Hawkeye Huddle in West Lafayette, Indiana

Saturday, October 15, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

West Lafayette, Indiana

Iowa – Purdue Hawkeye Huddle Information

Hawkeye Huddle to be held at the Four Points Sheraton – West Lafayette

Hawkeye fans following the University of Iowa football team to Purdue as the Hawkeyes take on the Purdue Boilermakers are encouraged to attend the Hawkeye Huddle prior to the football game.

Fans are invited to join the National I-Club and University of Iowa Alumni Association from 9 to 11 a.m. (EST) at the Four Points Sheraton—West Lafayette (1600 Cumberland Ave.) in the Grand Ballroom.

Iowa’s Creative Corridor proudly presents the 2016 Iowa Football Hawkeye Huddles at all away football games this season. Hosted by the National I-Club and UI Alumni Association, Hawkeye Huddles include snacks, cash refreshments, door prizes, Herky and the Iowa Spirit Squads. Additional sponsors for the 2016 Hawkeye Huddles include Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center and Iowa River Landing.

Iowa football plays at Purdue on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, with kickoff scheduled for noon (EST).

For more details on the Hawkeye Huddles visit jointheiclub.com or find the National I-Club (@jointheiclub) or UI Alumni Association (@UIowaAlumni) on Facebook and Twitter.


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Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Minnesota

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time

Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, and Pasadena


It’s okay Hawk Nation, you can be frustrated; but the season is far from over.  Other than the Cy-Hawk trophy, there’s no bigger rivalry than Minnesota and the battle for Floyd of Rosedale.  Iowa heads North in a key matchup against the 3-1 Gophers.

There’s one name that stands out for Minnesota and that is Quarterback Mitch Leidner.  He got my attention earlier this summer as he put in serious dedication to better himself.  He’s leaner, quicker, healthier and has a nasty attitude about the Hawkeyes.  We all know the Iowa-Minnesota hate is real, but Leidner clearly felt Iowa disrespected him during the recruiting process and has stated such.  He understands the importance to their fan base of winning and to show up the program that “Strung him along” is all the motivation he’ll need to come out guns blazing.  Minnesota’s struggles are near mirror images of the Hawks, the O-line is questionable; leaving Leidner to have to create his own plays.  The D-Line isn’t giving much help either, struggling to generate a pass rush.

Dissecting Iowa’s issues is both confusing and frustrating.  Looking at the offense, team chemistry is a glaring problem.  Pass protection has been poor and CJ Beathard hasn’t adjusted his pocket awareness enough to compensate.  Iowa has to keep Beathard moving with more play-action and designed runs to keep the linebackers in check from dialing up the blitz.  The run game is going to work best, when the Defense has to concern themselves with a deep ball threat.  Wide-out Jerminic Smith is the one guy who has the speed to do it, and did show he’s capable on the one opportunity he was given.  It may be time for the Hawks to cut the playbook loose and get the offense out of their comfort zone and give the defense an unexpected attack.  If the first 20 plays are scripted and you go 3 and out on your first series; throw it out.

Here’s the truth, there are 7 games remaining and Iowa has every chance to right this ship and propel themselves back into the national spotlight.  It begins Saturday, bringing Floyd back to Iowa City and this team needs Hawkeye Nation behind them more than ever!

Keys to victory on the road- get Beathard moving and breathe new life into the offense.  Defensively, take more risk and blitz the corners forcing QB’s into mistakes.  And finally, fire the officiating crew because they need serious help!

Let’s get the Hawk spirit fired up!  Barney’s Beanery will be ready to go and the food and drinks will be flowing!  Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Pasadena…let’s get it on!

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Big Ten Club of Southern California Oktoberfest

Join in at the Big Ten Club of Southern California Oktoberfest.

–Big Ten Club Oktoberfest Night. Friday, October 7, 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Alpine Village, Torrance, CA

Oom Pah Pah band, delicious German food, and chicken dancing. Your ticket purchase raises money for your Los Angeles IOWA Club.

Click here for the Big Ten Club website, to get all details, and to purchase tickets.



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Football Game Watch: Iowa vs. Rutgers

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time

Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, and Pasadena


I told you the Bison would earn our respect, but I didn’t see the Hawks not pulling that one out.  Iowa turns the page as quickly as possible, in hopes that a road victory can steer this season back on the right track.  This is the first meeting between the Hawkeyes and the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers is one of the new kids on the block after joining the Big 10 conference in 2014.  Rutgers First year head Coach Chris Ash grew up a Hawkeye fan, growing up just south of Iowa City, in Ottumwa.  But he would love nothing more than taking down the Black and Gold in his Big 10 debut.  Not so much a secret weapon, because everyone knows it’s coming; Rutgers has quite the weapon in Janarion Grant.  This is one team that truly believes in getting the ball into the hands of their playmaker, and you’ll see Grant catching balls, returning balls, running the ball and yes; even passing the ball.  Film session will likely lead the Scarlet Knights with one agenda, and that’s running right at the Iowa line and taking their shots down field.  When you have a dynamic runner with great hands, you put all the pressure on the defense to stop what they already know is coming.

If you’re like me, a lot of fan excitement was seeing a new forward thinking strategy dubbed “New Kirk 2.0”.  Last week, didn’t feel new; more like a sequel with a few changes but mostly the same plot from the original story.  Players didn’t execute perfection, and they never will; but the play-calling could have been more aggressive as well.  The good news Hawks, dropping a non-conference game is something we do even on our good years!  So what’s next for Iowa?  It’s about establishing the right attitude and maintaining that attitude every week.  There wasn’t the same hunger that was seen when the Cyclones came into Kinnick.  Tackling was optional, as was staying upright before making contact with a defender.  This is when the captains must take back control of their team, and expect CJ Beathard to put this loss on his shoulders and vow to step his game up.  Not because it’s Beathard’s fault, but because it’s his team and he will want to be the example for everyone in that locker room.

Iowa has to get back to winning the basics and that means controlling the line of scrimmage and executing proper tackling form.  Win the line of scrimmage and your running backs have lanes, and Beathard isn’t getting smashed into the ground.  Poor tackling turned too many 3 yard gains into first downs, and getting off the field early is the best way to help a defense win the 4th quarter battle.  There’s plenty to clean up, but the Hawkeyes have the talent to do it.  There’s no better way to test a team’s heart then sending them in enemy territory.

Iowa prides itself on being a run oriented team, but they can’t be so prideful that they run regardless of the scenario or the result.  The ultimate goal is to win every game, it doesn’t matter how.  A great week of practice is helpful, but adjustments in-game will dictate who wins and who loses.  The Hawks must find what’s working and commit to the ultimate game plan of doing what it takes to win, even if it’s not what the original plan called for.  Do that and Iowa will be 1-0 in Big 10 play, with the chance of another great season right in front of them.

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Big Ten Club Fall 2016 Activities

Go to https://bigtenclub.wildapricot.org/ for details about Big Ten Club of Southern California fall 2016 activities.

  1. Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Networking Happy Hour and Mixer – food, drinks, prizes, and networking
  2. Friday, October 7, 2016 – Oktoberfest Big Ten Club Night – Oom Pah Pah band, German food, and chicken dancing
  3. Alumni Club Rose Bowl Legacy Bricks Challenge – Be a part of the Rose Bowl stadium forever
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