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Topic: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread

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FearlessF

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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #84 on: August 07, 2020, 02:52:47 PM »
if he's looking to play immediately, maybe he needs to drop a division.
perhaps he heard the Huskers are looking for WR talent
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #85 on: August 07, 2020, 02:56:26 PM »
Too many alarm bells going off with this one.
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #86 on: August 07, 2020, 03:02:41 PM »
but, but, can he run really fast?
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #87 on: August 07, 2020, 03:06:11 PM »
Unless he has a degree. I doubt he will get another waiver.
I'm sure he'll claim he was uncomfortable in the current environment given the recent drama. He lawyered up to get the last waiver, no reason think he won't do so this time.

I'm not sure if there is an official stat available but I believe the waiver success rate when getting legal representation involved is somewhere around 100%, or at least it was this time last year.

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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #88 on: August 07, 2020, 04:26:40 PM »
He's not black, is he?
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #89 on: August 07, 2020, 04:39:26 PM »
No.
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #90 on: August 14, 2020, 12:31:34 AM »
Oliver Martin is a very good WR. Unfortunately for him he should have committed to Iowa out of high school. Other WRs committed to Iowa who strangely enough, are really good WRs. This is ordinarily not WR-U. I think he has to drop down a division or he doesn't play because he redshirted at Michigan, if memory serves me correctly. He should be looking to the top FCS schools, or alternatively he should put in a more concerted effort at Iowa, try and get playing time this spring, get a degree, and hope for the best in the NFL draft.

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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #91 on: August 14, 2020, 12:34:04 AM »
Coy Cronk who was rumored to possibly have to play guard this year (or next) at Iowa, is lined up at LT at Iowa, his position at Indiana, in a photo at practice this fall. https://www.hawkcentral.com/story/sports/college/columnists/chad-leistikow/2020/08/12/leistikow-what-take-spring-football-season-big-ten-conference-kirk-ferentz-ohio-state-ryan-day/3350332001/

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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #92 on: August 21, 2020, 10:51:05 AM »
The Nebraska football team has added another former Iowa Hawkeye scholarship player as a walk-on transfer.

Former four-star wide receiver Oliver Martin has transferred to NU, after playing at Michigan in 2017-18 and Iowa in 2019.

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound Martin joins offensive lineman Ezra Miller, who also left Iowa this off-season after being placed on a medical scholarship.

Martin is currently listed as a student in the NU directory as well for the fall academic term. He has two years of eligibility remaining, and it's unknown what that will look like with the new COVID-19 NCAA rules.
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #93 on: August 23, 2020, 08:56:14 AM »
IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa announced Friday its plan to discontinue four sports programs at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

Those programs include men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis. The four programs will still have the opportunity to compete in their upcoming 2020-21 seasons, should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 permit, before they are discontinued. All existing scholarships will be honored through graduation for those student-athletes who choose to remain at Iowa. The contracts of affected coaches will also be honored.

A release from the university says factors considered in the decision to cut the 4 programs, in part, include sponsorship at the NCAA Division I level, impact on gender equity and Title IX compliance, expense savings, history of the sport at Iowa, and engagement level.
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #94 on: October 19, 2020, 08:06:05 PM »
Eight Black former University of Iowa football players are seeking $20 million in compensation and for athletics director Gary Barta, head coach Kirk Ferentz and assistant coach Brian Ferentz to be fired over what they contend was intentional racial discrimination during their Hawkeye careers.

The group, which includes two of the football program’s most prolific producers in Akrum Wadley and Kevonte Martin-Manley, made the demands in a certified, 21-page letter sent to the UI. A copy of the letter, dated Oct. 5, has been obtained by the Des Moines Register.

The group is represented by Tulsa civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons and has additional demands, including attorney’s fees; the creation of a permanent Black male senior administrator position in Iowa athletics; mandatory anti-racist training for athletics staff; the establishment of a board of advisers including Black players and anti-racist professionals to oversee the football program; and tuition waivers for any Black athlete who did not graduate with a degree during Kirk Ferentz’s 22-year tenure.


According to the letter, if the demands are not met to the former athletes’ satisfaction by Monday, Oct. 19, the athletes were prepared to pursue a lawsuit “to ensure they are rightfully compensated for their emotional, mental and bodily damages and that Iowa is appropriately held accountable for its unlawful, discriminatory conduct.”

