cy-Hawk Series event in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Wednesdasy, Feb. 16
It’s a little too cool to be thinking water sports with one one exception: Members of the Iowa rowing team. Mandi Kowal visits with Brent Balbinot about the Hawkeyes.
Tuesday, Feb. 15
It’s the indoor track season and the Hawkeyes have one of the nation’s best throwers who has had to overcome a series of injuries to earn that position of prominence. Brent Balbinot visits with LarryWieczorek about Randy Banse of Strawberry Point.
Monday, Feb. 14
The third annual Iowa Football FanFest drew a record crowd 350 participants and included a bucketload of black-and-gold. Gary Dolphin provides a quick look at this very special pigskin event.
Friday, Feb. 11
Steve Alford’s squad regroups for a date with Northwestern Saturday after another close loss. Gary Dolphin visits with Steve Alford about finding a fourth scorer to complement the triumvirate of Brunner, Horner and Haluska.
Thursday, Feb. 10
The recruiting trail was good, very good, for first-year UI volleyball coach Cindy Fredrick. She visits with Brent Balbinot about the class of newcomers.
Wednesday, Feb. 9
Brent Balbinot visits with Jim Zalesky about the Hawkeyes long-awaited return to Carver-Haawkeye Arena. Iowa entertains No. 8 Minnesota and No. 5 Michigan Friday and Sunday nights.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
An invitation to the 2005 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship may hinge on a strong finish by Coach Lisa Bluder’s Hawkeyes. Brent Balbinot visits with Bluder about the status of her squad.
Monday, Feb. 7
Coach Steve Alford’s Hawkeyes staged a furious comeback Saturday against nationally ranked Michigan State but came up short. There’s no time to reflect, however. Wisconsin is up next.
Friday, Feb. 4
Michael Henderson is now the starting point guard for Coach Steve Alford’s Iowa Hawkeyes. Gary Dolphin takes a look at the change in the Hawkeye lineup and what’s ahead for the UI squad.
Thursday, Feb. 3
A couple of stingers last week has the attention of Jim Zalesky. Iowa’s wrestling coach says it’s not how one starts, but how one finishes, particularly when you’re young and inexperienced.
Wednesday, Feb. 2
Iowa women’s basketball have used the last six days to rest and heal. Next on the Hawekyes’ agenda: Minnesota in Minneapolis Thursday night. It promises to be another battle for Bluder’s Bunch.
Tuesday, Feb. 1
Brent Balbinot visits with Jack Dahm about the second annual Iowa Baseball Lead-Off Dinner scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 10, in Iowa City and featuring Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry.
Monday, Jan. 31
Coach Steve Alford’s nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes have a little time off before squaring off with Michigan State Saturday in Carver-Hawkeye. Alford’s squad will use the momentum of its big win over Indiana to get ready for the Spartans.
Friday, Jan. 28
Gary Dolphin looks ahead to tomorrow’s men’s basketball game against Indiana inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. and the game is the first of three against teams that rank ahead of Iowa in the league standings.
Thursday, Jan. 27
Brent Balbinot visits with talented UI senior center Jamie Cavey, the 21st Hawkeye to score 1,000 points as a member of Iowa’s women’s basketball program.
Brent Balbinot visits with UI women’s swimming head coach Marc Long about this weekend’s dual meets with Northwestern and Ohio State – the final home appearance for Iowa’s senior class.
The committee within the NCAA is considering a change to the college baseball schedule that will help level the playing field for teams like the Unversity of Iowa’s. Brent Balbinot visits with UI Coach Jack Dahm.
Iowa said good-bye to legendary Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady and hello to Doug Thomas Saturday during the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten victory over the Boilermakers. Gary Dolphin talks with Steve Alford about Keady and more.
It was a defensive battle last night in Champaign with Coach Steve Alford’s nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes falling a whisker short in its upset bid of top-ranked Illinois. Gary Dolphin visits with Alford in today’s installment of Inside Iowa.
