Chicago Happenings

My attempt to keep you up to date on what's happening at Big Ten meetings in Chicago from my office in Iowa City. There are a lot of links.

The 2012 Big Ten Football media event wrapped up on Friday after two-days of hobnobbing in Chicago. It's been tabbed as the unofficial opening to the conference football season, at least by journalists.

It's a judgement call on what took home the prize for top news story of the day. It's a photo finish, it's "combat uniforms" by a nose in front of a player slip-up.

Give me the regular Iowa home and away uniforms and I'm good. But, I'm old and sometimes blind to things in front of my face.

These are a recruiting tool, as the CRG's Marc Morehouse demonstrates. Randy Peterson of the DMR writes on the same topic right here.

Some other hard hitting news that rocked Chicago on Friday was Kirk Ferentz soon becoming a grandfather and a player having a disorderly house in Iowa City.

Peterson's first tweet of the day from the Windy City - Kirk Ferentz reveals that he's going to be a grandpa in November. It's from Brian 's Side of the family. Actually James said it first.

Shortly after the tweet from Peterson, Morehouse followed with De'Andre Johnson being charged with disorderly house in Iowa City. Todd Brommelkamp of Voice of the Hawkeyes added a tweet: Ferentz on DeAndre Johnson disorderly house charge: "Did he sneeze too?" Will learn facts. Some punishment likely. Not end of world.

You can see the public record on Johnson here by making sure date is 7-27-12.

And from Justin VanLaere at Hawkeye Nation, whose life is technical, we get technical with what the heck "disorderly house" is right here.

The CRG's Mike Hlas wrote a nice piece on Micah Hyde.

From the world of social media, incoming Penn State freshman Malik Golden made it seem like he was staying in State College this reweet: "RT @bgates1998: @M_Golden20 from one #PSU alumni to a future PSU alumni thank you for staying! "

Akeel Lynch, another 2012 PSU recruit, made things more cryptic with this tweet: "@ALynch_22: Decisions."

For those that missed the story from Thursday, Iowa said one PSU player contacted it about possibly transferring to Iowa City. Golden and Lynch had Iowa among their finalists during their recruitment.

In roster news, the ICPC's Pat Harty tweeted: Kirk Ferentz said today that incoming freshman Maurice Fleming will play receiver even though he's listed as a DB on the online roster.

The 2012 Big Ten Football media event kicked off Thursday in Chicago. Reporters covering the gathering sent home some Iowa news, thoughts and reaction.

Twitter was a great resource throughout the day. Hawkeye Nation's Jon Miller was on top of things if you want to check out his TL in case you don't follow him, which would be an upset.

Jon first tweeted: Injury; lomax shoulder. Surgery Monday. Most likely miss year. Dakota Getz struggling. Doesn't expect to go in camp.. He followed up with: Kirk: Garmon will be treated through code of conduct. Not planning on suspension. Code of conduct does not call for it and KF: on PSU Complex and confusing. Lot of diff approaches being taken. We will do what we think are appropriate. in quick succession. And he finished the string with: Kirk on Paterno: one year later things look so different. Hard to comprehend.

In those four tweets, my ole buddy summed up the Iowa news and added a Ferentz reaction. They all were posted within a four-minute window.


is a very cool premium video interview with Ferentz one-on-one with Fox Sports Next Reporter Beth Long today in Chicago.

One other thing of note, Iowa AD Gary Barta said Iowa would like to keep Iowa State on his football schedule even if Big Ten went to nine conference games.

Iowa's Fall Roster was released on Chicago on Thursday. Linked here is my listing of the incoming players with uniform number, position, height and weight.

Here's a link to Iowa's complete 2012 roster. Click here if you'd like to see the two-deep heading into August camp.

Ferentz spoke with the media during an open session you can read here. And here is the "On The Side" transcript from Hawkeye Nation.

If you want to read what all the Big Ten coaches said on Thursday, including the weasel at Illinois who sent assistants to State College, click here.

The CRG's Marc Morehouse wrote a notebook updating the Trevon Young story. The senior-to-be at Des Moines Lincoln and 2013 Iowa football verbal commitment was arrested earlier this week on burglary charges.

Pat Harty of the Iowa City Press-Citizen shared his opinion on how other Big Ten coaches should approach "recruiting" players on the current Penn State roster?. CRG Columnist Mike Hlas delved into the same topic.

As a side note, a new branch grew on the Penn State child sexual assault tragedy.

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