He got 300 yards, but I don't feel like he hurt us. It looks bad on paper and stuff, but I just think the defense played well today...He's a great back, and if everyone's not ready to play, he's going to pop a few. Parker Wildeman from Iowa vs. Northern Illinois (11/6/1993) Discussing LeShon Johnson's rushing performance for NIU
We were on them all afternoon. We just kept sticking them, although I think all of us were a little nervous coming back to the Hawkeye nest. Bob Elliott from Iowa vs. UCLA (9/21/1974)
We just need to look in the mirror and kind of not focus on the hype surrounding our team. There’s a lot of buzz around our team and people telling us how good we are. At the end of the day, we have to go out here and prove it. Joe Wieskamp from Iowa vs. Indiana (1/21/2021) After team played poorly in the second half of upset loss
We’re a team that prides ourselves on playing really hard and playing together, and we did neither of those things to the level that we can tonight...I promise, for the rest of the year, every Hawkeye team that steps on the court will be locked in and ready to go. Luka Garza from Iowa vs. Indiana (1/21/2021) After team played poorly in the second half of upset loss
I think he was just being a wuss, basically. He wasn't
running hard like he should have been. And I told him,
too. And he was like, 'Yeah, you're right.' So I think that we got to him a little bit and he proved today that he's a
tremendous back Ross Verba from Iowa vs. Illinois (11/2/1996) When asked after the game about Sedrick Shaw's improved performance compared to earlier in the season.
Coach Elliott said something about the 'Mosquito Biters' or something like that, but that sounds kind of crazy. What we want to do, we just want to play traditional Hawkeye defense. Hopefully when you think about the Hawkeye defense, you think about a tight-knit group who plays together, who will make you scrounge and dig deep for every yard you get. Bill Ennis-Inge from Iowa vs. Arizona (9/7/1996) In response to Defensive Coordinator Bob Elliott's nickname given to the Iowa defense of "Mosquito Swarm," in reference to Arizona's famous "Desert Swarm" nickname.
I wasn't really having a good time playing football. It wasn't fun for me. It wasn't a blast for me. Making that much money - that was fun. But money is still a material thing. You can always make money. You can't make that time that you lose with your friends and your loved ones. Time is something that you can never get back. Christian Ballard
Interview in USA Today about leaving NFL training camp
My blessing was coming up under Coach Fry and all those great assistants: Kirk Ferentz, Dan McCarney, Barry Alvarez, Bill Brashier, Bill Snyder. I came up under the best coaches in the country with those assistant coaches and coach Fry together. Going with coach Snyder and developing Kansas State from the ground up was a huge learning experience. It topped off being around Steve Spurrier (at Florida), who is an incredible coach. I have been around great people. Bob Stoops
Discussing the success behind his coaching career with HawkeyeSports.com
There weren’t many people after me. Coach Commings giving me a shot and giving me an opportunity to come to Iowa was the biggest break I ever had in my life. Bob Stoops
Discussing his time at Iowa with HawkeyeSports.com
I was on a defense with a bunch of wild, tough guys. It was a crew and there was a fight every other play in practice. I’m still great friends with all those guys. Bob Stoops
Discussing his time at Iowa with HawkeyeSports.com
You never want to boast, but that’s the one thing that I love talking about. I was part of building that program. I was in the middle of it and I had some great teammates, leaving everything we could possibly leave on that field to make that a better place. Andre Tippett In an interview on Hawk Central discussing his impact on turning around the football program in 1981.
