After last year's 7-6 season, the College Football Playoff national championship may seemingly be a million miles away for Iowa but the title game might be closer to home than you think. Detroit and Minneapolis are among the cities being considered as potential sites for the championship game in future seasons. While things can be a bit brisk in Michigan and Minnesota in early January, it seems only right that the northern cities be in the mix of possibilities as a host site. As Ohio State demonstrated in January, there is quality football played north of the Mason-Dixon line and playing an occasional title game in the upper Midwest is something the selection committee should give a serious look at. The two cities that have applied -- Detroit for 2019 and Minneapolis for 2020 -- aren't the only ones that should be considered over time. There are plenty of NFL-quality venues in the region that could capably host the event. The inaugural final was played in Arlington, Texas, in January and the next two champs will be crowned in Glendale, Ariz., next January and in Tampa in 2017. The organization announced today that organizers in the Bay Area = new 49ers facility in Santa Clara, Calif. - and Houston have submitted applications for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Other areas under consideration for 2018 are Atlanta and South Florida, for 2019 Charlotte, Detroit, New Orleans and San Antonio and for 2020, Charlotte, Minneapolis, New Orleans and San Antonio.
Archive for May, 2015
If there is one spot on the field where incoming freshmen may help the Iowa football team, it may be receiver. The Hawkeyes' needs at the position include developing early depth to complement the collection of returning players. Receivers coach Bobby Kennedy likes what he has seen from the players already in Iowa's camp, but he said last month he likes the potential he sees in the three receivers who are part of the Hawkeyes' 2015 recruiting class. He said the three -- Adrian Falconer of Leesburg, Fla., Emmanuel Ogwo of Mesquite, Texas and Jerminic Smith of Garland, Texas -- all have an opportunity to find their way onto the field next fall for the Hawkeyes. On the surface, Falconer and Smith are the most polished in part because Ogwo did not play football during his junior year at Horn High School while competing in track. Ogwo continued to demonstrate the kind of speed that intrigues coaches about his potential on the football field at the Texas state high school track championships last weekend. Ogwu finished fourth Saturday in the 400-meter dash in Class 6A for the second straight year, crossing the finish line in 46.68 seconds. A Junior Olympic national champion in the same event, Ogwu brings a dynamic in speed to the Hawkeye receiving corps. As much as anything, Kennedy likes the competition that the newcomers will provide for Iowa's returning receivers. "I think guys get put in those situations when they are pushed a little bit, they rise up or they wither,'' Kennedy said. "Competition is good for everybody. So, hopefully we can get these (new) guys to a base understanding of plays this summer and also in camp where they are able to compete. "The toughest thing for a guy coming from high school to college, just like it is going from college to the National Football League, there is volume in what they are asked to do. What happens when guys tend to overthink or think too much, their athletic ability slows down, their speed slows down because their mind locks them up. So, hopefully we can get a jump on that and see what guys can do.''