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I received an email from a friend this morning who's daughter is a senior at Iowa. She sent her father a text he wanted to share.
"I saw Kirk in Starbucks about 6:30 this morning. He was wearing work boots, jeans, and a Carhartt coat. he is an Iowan through and through. There was an old guy next to me who said "hi" to him. Kirk came over to us to say "hi" and talk to us. He asked the old guy how his new knee was. The old guy said he was doing great and he was really glad he had it done (knee replacement). The old guy told Kirk he thought his knee would be good enough to run some routes for Kirk this spring. Kirk laughed and asked him what kind of eligibility he had because it might come down to that. He told the old guy to be careful with his new knee in the weather. He then got in his Denali and drove off."
About 10 years ago I had a friend of mine who was in at a carpet store in Coralville with his family. They ran into Steve Alford and his wife. My friend's kid completely lit up. He got excited and ran over to Steve and asked him for an autograph. Alford's wife scolded my friend's kid, then Steve told my friend to get an autograph through either the university or some organization (don't recall). They actually made her cry. Alford was a complete douche and his wife was a complete "B" (you know what).
I've heard other stories of how nice Kirk is when he runs into fans. Very classy guy.
This post was edited by u2Hawk 13 months ago
A few years ago I had the good fortune to encounter Chris Doyle at the Ice Cream parlor in Coralville. It was the Hawkeye one, not the Dairy Queen. I thought I recognized him and spoke first. But he was very open and we chatted for a good 10-15 minutes about a lot of things, including Iowa Football. He seems like a very genuine, good person who just happens to coach Iowa Football players.
In the heat of a long and difficult season we loose sight of the fact that we are blessed with an array of extraordinarily talented and good people as coaches at Iowa. They are the best ambassadors we could ask for in the world of big time college football. We are very fortunate and should take a moment to step back and say "thanks."
I'm sold. I know the winning percentage hasn't been as high as everyone wants (myself included), but if this doesn't make you feel proud to be an Iowan and a Hawkeye, then I don't know what will.
Class act. I'm glad he's our coach.
I had a class (Theory and Ethics of Coaching) my first semester here and the lady who taught the course would go on a rant about how terrible of a person Alford was whenever his name got mentioned. It was absolutely hilarious, she would also rant about Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer as well, but I think she had a hatred above the rest for Alford, probably because she had actually met him on multiple occasions.
Sine Missione -- Never be a spectator for unfairness or stupidity, argue for arguments sake; the grave will give plenty of time for silence.
Thanks for sharing
Pretty sure I read that KF donates his entire bonus from bowl game appearances to the Iowa City children's hospital, but doesn't publicize it. I know he and a lot of the players do a lot for the hospital. I've also heard that a lot of the allotted time he has for use of a private plane, via his contract, is used to fly in out of town relatives of kids that are in the children's hospital.
There are so many good stories about Kirk and his character and I don't think I've ever heard a bad one.
I don't think anyone has every questioned KF's loyalty to Iowa, his generosity to Iowans or his nice guy personality.
BUT that shouldn't blind you to his negatives. He's like 6-8 versus ISU plus he's been here for 14 years and is 59-52 in B1G play. His inability to adapt to times, yada yada yada.
All the heart warming stories in the world mean nothing unless there is victories behind it. I'm not hating on KF, I'm just saying I don't judge him by how many books he reads to burn victims.
Let's also not lose site that unlike Hayden's era, Kirk has had PSU in the league for his entire tenure (which he's owned) and Nebraska. So, 4 of the most storied programs in NCAA history. He also has had a strong Wisconsin for the entire 14 year period. Not making excuses, but sometimes I think people forget the changing face of the Big Ten conference vs. the Fry era.
Now, I do want more wins, more consistency and more "sexy", but when you consider the teams that have been to BCS games in the last 35 years in the league, it's the Big 4, Wisconsin and Iowa then everyone else...during this period...
The Iowa performance during the KF era has been more of a heart beat chart but the highs have been high, the lows, no so much:)
This post was edited by SWOhioHawk 13 months ago
Trust me, I was with you right here on this site ranting about him after every loss this past season; especially to teams we have no business losing to.
I rarely rant & i never complain about his salary.
I don't hate him or praise him. KF is what he is and his record speaks for himself. He has had a ton of individual award winners under him, sent a lot of under dogs to the pros, rebuild a program in the gutters, won COY awards, and brought us to two BCS games but on the flipside we are rebuilding for the 3rd time under him, we struggle against NW & ISU, we've had one bragable recruiting class, and we are always behind the curve with innovative things like procombats, twitter, etc.
This post was edited by fuisu 13 months ago
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