Steam was coming out of my head. I tried to do everything I could to sabotage that idea. After they saw me pouting, they kicked me back on the defensive side. Andre Tippett In an interview on Hawk Central about being moved to fullback when first arriving on campus
I think people say that [we are just a finesse team] just because we can shoot the ball very well. They think if you’re shooters, you’re not tough. We have a tough group. Every single one of our guys are battle-tested. We get to the glass. We fight teams. Luka Garza from Iowa vs. Rutgers (1/2/2021)
I've been through hell for the last year and a half, two years. It was a lot for me, mentally and physically. It took a lot of internal motivation for myself to get back to the player I know I can be. Jordan Bohannon from Iowa vs. Minnesota (1/10/2021) About his recent good play after multiple surgeries from the previous years
My favorite thing that I’ve ever done was go to the University of Iowa. I never dreamed as a young kid that I would have an opportunity to be the first in my family to get a college degree, and be the first in my family to play sports at the collegiate level, let alone the professional level. I remember my grandmother always just wanted us to go to school and go to college. So for her to visit me and the University of Iowa and be able to walk to a class with me was probably the thrill of my life. My grandmother didn’t have a chance to finish high school, and for her to walk to class with me at the University of Iowa is the highlight for me of my life. We talk about going pro, and playing, and winning games, but she always just had this idea that she just wanted us to get our education. So, for me to do that, and I remember walking to class with her, it was just like a great moment. It was a great moment for the Armstrong family to be able to have that, and that happened right there in Iowa City. So, going to the University of Iowa just gave me something that was far beyond anything that I had imagined. I just remember that was a really special moment for me and for our family. B.J. Armstrong
Interview in the Daily Iowan
I think those years, we had a special group here. We had great leadership. People, they just took to that team. There was just something about it — the fans, the people, the team — it all came together. From the first moment I stepped foot on campus, it’s been incredible. I’ve always considered this home. They’ve always welcomed me with open arms. B.J. Armstrong
Interview with SI.com about his return trip to become Iowa’s Homecoming grand marshal
I came from Detroit. I wasn’t used to that, people smiling all of the time, people smiling and helping you. I just heard a story, a young lady was saying she lost her jacket last week, and she had money in it. We were joking — if that happens in Los Angeles, you wouldn’t see the jacket again, let alone the money in the pocket. Stories like that, it makes this place special. I’ve always said it’s about the people — people make this place special. I’m really proud to say this is home, because it always feels like home. B.J. Armstrong
Interview with SI.com about his return trip to become Iowa’s Homecoming grand marshal
He’s a phenomenal player. I think that’s really special to see, a young guy like that being able to come in and not really worry about the pace of the game and just play his game that he’s been working so hard on his entire life. It’s that Cedar Rapids water, there’s something about that. Jordan Bohannon from Iowa vs. Rutgers (1/2/2021) Discussing the great play from freshman Keegan Murray, who also grew up near Cedar Rapids.
If you're gonna talk, back it up. During the game there was a lot of jawing and after the game...it got me so ticked off. I just can't believe, for five years I've been listening and it just
cracks me up, the stuff that is said. It's just a total lack of respect. Mike Devlin from Iowa vs. Iowa State (9/12/1992) Said after a 21-7 win over Iowa State, the 10th in a row
I think they lose the game. before they even play them. They talk so much nonsense that when they get on
the field, everybody has that extra heartbeat. They have to realize that they've got to quiet down a little bit. Danan Hughes from Iowa vs. Iowa State (9/12/1992) Said after a 21-7 win over Iowa State, the 10th in a row
I just try to catch the ball and kick it as far as I can. Tory Taylor Statement made after earning first team all-conference in first year playing football.
They like talking a little bit. I think they're too worried about growing mustaches than playing football. That's the difference between Iowa and Nebraska. Keith Duncan from Iowa vs. Nebraska (11/27/2020) Husker players mentioned they were growing mustaches prior to the Iowa game.