On Sunday, UI general counsel Carroll Reasoner formally replied to Solomon-Simmons to say the football program had previously taken steps to implement some of the demands but unequivocally added, “We respectfully decline your monetary and personnel demands.”

In other words: No $20 million settlement and no further firings. 

To date, 21-year strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle is the only person to lose his job over racial-bias allegations that shook the program in early June. 

UI president Bruce Harreld, who on Oct. 1 (four days before this letter was submitted) announced his plans for retirement, shared this statement Sunday: "We appreciate some former athletes sharing insights on their experience while at the University of Iowa. Many of their concerns have been reviewed and addressed. And to be clear, any student-athlete that has left the university and did not obtain their degree is welcome to return, and we are here to support them.

"There are several demands outlined in the letter, and we are proud of the efforts made to date. We have a path forward that includes ideas and recommendations from many current and former students aimed at making the University of Iowa a more inclusive and better place to learn, grow and compete as an athlete. However, the university rejects the demands for money and personnel changes."


The 21-page letter lays the groundwork for litigation and was led by Solomon-Simmons, whose website touts his national TV presence and role in high-profile cases, including efforts to obtain reparations for the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Des Moines attorneys Alfredo Parrish and Brandon Brown are listed as local counsel.

Accounts of negative Iowa football experiences under the direction of Ferentz, college football's longest-tenured active coach, are outlined on behalf of these eight former players:


Maurice Fleming, a defensive back at Iowa from 2012 through 2015 who transferred to West Virginia. Fleming states that Doyle would use the n-word in his presence. Doyle said on June 7 that he has never made racist comments, and current Iowa strength coach Raimond Braithwaite (who is Black and has known Doyle since 2002) recently said he had “never witnessed or heard (Doyle) make a racial comment.” On June 15, it was announced that Doyle would be paid $1.1 million by the UI as part of a separation agreement.

Andre Harris, a wide receiver who never saw game action in his three years at Iowa (2013-15) and transferred to Eastern Illinois. He says coaches gave him harsher punishments than white teammates for similar rules violations.

Marcel Joly, a running back who had two career carries in four years at Iowa (2014-17). He says coaches once questioned whether a BMW he drove to the football facility was legitimately purchased.

Martin-Manley, a five-year wide receiver (2010-14) whose 174 career receptions remain a school record. Martin-Manley says complaints he brought to Kirk Ferentz’s attention about racist practices in the program were ignored.
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #95 on: October 20, 2020, 12:33:00 AM »
This is not my area of expertise, but civil procedure is an area in which I have expertise. When someone comes to me with a claim for violation of civil rights I suggest they seek other counsel, and advise them that in Iowa a civil rights claims must first be filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission within 300-days of the alleged discriminatory act or unfair practice. I believe the deadline is the same for filing with the EEOC.
Unless they have a claimant who has a claim of a discriminatory act or unfair practice committed upon him within the past 300-days there are hurdles to overcome. It appears none of the claimants represented presented a timely civil rights claim. It is a good law firm. Maybe they can find an exception, or a claim outside the Civil Rights Act which is difficult to find; their hurdles are high. With the publicity generated by the demand letter perhaps they are fishing and hoping a client on the 2020 Hawkeye team contacts them. 
The persons disclosed as clients in this article appear to have not timely filed a claim.


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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #96 on: October 20, 2020, 08:46:13 AM »
they may just be looking to cause trouble and perhaps a monetary gain to be quite?
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Re: 2020 Iowa Offseason Thread
« Reply #97 on: October 20, 2020, 12:36:29 PM »
I wouldn't characterize their intent as "trouble." They may have actual grievances.
It's is hard to run a law business handling plaintiff's cases if there is no monetary gain for the lawyer and client, so yes on "monetary gain."
I believe the most recent players listed were on the team at the latest, in 2017. The two-year statute of limitations for personal injury and relative rights passed for all of these claimants, if they had some claim other than for violation of civil rights which civil rights claims had to be asserted within 300-days.
I do not see how this goes anywhere, but then I have only read the newspaper article, not the demand letter.

 

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