Thursday, Jan. 20
Brett Balbinot visits with Matt Henderson, executive director of National I-Club, talks about a special event being staged with Mediacom tonight when Iowa squares off against top-ranked Illinois in men’s basketball.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
Former Iowa football standout Nate Kaeding visited campus yesterday and talked about life in the NFL and his miss in the San Diego Chargers’ playoff game.
Tuesday, Jan. 18
Brent Balbinot visits with Larissa Libby about the upcoming women’s gymnastics season. Iowa’s first-year coach says she’ll be counting on new leaders to keep the Hawkeyes ranked among the nation’s best.
Friday, Jan. 14
Saturday is a big day on the hardcourt in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Steve Alford’s 2005 Iowa team will square off against Minnesota at 1:30 p.m. The UI will honor its 1980 Final Four team as part of Iowa Basketball Lettermen’s Day activities.
Thursday, Jan. 13
Brent Balbinot visits with Lindsay Richards, Iowa’s talented point guard who has announced she will skip the 2004-05 season to fully complete recovery from a knee injury she sustained during the summer
Wednesday, Jan. 12
Brent Balbinot visits with Tom Dunn, head coach of the nationally ranked Iowa men’s gymnastics team. The Hawkeyes are eyeing a return to the national championship and could get there thanks to stronger performances on the rings and continued consistency.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
Brent Balbinot visits with UI Track Coach Larry Wieczorek about this weekend’s opening event for the Hawkeye men’s track team. The Iowa Open starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at the UI Rec Building and includes Jim Grant’s Iowa women’s track and field squad.
It was a tough week for the Hawkeyes on the hardcourt. Coach Lisa Bluder’s squad suffered its first two losses of the 2004-05 season. Coach Steve Alford’s squad also dropped a pair. Gary Dolphin visits with Alford about what’s next for his team.
Friday, Jan. 7
It’s “A Game” in the Big Ten or else – just ask Steve Alford and Lisa Bluder, whose teams lost home games this week. Both squads look to rebound with road victories, but the going won’t be easy.
Thursday, Jan. 6
Brent Balbinot talks with junior Johanna Solverson of Iowa’s unbeaten and nationally ranked Iowa women’s basketball team in today’s edition of Inside Iowa.
Wednesday, Jan. 5
Coach Jim Zalesky’s Hawkeyes are coming off a solid showing at this year’s Midlands event and now turn their attention to the dual meet season beginning with Friday’s date with Virginia Tech, coached by former Hawkeye standout Tom Brands.
Tuesday, Jan. 4
Brent Balbinot talks women’s basketball and, specifically, Big Ten women’s basketball with UI Coach Lisa Bluder, who says the league is loaded in 2004-05.
Monday, Jan. 3
Drew Tate left Gary Dolphin speechless on New Year’s Day. The voice of the Hawkeyes talks to Iowa’s signal-caller about the 2004 season that ended with a thrilling victory in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.
Thursday, Dec. 30
Coach Lisa Bluder’s Iowa women’s basketball team won all 11 of its 2004-05 non-conference games. Tonight, the Hawkeyes open Big Ten Conference action. Brent Balbinot gives a preview.
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Whether it’s the renovation of Kinnick Stadium or the funding of scholarships, the generosity of friends and fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes play a significant role in keeping the UI’s athletic programs flying high. Brent Balbinot visits with the UI’s Andy Piro about the National I-Club and more.
Tuesday, Dec. 28
The Hawkeyes arrived in Orlando last week. 30,000 or more of their closest friends are descending upon the Sunshine State this week in preparation for the 2005 Capital One Bowl. Brent Balbinot visits with the UI’s Andy Piro about what’s waiting in Florida for the black-and-gold faithful.
Monday, Dec. 27
Brian Ferentz visits with Gary Dolphin about what it’s like to play for the Hawkeyes and his father, head coach Kirk Ferentz.
Tuesady, Dec. 21
Coach Lisa Bluder’s Hawkeyes continue to climb in the national polls. Bluder’s Bunch will be seeking win No. 10 Tuesday in Carver-Hawkeye.