The inequities in human relationships are many, but the lot of the Negro is one of the worst...kicked from pillar to post, condemned, cussed, ridiculed, accorded no respect, permitted no sense of human dignity. What can be done I don't know...When this war is over the problem is apt to be more difficult than ever. May wisdom, justice, brotherly love guide our steps to the right solution. Nile Kinnick Diary notes written during flight training in the South. Mentioned in the book, "Greatest Moments in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History"
Heck, I only live five minutes away from the Rose Bowl. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be quarterbacking a team there this year. Gordy Bohannon
Sports Illustrated article
Once you get to the league and you're going against 30-year-old grown men playing offensive line, it's a whole different thing than going against a 19-year-old tackle. Adrian Clayborn from Iowa vs. Arizona (9/18/2010)
As far as any activities I have been connected with are concerned, football has given me the opportunity to round out my philosophy and to change my thinking process more than any other activity with which I have been connected Nile Kinnick Mentioned in the book, "75 years with The Fighting Hawkeyes"
He had swagger. He projected confidence. That's what we needed at the time at Iowa. We're like, 'You know what, we can beat anyone.' Hayden gave us that swagger and that attitude, and I've always remembered it. Bob Stoops Discussing Hayden Fry
I wasn't even thinking about playing major college football. I was just thinking about going to a Division III school. But then Coach Fry started talking to me. He said he believed I could do it. I really didn't want to let him down. Devon Mitchell
Like a lot of high school players in the state, I grew up a Hawkeye fan. I always dreamed about someday wearing an Iowa uniform. I also wanted to play major college football so, even though Iowa didn't offer me a full-ride, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to play for the Hawkeyes. Jim Reilly
Nobody paid attention to me, so that was what motivated me when Iowa asked me to walk-on. Being named captain totally surprised me. I didn't expect it at all. Bret Bielema
Sure, they gave me the game ball. If they hadn't, someone would have been demoted. There is nothing I can say at this time that would be meaningful. All I know is we took the game to them. We played to win and win we did. Bob Commings from Iowa vs. UCLA on 9/21/1974 As quoted in the CR Gazette
"You are unique. Not only have you been ridiculed for not winning a game last season, you must face the toughest
schedule in the nation. You have been called the worst team in the country. Now you have a chance to show people all over America what desire and determination can
prove. It may be that you are the chosen people. Bob Commings from Iowa vs. UCLA on 9/21/1974 Pregame speech given to team, as quoted in Daily Iowan
I think that's all over America; even Tiger Woods. Show me someone who's really consistent. Do you want to talk about Nebraska? About the only thing I saw consistent today was the officials throwing their flags at us. That was pretty damn consistent. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Illinois on 11/2/1996 When asked about his team's inconsistency, which he didn't care about as much as the victories.
I had a great athletic director. When Bump Elliott hired me he said ‘Coach Fry, if you need me, call me.’ He didn’t tell me what to do. He believed in me, and I believed in him. Hayden Fry
Interview in CR Gazette
I’d always wanted to coach at someplace that was the University of. I would’ve gone to the University of Iowa-Jima. Hayden Fry
Interview in LA Times
I think I was real grateful that I was up on somebody's shoulders rather than getting a bucket of Gatorade all over me. That's what I was thinking about, 'Boy, I escaped the
That has to be one of the most happy moments of my life, to see that clock finally run out with the Hawks on top.
I was afraid it punctured his belly. He didn't attempt to catch it. He just let it hit his big, fat belly and bounce off. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Iowa State on 9/12/1992 Jim Hartlieb threw to ineligible offensive lineman Mike Devlin during the game.
I have to apologize to all you people. I promised myself I wouldn’t do that. But I’m a very emotional person, and it’s very meaningful to me. I’m sorry...Selfishly, it’s not the right time for me. I’d rather gone out with a real good season and all that good stuff that coaches talk about...It seems appropriate that it’s the week of Thanksgiving to give thanks, and I do. I spent 20 years as a member of the Hawkeye family. I can never repay them...I truly love the University of Iowa. I truly love the state of Iowa, and I’ll always be a Hawkeye...Adios.
Press conference when he retired as Iowa's coach.
