Hawkeyes To Appear At Iowa State Fair

Aug. 10, 2010

IOWA CITY, IA – Hawkeye fans and fair-goers will have a chance to meet and reminisce with former athletes and broadcasters at the 2010 Iowa State Fair Thursday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 22.

These “Hawkeye Heroes” will be at the University of Iowa exhibit in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Former UI football and track standout Tim Dwight (football 1994-1997; track 1996, 1998-1999) will be in the booth from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. At the time Dwight graduated, he held Big Ten records for punt return yardage (1,102) and punts returned for touchdowns (5). He also holds current Hawkeye records for career receiving yards (2,271) and career receiving touchdowns (21). His senior year he was a consensus All-American and finished seventh for the Heisman Trophy. He played in the NFL for 10 seasons, 1998-2007. A NFL career highlight was his 94-yard kickoff return touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Dwight also was Big Ten Champion in the 100-meter dash in 1999 and was the 1999 Big Ten Champion in the 4×400 meter relay, the 4×100 meter relay and the 1998 Big Ten Champion in the 4×100 meter relay.

UI head basketball coach Fran McCaffery will also visit the UI exhibit at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Introduced as head coach of the Hawkeyes on March 29, McCaffery is the only coach to lead three different programs from traditional one-bid leagues to the NCAA tournament. McCaffery has coached for 25 years at the Division I level and has a career 251-178 (.585) coaching record.

The full schedule of Hawkeye Heroes follows:

-Abby Emmert – Basketball 2004-2008 (3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug 12) Emmert is the current director of women’s basketball operations. She played guard for the Hawkeyes and led the team to a co-Big Ten regular season title in 2008 and 2 NCAA tournaments. Joining Emmert will be three former women’s basketball players, including Jamie Cavey, who played on the 2001 Big Ten Tournament Championship team, Krista VandeVenter and Wendy Ausdemore, who played on the 2008 Big Ten Championship team.

-Dan Dickel – Football 1971-1973 (3-5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 12) Dickel was a linebacker and was named team Most Valuable Player in 1972. He led the Hawkeye defense in tackles for loss in 1972 and 1973. He went on to play for the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions in the NFL.

-David Triplett – Football 1970-1971 (1-3 p.m. Friday Aug. 13) Triplett was a wide receiver leading the Hawkeyes in receiving in 1971 with 28 catches for 428 yards. He was an academic All-American his senior season.

-Bobby Hansen – Basketball 1980-1983 (1-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14) Hansen played basketball under legendary former coach Lute Olson from 1980-1983. As a freshman, Hansen helped lead the Hawkeyes to the NCAA Final Four. His senior year in 1983 concluded with him being named Iowa’s Most Valuable Player. He played for the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls in the NBA from 1983 to 1992, concluding his career after winning the 1992 NBA Championship with the Bulls.

-Wes Obermueller – Baseball 1997-1999 (1-3 p.m. Sunday Aug. 15) Obermueller played shortstop, outfield and pitcher for the Hawkeyes. He was drafted in the second round by the Kansas City Royals in 1999. He pitched for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Florida Marlins.

-Mark Ironside – Wrestling 1995-1998 (Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16) Ironside was the NCAA champion at 134 pounds in 1997-1998; won four Big Ten titles and was a four time All-American from 1995 to 1998. He was the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year from 1996 to 1998. Ironside went 30-0 in 1997 and had a 67-match winning streak that spanned three seasons.

-Guy Bilek – Football 1965-1967 (1-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16) Bilek was a letter winner in football in 1966 and 1967.

-Lynn Mawe – Golf 1983-1986 (3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17) Mawe lettered from 1983 to 1986, played on the All Big 10 tournament team in 1986 and holds the competitive, 18-hole record at Finkbine from 1969.

-Hugh Drake – Football 1956-1958 (2-4 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 17) Drake played guard and was a letter winner in football from 1956 to 1958.

-Scott Helverson – Football 1981-1984 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 18) Helverson played wide receiver for Iowa’s 1985 Big Ten championship team, and played in the 1986 Rose Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl. His senior season he had 54 receptions totaling 703 yards and five touchdowns. He has been an official for NCAA, Arena Football and the NFL. A highlight of his officiating career was being back judge for Super Bowl XLII.

-Gary Dolphin – Broadcaster (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20) Dolphin is the current voice of the Hawkeyes on radio broadcasts for both Iowa football and basketball.

-Craig Clemons – Football 1969-1971 (3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19) Clemons was a defensive back for the Hawkeyes and a First Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten in 1971. He played for the Chicago Bears in the NFL for six seasons from 1972 to 1977.

-Matt Whittaker – Football 1990-1992 (Noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20) Whittaker played tight end and was a letter winner in football from 1990 to 1992.

-Wilbur Devine, Jr. – Wrestling 1964-1965 (3-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21) Devine Jr., a letter winner in wrestling in 1964 and 1965.

-Chuck Yagla – Wrestling 1973-1976 (Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21) Yagla was a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa and a three-time All-American. In the 1976 NCAA tournament, he was named the Outstanding Wrestler. In 1980, he qualified for the Olympics but was unable to compete due to the United States Olympics boycott. Also a former assistant coach for the Hawkeyes, he is currently the coordinator of wrestling officials for the Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences.

-Jay P. Roberts – Football 1962-1963; Wrestling 1963-1964 (3-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21) Roberts was a letter winner in football in 1962 and 1963 and a letter winner in wrestling in 1963 and 1964.

Also appearing at the UI State Fair exhibit will be Iowa Spirit Squad with Herky from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12 through Saturday, Aug. 14; and Sunday, Aug. 16, 1-5 p.m. Herky will also be at the exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday Aug. 20.

Visitors will also have the chance to win tickets to UI athletic events and to sport their school pride with Hawkeye temporary tattoos and football posters. Many trophies won by UI athletic teams will be on display at the fair, including the FedEx Orange Bowl, Floyd of Rosedale, Heartland Trophy and the wrestling NCAA Championship trophy. The neighboring Hawk Shop will be open, selling Hawkeye merchandise for fans of all ages.

For more information on the UI State Fair exhibit, see http://www.uiowa.edu/statefair.