Monday, Dec. 20
Chicago…Chicago…that toddlin’ town. Steve Alford’s nationally ranked Iowa men’s basketball team travel to the Windy City for a date with Texas Tech on Tuesday while Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa football team continues its preparations for the 2005 Capital One Bowl.
Friday, Dec. 17
It’s just two weeks away…the 2005 Capital One Bowl. Gary Dolphin visits with Kirk Ferentz about the Hawkeyes’ New Year’s Day opponent, the LSU Tigers.
Thursday, Dec. 16
Conditioning has played a big role in the success of Coach Lisa Bluder’s unbeaten and nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Brent Balbinot talks to the woman in charge of keeping Bluder’s Bunch healthy, Jennie Hartgrave, in today’s installment of Inside Iowa.
Wednesday, Dec. 15
The cross country season for the Iowa Hawkeyes ended strong. Now the focus is preparation for the coming indoor and outdoor track seasons. Brent Balbinot visits with Larry Wieczorek.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
Lisa Bluder’s Iowa women’s basketball team broke into the Associated Press’ Top 25 yesterday and for good reason: Iowa won a triller last Friday at Creighton to push its record to a perfect 8-0.
Monday, Dec. 13
It’s finals week on the UI campus, so Iowa’s men’s basketball team will be idle until Saturday. Steve Alford’s squad ended its three-game series against intrastate rivals with a big win over Iowa State, sparked by former Cyclone Adam Haluska.
Friday, Dec. 10
A win on the hardcourt of Carver-Hawkeye Arena by Coach Steve Alford’s squad tonight gives Iowa a sweep of the intrastate series. The win won’t be easy to secure, however. Steve explains to Gary Dolphin in today’s installment of Inside Iowa.
Thursday, Dec. 9
Iowa’s wrestling program isn’t picked as high in the early-season rankings as it is accustomed. However, UI Coach Jim Zalesky isn’t as concerned about what those outside of his program think. He’s focused on those in Hawkeye workout room.
Wednesday, Dec. 8
It takes a fair amount of work to put the weekly television shows of Iowa’s head football coach and men’s basketball coach on the air each week. Brent Balbinot visits with the man behind the camera and more, UI Video Director Mike Moriarity.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Lisa Bluder talks about the change in Crystal Smith’s play from last year to this year. Smith has played a big role in Iowa’s 6-0 start and will need another strong performance Wednesday against Marquette if the Hawkeyes are to improve to 7-0.
Northern Iowa and Iowa State are next on the agenda for Coach Steve Alford’s nationally ranked Hawkeyes. The first opponent will pit a pair of powerful backcourts head-to-head Tuesday night in the Arena.
Friday, Dec. 3
Marc Long’s Iowa women’s swimming team is the next UI squad set to score points in the new Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. The Hawkeyes entertain Iowa State at 1 p.m., Saturday, in the UI Fieldhouse pool.
Wednesday, Dec. 1
Larissa Libby’s Iowa women’s gymnastics team takes center staged in today’s installment of Inside Iowa. The Hawkeyes are looking to fill holes in the lineup after enjoying back-to-back Top 10 finishes.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
The Iowa women’s basketball team has surprised its opponents and even itself with its early season success. Now, it’s Iowa State in the new Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. High energy on and off the court would be big for the Hawkeyes. Libby’s squad and Coach Tom Dunn’s men’s team square off in the team’s annual Black and Gold event at 2 p.m. Saturday in the UI Fieldhouse.
Monday, Nov. 29
It’s roundball season and while neither Iowa basketball team had much chance to work on their tans during their recent trips to Hawaii and the Bahamas, both came away with very strong performances.
Wednesday, Nov. 24
Tuesday, Nov. 23
It’s hoops season. Alford’s squad won a biggie in Maui yesterday. Bluder’s squad heads to the Bahamas for action Friday and Saturday.
Monday, Nov. 22
A Big Ten championship…who would have thought it eight weeks ago. Take a look back at the 2004 football season, a season that will end in Florida.