That is the greatest thing I did in 47 years of coaching, from high school to the Marine Corps to college, is to give the first black player a scholarship in that part of the world because it opened up the door for all the other fine black players to at least have a choice of where they wanted to go to school. Because at that time they had to go to the Big Ten or the Pac-10 or whatever. Hayden Fry About being the first coach to integrate the Southwest Conference by handing a scholarship to Jerry LeVias.
It’s extremely important to try to take the crowd out of the game there, more so than any other place in the world. It’s the worst place to play football. Hayden Fry Discussing playing at Camp Randall Stadium against Wisconsin.
Once we start winning here, I want to develop an environment where the fans expect us to win. I want them to get mad if we don’t win. That’s the American way of life. Hayden Fry
The main thing is, be sure you put me high enough on the foundation that the dogs can’t urinate on my shoes Hayden Fry After the city of Coralville commissioned a statue of his likeness along the Hayden Fry Way.
Those people deserve a winner and we’re going to do everything we can to give them a winner. I think it is wonderful that an average of 50,000 people come out to watch Iowa play. But that is not fair to those fans and there is no reason to think they will continue to come if the team does not win. Hayden Fry After being named Iowa coach
I shake hands with this guy, and I’ve always got to check if I’ve still got my watch on. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Minnesota on 11/23/1991 After receiving congratulations from Iowa President Hunter Rawlings on his 100th Iowa win.
What the hell are we talking about? It's stupid. I have no idea. Plus, I do know this, I saw across the field (Nebraska) had a little clap routine for third downs or something, I don’t know. This is stuff in my 22nd year, I've never heard or been thinking about that. Never heard of it. It's football. Maybe they need to change their cadence, if it was interfering with the cadence.
Now if a player on the field was doing it to try to (disrupt the snap), I get that. But what are we talking about? The next thing you know, we're going to be treating this like golf...(simulates small hand clap) where nobody is allowed to say anything. Sorry, no.
What are they talking about? It's football. It's football. Are they OK with how I dressed today? Should I be changing my pants or (into) a different shirt? What are we talking about? I'm distracted right now.
So if you get a guy that has got that ability, it’s a really good thing at the end of the day, centers are the MVPs. Quarterbacks think they are big shots, but if they don’t get the ball, they are going nowhere. You can’t play a game without a center, so it’s just a really important position. Kirk Ferentz
Press conference notes
This is definitely the biggest win of my career. Being from Texas, you don't get the chance to beat the U of T very often. I have never had a victory more meaningful to me. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Texas on 12/26/1984
Man, that was one great football game. I thought I fouled up a jillion times by playing it too close to the vest. But we put a lot of faith in our defense. Nobody expected us to win this football game except those guys over there in the next room. Nobody's heard of Iowa football for 20 years. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Michigan on 10/17/1981
I'm happy as hell, but keep in mind this is just one game. We've got to make sure and keep our heads screwed on tight. We can't be high school Harrys and start rejoicing. We can't be too high, but we're damn sure not going to be low. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Nebraska on 9/12/1981
The objections I have against dancing are: first, it breaks in upon sleeping and eating; second, it is a different form of exercise than the boy is used to and is tiring; third, there is the danger of getting heated up and then cooling off too quickly; fourth, a mid-night lunch is usually partaken of, mostly because of the obligations to the girl; fifth, the boy usually does not feel like getting up for breakfast. Howard Jones Mentioned in the book, "Greatest Moments in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History"
Figured we'd take Floyd with us and leave the timeouts here. Kirk Ferentz from Iowa vs. Minnesota on 11/13/2020 Iowa called all of it's 3 timeouts at the end of the game after Minnesota called timeout to try and score down 35-0.
