Thanks to the Hawkeye Historian we can honor OSU's coach Tressel and his resignation by watching 15 minutes of highlights of the the epic beat down that took place in Kinnick stadium on October 16, 2004. As Hawkeye fans we know that beating OSU is a rare occurance, especially a win of this nature. This day was a joyous one, at least for me. Fond memories:
The impact from the NCAA's investigation into Ohio State's shenanigans might not have an immediate affect on Buckeye recruiting but as it continues along and the findings are released it may mean some OSU recruits start looking elsewhere.
I'm going to make the assumption that those two are firm with Ohio State and the focus of this post isn't about which current OSU verbals may look around. I thought since I had listed football recruits holding Iowa offers on the 'News Board' I'd look at which of those kids hold offers from both Iowa and OSU (or may list both school as showing interest in them as a recruit).
It will be an interesting year for recruiting in the Big Ten. The door is open for Michigan, new staff and all, to have a banner year on the recruiting trail. With the NCAA knocking on OSU's door the Wolverines will be able to sneak across the border and steal some recruits.
The Hawkeyes have their own hill to climb assuming some negative recruiting by others stemming from the Rhabdo story that dominated headlines earlier in the year.
Notre Dame may be another player in the Midwest as Brian Kelly continues to build his program in South Bend.
Here we go, here are the football recruits holding offers or interest from Iowa that Ohio State has also offered and/or showed interest (with a link to several recruiting service bios and possibly YouTubes).
And that's quite a lengthy list. Does it mean anything this early in the game? Probably not. But these are names to know and the kids from Ohio (designated by the asterisk) may potentially become a head-to-head battle on the recruiting front.
The Hawkeyes have had success recruiting in the state of Ohio. Former Hawks Ricky Stanzi and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos are Ohio natives (fellow blogger FightforIowa has a nice breakdown of the Ohio kids on the current roster). Perhaps possible sanctions and the forthcoming punishment to OSU will open the door a little more for the Hawks on the recruiting front.
If you haven't already heard, the Ohio State University and its football team is under investigation by the NCAA. Their coach, Jim Tressel, resigned yesterday amidst the ongoing investigation. The SI article, linked here above, cites a Ohio State memorabilia for tattoo trade that head coach Tressel was made aware of but failed to report to the proper authorities.
Today, I asked if the same thing was happening at Iowa State.
I made a call to a tattoo parlor located near the ISU campus. The name of the parlor will remain anonymous to protect them from any backlash from the ISU faithful. I spoke with an individual, who we will call Perry, to find out if there is a ISU memorabilia black market in the town of Ames.
Perry immediately replied with "no."
I asked if they have a rec room, or man cave, with a PlayStation and cool ISU stuff on the walls. Perry informed me that his parlor has a Sega Genesis and a few black light posters, but the black light is broken.
Perry went on to add that no ISU football players have hung out at his establishment. In fact, no one really hangs out there, except a few hipster wanna-be-kids that probably attend Ames High School and foreign exchange students that believe they are in their dorm.
So, that ended my investigation into Iowa State.
While I had Perry on the phone I decided to ask what kind of tattoo I could get in exchange for ISU memorabilia. The SI report on OSU claims that autographed magazines, game-worn jerseys, pants, and championship rings were part of the OSU player's merchandise for trade. ISU has never won a championship of any kind in football so that sort of leaves me with little to work with.
According to Perry, here are some examples of what one could expect in trade for ISU merchandise:
Any merchandise from the Cyclones Insight.com Bowl victory would bring one something this size:
A program, or magazine, autographed by head coach Paul Rhodes nets one this stick figure, on your chest:
A game-worn jersey from a star player like Steele Jantz can get you a letter on a knuckle. Not all eight knuckles, just one. For all eight you would need, duh, eighty game-worn autographed jerseys.
And finally, a game ball autographed by every player to ever play for the Cyclones could get you a nice giraffe looking thing on your arm, like this:
I didn't really call anybody and I'm not even sure there is a tattoo parlor in Ames, incase I needed to add that.