Thursday, Nov. 18
There are actually two Iowa vs. Wisconsin games on the gridiron to be played this weekend. Learn more about the “Rusty Tool Box” game.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Brent Balbinot talks a little NCAA Cross Country with Coach Larry Wieczorek. The Hawkeyes earned a berth in this year’s national championship with a third-place finish at last week’s regional meet.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
It’s wrestling season and Brent Balbinot visits with Jim Zalesky about national rankings, pre-season competition, and his strategy moving forward to this year’s Big Ten and NCAA championships.
Monday, Nov. 15,
Gary Dolphin talks about Iowa quarterback Drew Tate and the Hawkeyes’ magical victory at Minnesota last Saturday in the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale. Dolphin also visits with UI Athletic Director about the agreement between the University of Iowa and Kirk Ferentz.
Friday, Nov. 12
Gary Dolphin talks a little Hawkeye football and the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale. There’s also a little more at stake this year including bowl game positioning within the Big Ten.
Thrusday, Nov. 11
Iowa’s nationally ranked field hockey team returns to NCAA Tournament participation for the first time since the 1999 campaign with a 1 p.m. (Iowa time) Saturday date with American University in College Park, Md. Brent Balbinot visits with UI Coach Tracey Griesbaum about the Hawkeyes’ season and this weekend’s post-season action.
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Brent Balbinot talks with first-year UI women’s swimming coach Marc Long, a former Big Ten champion at the Hawkeyes, about the coming season for his Iowa Hawkeye squad.
Tuesday, Nov. 9
Snow is getting ready to fly, but that doesn’t mean the Iowa baseball team is shutting down for the winter months. Just to the contrary reports Brent Balbinot, who visits with Hawkeye Coach Jack Dahm in today’s installment of Inside Iowa.
Monday, Nov. 8
Gary Dolphin talks a little Iowa football after Iowa’s thrilling 23-21 victory over Purdue and looking forward to Saturday’s game with Minnesota – the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale.
Thursday, Nov. 4
Senior defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux talks about how he was motivated by his teammates during his rehabilitation after a season-ending injury last year at Ohio State. He also looks ahead to this week’s game against Purdue, a team that sports a high-powered offense.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Moving the Hawkeyes. Brent Balbinot talks with UI staffer John Streif about all that’s involved in moving the Hawkeyes for an away game whether that game in across the state, across the Midwest, or across the nation.
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Brent Balbinot talks about with several members of Lisa Bluder’s 2004-05 Iowa women’s basketball team and about what it will take for the Hawkeyes to reach the post-season for the fifth consecutive season.
Monday, Nov. 11
Gary Dolphin talks about Iowa’s hard luck on the injury front and with Kirk Ferentz about the improvement in the play of the Hawkeyes’ offensive line and special teams. The progress comes at a good time with Iowa facing three difficult tests in November.
Friday, Oct. 29
The Hawkeyes square off against the Fighting Illini on the gridiron Saturday in Champaign, Ill. Gary Dolphin talks a little football plus takes one last look at Sunday’s Big Ten Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.
Thursday, Oct. 28
Brent Balbinot takes a look at Sunday’s Big Ten Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships on the Ashton Cross Country Course on the UI campus. The course is dedicated at 9:45. The women’s championship will start at 10:45; the men’s race will follow.
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Brent Balbinot visits with John Davey, head coach of the UI’s men’s swimming and diving team, about his 2004-05 Hawkeyes, last week’s season opener against nationally ranked Wisconsin and the remainder of the ’04-05 year.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Brent Balbinot talks a little defense with Crystal Smith and Jamie Cavey of Coach Lisa Bluder’s Iowa women’s basketball team. The Hawkeyes are only weeks away from their 2004-05 season-opening exhibition game Nov. 4 against the Australian Institute for Sport in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Monday, Oct. 25
Gary Dolphin talks with UI women’s cross country coach Layne Anderson and Hawkeye men’s cross country coach Larry Wieczorek about Sunday’s Big Ten Conferene Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.
Friday, Oct. 22
Steve Alford talks about the addition of Adam Haluska to the lineup for the 2004-05 Iowa Hawkeyes.
Thursday, Oct. 21Larry Wieczorek talks about his team’s chances of advancing to this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Championship.