Iowa CITY, Ia. - I hear a lot of rumors and speculation regarding University of Iowa sports living here. Some of it is comical, some sad and a lot of it, well, turns out to be true, at least to an extent.
I feel pretty well connected having called Iowa City home since the fall of 1997 and covering football and men's basketball since then. People love to talk, sometimes with an agenda and sometimes without one.
Each week or so, I'm going to roll out a notebook of things I'm hearing as it relates to the Hawkeyes. It won't be published unless the source, most likely unnamed, is one in which I feel real comfortable or there are multiple people i trust telling me the same thing.
Here we go…
McCaffery liked Glover. He knew by not offering him, he risked having to face him for three years, as the California native held opportunities at Penn State and Nebraska.
In the end, Iowa's head man couldn't see how he was going to find minutes for another backcourt player after he received a verbal commitment from Anthony Hubbard early in the week when Glover was to visit. Hubbard didn't announce until Saturday.
I get the feeling that Hyde at safety this spring accomplished a few things - 1. It allowed Micah a chance to be the quarterback and better learn the defense; 2. In case Miller isn't ready, Hyde got a jump at playing FS; 3. B.J. Lowery and Greg Castillo, two CBs Iowa likes a lot, got reps in the spring.
The interest in Shaq Stokes ended, for the most part, after a few in-person scouts. The smallish NY PG, who committed to Hawaii, struggled when Iowa saw him in person. He showed an unorthodox shot.
Iowa liked Eli Carter's game, to an extent, but he did not play well when Iowa watched him in person. He lacked concern that his team was losing, instead pointing out perceived injustices to him by the officials.
I agree with the thought that it's tough to compare a left tackle, Reiff, and a center, Ferentz. Their jobs carry much different requirements.
What I have heard is that these are two of the nastiest, meanest linemen during the Kirk Ferentz Era. These guys aren't dirty. They just play through the whistle in games and practice.