Thursday, June 16, 2005

'Every Iowa Football Game Will Be Televised, Without Question'

Iowa’s football games against Ball State and Northern Iowa at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City will be televised this fall, the Big Ten Conference said today.

The Hawkeyes' season opener Sept. 3 against Ball State will be televised by ESPN-plus to a regional audience. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. [CDT]. The Sept. 17 game against Northern Iowa will begin at 2:30 p.m. [CDT] and will be shown regionally on ESPN-plus and nationally on the ESPNU Network.

Stations carrying the games will be KDSM in Des Moines; KGAN in Cedar Rapids; KWQC in the Quad Cities; Cox Cable in Omaha and KYOU in Ottumwa.

"We are still working on [the] Sioux City and Mason City/Austin/Rochester [markets]," said a man who is heavily involved in the TV negotations.

That same man said, "Every Iowa football game will be televised this year, without question."

The announcement brings to four the number of Iowa games already slated for the 2005 TV schedule. Iowa games at Iowa State on Sept. 10 [2:30 p.m., ABC] and at Purdue on Oct. 8 [3:30 p.m., ESPN] were announced for TV earlier.

The Hawkeyes have had their last 40 games televised. The last Iowa game not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.


A guy never knows what he'll find in "Bucknuts," a website tightly connected to Ohio State athletics.

Here's one thing someone found:

Kurt Coleman Update!

By Chris Pool
Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Date: June 15, 2005

Clayton (Ohio) Northmont cornerback Kurt Coleman had a surprisingly good visit to Kansas State a few weeks ago, but according to the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, it was Iowa that blew him away. Could Coleman be headed to Iowa City to play his college football?

"Iowa was incredible," Kurt Coleman said. "I had a great time. The facilities are excellent. The stadium is being renovated and I felt very comfortable there.

"I didn't commit. I'm going to Ohio State tomorrow and I'm going to Tennessee next week. I'd also like to check out West Virginia and Cincinnati.

"I still can't stop talking about Iowa. Coach Ferentz is one of the most down to earth guys I've met.

"Iowa isn't a program that is up and coming. They've arrived. They are beating teams like Florida and LSU in bowl games and Iowa is always in the hunt for the Big Ten championship."

Word around the campfire is that these unofficial visits are nothing more than a vacation for Coleman. Many feel that Kurt will commit to Ohio State very soon.

We asked the man himself what he thought about the rumors that he will be giving the Buckeys his verbal commitment before the end of the month.

"I'm going to commit by the end of the month, but Ohio State isn't a lock," Coleman explained.

"I'm going to spend the day at Ohio State tomorrow, check out the facilities, the campus, the whole nine yards. I'm going to make the best decision for myself.

"Iowa is way up there now and I still wnat to visit Tennessee before I make a decision."

As a junior, Coleman had 92 tackles and 10 interceptions.

[RON MALY'S COMMENTS: The kid might merely be enjoying his "vacation" recruiting visits, but it's nice to know that he thinks very highly of Kirk Ferentz and Iowa].



I enjoyed your article on the Cardinals. We don't get anything but Atlanta Braves out here [in South Carolina]. I couldn't stand the Braves when they were in Milwaukee, so I hate them twice as much out here. I completely agree with you on the Bucks as announcers. They make me so I don't like anything named Buck: Milwaukee Bucks, Buck Rogers. I wasn't much of a Harry Caray fan, either, except he made a good cartoon character. I listened to him and Gus Mancuso when they announced Cardinal games from Sportsmans Park in St. Louis. Doesn't Harry have sons that are also announcers? Skip Caray? I may be spelling their name wrong, but maybe we need some new blood behind the microphone.

--Gordy Scoles

[RON MALY'S COMMENTS: Scoles' e-mail was in response to an item I had in one of my recent columns. I said I disliked it that Joe Buck, a nationally-prominent Fox Sports announcer, comes across as a St. Louis Cardinals cheerleader on telecasts of that team's games. Buck also appears in commercials during the games, which adds to the ridiculousness of the entire situation. Scoles asked about the late Harry Caray and his family. Harry broadcast games for the Cardinals, Oakland and Chicago White Sox before winding it up with the Cubs. His son, Skip, and his grandson, Chip, are Atlanta Braves announcers. Chip spent some time as the Cubs' TV announcer, but joined analyst Steve Stone in quitting after the 2004 season because of critcism from manager Dusty Baker and some of his players].


2 ex-employees sue The Star

Former editorial writers allege racial, age and religious discrimination.

By J.K. Wall

Two editorial writers formerly employed at The Indianapolis Star sued the newspaper and its owner, Gannett Co. Inc., on Monday, alleging religious, racial and age discrimination.

James L. Patterson, 51, and Lisa M. Coffey, 46, filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. They seek to be reinstated to their former positions at The Star, to be paid wages and benefits lost since they left the paper, and to receive damages for pain and suffering, among other costs.

"It appears that people at The Star, at a fairly high level, decided . . . that their views couldn't be tolerated," said John R. Price, attorney for Patterson and Coffey. Price frequently has represented conservative and Christian causes.

Ali Zoibi, vice president of human resources at The Star, said it is the paper's policy not to discuss personnel matters. But he noted that the Indianapolis office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated charges made by both Patterson, who is black, and Coffey and dismissed them.

"We do not discriminate," Zoibi added, declining further comment.

Patterson and Coffey claim, in the lawsuit, that Editor and Vice President Dennis Ryerson and Publisher Barbara Henry were hostile toward Christianity and Christian employees at The Star. They also assert that Henry and Ryerson strongly disagreed "with anyone who had a biblical view of homosexuality."

Henry's assistant and Ryerson referred requests for comment to Zoibi.

[RON MALY'S COMMENTS: Ryerson and Henry formerly worked in Des Moines. Needless to say, they weren't well-liked here, either. There was lots of cheering when they left town].


Barry Crist must have just had some fantastic Mexican food before sending me this e-mail:

Three women go down to Mexico one night, get drunk, and wake up in jail, only to find that they are to be executed in the morning, though noneof them can remember what they did the night before.

The first one, a redhead, is strapped in the electric chair, and is asked if she has any last words. She says, "I am from Grace University, and believe in the almighty power of God to intervene on the behalf of the innocent." They throw the switch and nothing happens. They all immediately prostrate themselves; beg for her forgiveness, and release her.

The second one, a brunette, is strapped in and gives her last words, "I have a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa Law College and I believe in the power of justice to intervene on the part of the innocent." They throw the switch and, again, nothing happens. Again, they all immediately prostrate themselves; beg for her forgiveness, and release her.

The last one, a blonde, is strapped in and says, "Well, I'm from Iowa State University in Ames, and just graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and I'll tell you right now, you ain't gonna electrocute nobody if you don't plug this thing in."

Vol. 4, No. 351
June 16, 2005