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On Iowa Podcast

The Gazette
29 episodes
Iowa Hawkeyes college football, basketball, wrestling and more from the Cedar Rapids Gazette

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Iowa field hockey prepares for the Final Four

As the Iowa field hockey team prepares for Friday's Final Four game against North Carolina, The Gazette's Leah Vann welcomes Hawkeyes Nikki Freeman and Anthe Nijziel on the latest On Iowa Podcast. They discuss their season, postseason, run backgrounds in the sport and how tips for first-time field …

Iowa spring football and NFL Draft takeaways

With spring football in the books, The Gazette's Leah Vann is joined by 247Sports' David Eickholt on a new episode of the On Iowa Podcast. From the defensive line to Spence Petras to new players to watch at receiver, they break down the takeaways from Iowa's two open practices. Then, a recap of Haw…

NFL Draft preview + What to watch during Saturday's practice at Kinnick

The Iowa Hawkeyes don't have first-round prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, but there are plenty of day-two and day-three hopefuls to keep an eye on. The Gazette's Jeff Johnson joins Leah Vann on the On Iowa Podcast to break down where things stand for Iowa's future pros. Also on this episode: Je…

How Iowa soccer turned its season around and reached the NCAA tournament

From 0-6-1 to Big Ten tournament champions, it's been a remarkable turnaround season for the Iowa women's soccer team. Ahead of the Hawkeyes' NCAA tournament first-round match next week against Campbell, goalkeeper Macy Enneking and forward Jenny Cape join The Gazette's Leah Vann on the On Iowa Pod…

Spring football: What to watch during Saturday's open practice

Fans are finally set to return to Kinnick Stadium this Saturday as Iowa hosts one of two open spring football practices this year. On this episode of the On Iowa Podcast, The Gazette's Leah Vann is joined by WQAD's Celia Palermo to discuss what they'll be watching Saturday. Is there really a …

What's next for Iowa men's basketball?

The 2020-21 Iowa men's basketball season had high expectations from the start. The Hawkeyes didn't meet them, with another NCAA tournament second-round exit. How will we remember this team? And what is the state of the program going into 2021-22? The Gazette's Mike Hlas and Nathan Ford discuss on a…

The new, innovative pro volleyball league that brought Kristen Tupac out of retirement

Kristen Tupac wanted to be a professional athlete. At first, she thought it would be softball, but when softball was eliminated from the Olympics in 2008, she didn’t see a future there. So, she pursued volleyball, aspiring to play at its highest level. Now, the Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Iowa State g…

Pinning Combination: NCAA wrestling takeaways

Iowa is back on top in college wrestling, Spencer Lee wowed us with his latest national title and Iowa State's David Carr is atop the NCAA podium. Those are just the main state of Iowa storylines coming out of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Gazette’s K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament’…

Megan Gustafson interview: Thoughts on this year's Iowa women's basketball team and her pro career

Ahead of Iowa's first-round game Sunday in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, former Hawkeye All-American Megan Gustafson joins the On Iowa Podcast all the way from Poland. With The Gazette's Leah Vann and Jeff Linder, she discusses the potential of this Iowa team, the improvement she's seen i…

As Iowa tried to cut their team, these Hawkeye women’s swimmers balanced NCAA qualification with exploring transferring

Four Iowa Hawkeyes will head to the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this week in Greensboro, N.C. It's a tremendous accomplishment, given the year that they had. On Aug. 21, Iowa announced women's and men's swimming, men's tennis and men's gymnastics would be cut as a result of the f…

A look at Iowa’s draw in the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament: How far will the Hawkeyes go?

Grand Canyon is the first-round opponent for Iowa in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Oregon could be the second-round opponent. In other words, teams we’d love to hear Bill Walton talk (and quack) about. Unfortunately, Walton works for ESPN and won’t be on the call of either of these games, b…

Broderick Binns, Quinn Early and their work to promote Black history of Iowa athletics

The Gazette’s Leah Vann closes out a three-part podcast series on Black history in University of Iowa athletics with more of a look into the future. What can we do to encourage more education on Black history? How do we move forward in discussing race? The guests on this episode, Hawkeye football…

Pinning Combination: Big Ten wrestling takeaways

It was an impressive showing at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships for Iowa, with four champions, nine in the top four and its 37th team title. The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament's G. Wyatt Schultz and former coach Dick Briggs discuss their takeaways from the weekend at Penn State on this…

Big Ten men's basketball tournament preview + A discussion about retired numbers

The last time Iowa was a top-four seed in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament was 2006. That was also the last time the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten men's basketball tournament. Ahead of their conference tournament quarterfinal game Friday night, The Gazette's Mike Hlas and Nathan Ford discuss the …

A conversation with the University of Iowa’s first Black woman letterwinner

In the second of a three-part On Iowa Podcast series exploring Black history in University of Iowa athletics, The Gazette’s Leah Vann introduces listeners to the university’s first Black woman letterwinner: Marcella Benson-Quaziena . Benson-Quaziena played basketball, field hockey and fencing at…

