Media Days Signal Unofficial Kickoff of Season

July 31, 2010

IOWA CITY ,Iowa — The 2010 college football season celebrates an unofficial kickoff this week with a pair of events that puts Kirk Ferentz and his nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in the cross hairs of local, regional and national media not once, but twice within a five-day window.

On Monday, Ferentz and a handful of Hawkeyes will meet media assembled in Chicago for the Big Ten Conference annual meet-and-greet that concludes Tuesday with the staging of the annual Big Ten Conference Kickoff Luncheon. Ferentz will take his place behind the podium at approximately 1:45 p.m. Iowa time on Monday. The Big Ten Network will provide live start-to-finish coverage of all 11 head coaches and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

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Ferentz will then reassemble the defending FedEx Orange Bowl champions on Friday for the University of Iowa’s annual Iowa Football Media Day. That activity will begin officially at 1:30 p.m. Iowa time when Ferentz visits with the media assembled inside the Paul W. Brechler Press Box at historic Kinnick Stadium. That press conference will be available online live and exclusively inside the Hawkeye All-Access, the multi-media portal of, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Fans of the Hawkeyes interested in watching the press conference are not required to become a paying subscriber to Hawkeye All-Access. Instead, all fans need to do is register, a process that takes less than two minutes and only requires an e-mail address.

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Iowa enters the 2010 college football season considered by many to be one of the teams that will contend for the 2010 Big Ten Conference title and the automatic berth in the 2011 Rose Bowl that comes with that achievement. The Hawkeyes are coming off an 11-win 2009 season that included a dominating victory over Georgia Tech in the 2010 Fed Ex Orange Bowl, the UI’s second Bowl Championship Series event under Iowa’s veteran head coach.

The Hawkeyes open the 2010 campaign with a pair of home games against non-conference opponents – Sept. 4 against Eastern Illinois and Sept. 11 against Iowa State in the annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series game – before playing the back-end of a home-and-home series with Arizona Sept. 18 in Tucson.

Iowa concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule Sept. 25 with the staging of the Throwback Game against Ball State. Iowa will celebrate the Forest Evashevski era of football at the UI by donning uniforms similar in design to the 1960 Hawkeye team that shared the league title.

A week later, the Hawkeyes open their 2010 Big Ten season with a prime time game against Penn State inside Kinnick. Iowa also entertains Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State – a daunting schedule that has delighted fans of the Hawkeyes as evidence by the sale of almost 60,000 season tickets.

And, speaking of tickets, UI Athletics Ticket Office staff indicate only a very limited number of tickets remain for the Eastern Illinois and Ball State games. Those are expected to be sold well in advance of the home opener which, as part of the annual National Varsity Club Day activities, the UI will salute the 2010 class of inductees into the UI Athletics Hall of Fame – a group that includes Bob Jeter, a standout on the 1960 Hawkeye squad – and the 1960 and 1985 Iowa football teams who will be staging reunions.