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I was reading Bleacher Report and one of the articles was the top people in college football history who deserve to have a statue in their honor. Hayden Fry was one of the top 10 on their list. Kinnick Stadium does have the beautiful statue of Nile Kinnick.
Knowing what Hayden Fry did for Iowa football as well as helping break the racial barrier in college football while coaching before Iowa, should the University honor Hayden Fry with a statue?
I say YES! Hayden did more for college football and the B1G than just rebuild Iowa's program.
Here's a link to the article:
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by u2Hawk 14 months ago
Yeah I thing Fry should have one, but did you see Brian Kelly on that list? Seriously? IMO he should have been fired after that student's death. I remember reading an article that week about all the other coaches that either decided to hold practice indoors or not send cameramen up to dangerous spots.
His negligence was the reason for the death.
No one should have a statue erected in his honor unless he's a) retired, and/or b) dead. JoePa's the perfect example of not following the rules. It amazes me that Alabama's already got one of Saban. God help them if it turns out he knocked up a co-ed or his secretary. Alabama football coaches do have a history of off-field indiscretions (Mike Price, Mike DuBose).
This post was edited by NileKinnick 14 months ago
I say the more the better. Things are cheap enough and fans enjoy them. Give people who dont want to slam beers something to do prior to kickoff. Makes for good convo to inform younger hawk fans about the past.
Rather than all of these statues, I would like to see Iowa build a semicircular call in the south plaza, with bas relief plaques of Hawkeye greats with brief bios below in bronze. Examples would be Howard Jones, Eddie Anderson, Cal Jones, Evy, Alex Karras, Randy Duncan, Chuck Long, Hayden, etc. That way Kinnick's statue could serve as the centerpiece.
How does one draw the fine line of distinction between Evy and Hayden? Evy got us there and won some Rose Bowls. Hayden got us there and kept us there. IMO, Hayden is the one who deserves a statue the most. He resurrected a program that was dead in the water and was going down for the third time. Not only did he resurrect the program, he resuscitated the fans who had suffered through 20 years of losing football. It was still fun to watch them and cheer for the Hawks during those years, but usually the results (a loss) were a forgone conclusion.
Hayden put a program together that seemed to perform miracles in front of the home crowds, and then the away crowds, as the once-hapless Hawkeyes "rose" to the top of the heap once again. He even gave Iowa a much-needed fix to an identity crisis with Steeler look-alike uniforms and a logo that is one of the best and most recognized among college sports.
Not to even mention about Fry's integration of college football........that's another story in itself, just as is Calvin Jones, whom I also think should be honored with a statue.
If there were only three statues EVER to be erected for Iowa football heroes, they would be KINNICK, FRY, and JONES....no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They were each unique in ways that no other football team member will ever be again. (unless we go through another 20 year stretch of losing records!)
I'm pretty much against all statues. It's not that the folks they are statue-ing don't "deserve" it one way or another, it's just that EVERY campus/sports organization has one now. Lets try something different to honor the people, like the bronzing of Kinnick's "run" against Notre Dame in Kinnick. That's cool and different and unique and I think is MUCH better then a statue.
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