Remembering the 3 Black pioneers of Iowa football

This is the first in a series exploring Iowa athletics history with The Gazette’s Leah Vann . Today, we remember pioneering Black football players at the University of Iowa. Leah is joined by Iowa athletics historian Neal Rozendaal to talk about the legacies of Frank “Kinney” Holbrook, Archie Alex…

Pinning Combination: Big Ten wrestling preview

Which No. 1 seeds are on upset alert? What should we expect from Iowa after a COVID-19 pause? Which Hawkeyes are capable of finishing higher than their seeds? The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament's G. Wyatt Schultz and former coach Dick Briggs preview the Big Ten wrestling tournament on this…

Bohannon brothers reflect on Jordan's Iowa career, family's basketball legacy

The end of this college basketball season will mark the end of an era for one of Iowa’s all-time great basketball families. Sunday is Senior Day for the Iowa men’s basketball team, the final game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (presumably) for Jordan Bohannon, Iowa’s all-time leader in 3-pointers and assi…

Previewing the most-interesting week of the Iowa men's basketball regular season|

At No. 3 Michigan. At No. 4 Ohio State. In the most-interesting week of the Iowa men’s basketball regular season, what would be success for the Hawkeyes? The Gazette’s Mike Hlas and Nathan Ford discuss on the latest On Iowa Podcast. Also this week: • How did Michigan go from picked seventh in the B…

Joe Wieskamp's award-winning week helps Iowa get back to winning

The Iowa men’s basketball team needed a sweep last week against Rutgers and Michigan State for practical and psychological reasons and got one. The Gazette’s Nathan Ford and Mike Hlas break down the “season-saving” week that was on this edition of the On Iowa Podcast. Also this week: •  Joe Wieskam…

Pinning Combination: Iowa wrestling presses pause

Less than a month after the start of a delayed season, the Iowa wrestling team is sidelined again. The top-ranked Hawkeyes wrestled Purdue and Ohio State on Sunday, then were shut down due to COVID-19 precautions the next day . The Gazette’s K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament’s G. Wyatt Schultz and for…

Is Iowa men's basketball in danger of having just another season?

Iowa entered the 2020-21 men's basketball season with Big Ten and national championship aspirations. After four losses in its last five games, the question is if Iowa's in actual, real trouble. Not of making the NCAAs, but of having just another year instead of something better as was assumed for s…

Pinning Combination: Iowa wrestling rolls again but is missing a key piece

No. 1 Iowa rolled past another top-10 team in a Big Ten wrestling dual, but is missing a key piece with Alex Marinelli out. The Gazette’s K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament’s G. Wyatt Schultz and former coach Dick Briggs discuss the latest dominant showing from the Hawkeyes and preview Sunday’s duals ag…

Big week for Iowa men's basketball starts with a close win and a quick turnaround

It's a big week for Iowa men's basketball. Three games while coming off back-to-back losses. The Hawkeyes started the week Tuesday night with an 84-78 win over Michigan State , but it wasn't exactly the most satisfying victory. The bench played a big role complementing Luka Garza as Iowa rallied f…

Pinning Combination: Just how dominant is this Iowa wrestling team?

After cruising to another win against a ranked Big Ten team in Minnesota, just how dominant are the top-ranked Hawkeyes? We won’t get to see a 1-vs.-2 dual Sunday with Michigan shut down due to COVID-19, but Iowa will still host Illinois on Sunday. The Gazette’s K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament’s G. W…

What we learned from Iowa’s loss to Indiana with marquee game at Illinois looming

By the time No. 7 Iowa and No. 19 Illinois tip off Friday night in Champaign, Ill., it will have been eight days since the last time the Hawkeyes played. They’ve had plenty of time to stew over a loss to Indiana that snapped a five-game winning streak. But was there anything to take away from that …

Pinning Combination: Takeaways from Iowa wrestling season opener

No. 1 Iowa opened its 2021 wrestling season by dominating No. 6 Nebraska at home last Friday . In this excerpt of the Pinning Combination podcast, The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament's Wyatt Schultz and former wrestling coach Dick Briggs discuss their takeaways from the Hawkeyes' 31-6 vict…

Where does Iowa fit among Big Ten men's basketball title contenders?

Iowa has responded from an overtime loss at Minnesota on Christmas Night with a five-game winning streak. Now 6-1 in the Big Ten and tied with Michigan for the conference lead, where do the Hawkeyes rank among Big Ten title contenders like the Wolverines, Illinois and Wisconsin? The Gazette's Mike …

Signing off

The reminder for the podcast keeps popping up like every five minutes, so let’s work around this one last thing. I’m leaving The Gazette. It’s been 24 years, nearly 22 covering Iowa football. That’s a long damn time in the same circle against the same opponent. There can’t be too many other beat w…