Last Spring All-Conference forward, Craig Brackins, announced that he would return for his junior year. Two losses and one win would put the team at either a semi-acceptable 6 and 6 or a joyful 7 and 5.
On Thursday, media conglomerate Gannett Company announced layoffs at many of its newspapers. Among the casualties: Dan McCool of the Des Moines Register.
In my opinion, tailgating can always improve and Iowa St. is no different, though it’s not far from perfect. Hundreds of people play ladder golf, bean bag toss, and other tailgate games. Visitors are usually welcome to participate with the locals. As you would imagine, there was tons of food and beer on hand. Jack Trice Stadium sits on 30-acres of land so there is a ridiculous amount of space to set up shop; this played a big role when I ranked it near the top of my tailgate list.
Now the excitement has risen in Ames as the Iowa State basketball return the core group of players led by future NBA lottery pick, Craig Brackins. Alongside Brackins will be the best recruiting class assembled since McDermott’s arrival on campus.
Iowa is in a better position simply because the Big Ten Conference will take a step back after losing several of its best players to graduation. Ohio State will still be good if Jared Sullinger indeed returns like he says he will. But Purdue loses two studs, Wisconsin loses some star players and Michigan State loses a bulk of its talented roster. Illinois also graduates a lot.
It was during intermission that Trice complained to his coaches about a sore left shoulder, but he insisted, and did, return to action in the second half.
Wrestling coverage suffered a blow with McCool’s departure. I’m sure he’ll be involved still, but it won’t be the same when it comes to spotlighting the state’s No. 1 sport.
The Iowa-Northwestern game is one of 14 night games being played inside the Big Ten Conference this season. The Wildcats have been a thorn in Iowa’s side the last two years. Northwestern ended the team’s run at perfection in 2010 and then edged the Hawks last year in Evanston, Illinois.