I didn't know who he was, they were all running by me so fast. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. UCLA on 1/1/1986 When asked about UCLA backup RB Eric Ball, who ran for 228 yards in the Rose Bowl
As long as I have a voice at Iowa — hopefully I'll have it for a while — we're not playing out here (in Arizona and California) non-league games. If they want to come to our place, that's fine. But traveling out here and doing the time change, and then you know we had a two-hour rain delay at Arizona State, we're not going down that road again, I can assure you that. Kirk Ferentz
Discussing playing regular season games on the west coast (as opposed to bowl games)
It's kind of like losing a star player. When you lose one, other people need to step up and push through it. Kirk Ferentz
About coaching without Norm Parker
Facilitates and good, honest, people recruit players. You can't have a winning program without players, but you can't recruit the players without facilities and good, honest people. We've built a quality program with those two primary ingredients - first-class facilities and good, honest, hard-working people. Hayden Fry
I call both my offense and defense 'scratch where it itches.' We'll take whatever is given us. Teams may stop our passing game. If they do we'll run. Hayden Fry
I've always been motivated by the desire to turn a non-winner into a winner. I once coached a pee-wee team that had never before won a game, and we won a title. That still ranks as one of my favorite achievements. Building is one of my bigger thrills. Hayden Fry
I've never changed my bottom line in coaching. I love people. I'm a tough guy, but I'm honest and ethical. My rules might be tough, but they are fair and even. And there's a little entertainer in me, because entertainment is part of the game. Hayden Fry
When I came here, I knew I didn't have to sell these people on supporting Iowa...these are the most loyal folks in the world. What I had to convince them of was that my staff and I cared and we were committed to building a winning program at Iowa. Hayden Fry
We needed to win bad, and we looked good doing it. Anytime you get a goose egg in modern-day football it's really outstanding. It's just a wonderful feeling for our seniors to play their last game at Kinnick Stadium and do so well. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Wisconsin on 11/16/1996
This was a great learning experience for the players about how hard you have to play and how well you have to execute in every game. Tulsa played a great football game. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Tulsa on 9/21/1996
Like a lot of people who get into coaching, I was impacted by the people in my life. Certainly my father (John) who coached me in youth league baseball, and my high school coach, Joe Moore, were mentors and major influences. Kirk Ferentz
This is like the most overrated holiday in the world, and I haven't seen too many of them. I just hope nobody bangs any pots or pans for the guys that are sleeping. Kirk Ferentz Referring to New Year's Eve prior to a bowl game
You guys are always asking me about why I like to be at Iowa, ... I don't read the Internet, as you know, but I get stuff handed to me by people in the office. I'm reading about Michigan as much as I can, and boy, it's a pretty tough audience up there. Kirk Ferentz
I have no problem with two teams claiming to be national champions at the end of the year. But that's our society. We're dying to know who the champion is. Heaven forbid we have two. That would be socialist, right Kirk Ferentz
Recruiting at Iowa has never been easy, and I don't think it ever will be. Our biggest challenge has always been to get people to visit our campus. If we can get them here, I feel like we give ourselves a chance because we do have a lot to offer. Kirk Ferentz
I just told my football team that's what's wrong with our ball club. We get our asses kicked and we get complimented. If I see one guy with a smile on his face, I'm gonna bust him right in the mouth. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Oklahoma on 9/15/1979
When I came to Iowa, we had to change everything that was associated with a long-held losing mentality. We had to change the total environment-from the players' conduct downtown, from their record of class attendance, from their way of dealing with people. We had to work with the total individual athlete and reconstruct his values and image. Hayden Fry
We'll take what the other teams give us. We'll scratch where it itches. Hayden Fry
We changed our image. At least when we ran out of the field or broke the huddle, we would look like winners. Hayden Fry Referring to the new uniforms in 1979 that were modeled after the Pittsburgh Steelers
Welcome to the Salvation Army. I've never been associated with an offense so nice about giving the ball away Hayden Fry
You just witnessed an old-fashioned rump kicking Hayden Fry
I wanted the players to feel like they were part of a family, to be conscious of that controlled togetherness as they made that slow entrance onto the field. It had a great psychological effect on the opposing team, too. They'd never seen anything like it. Hayden Fry Referring to "The Swarm" entrance onto the field
When I talked to a coach before a game and he mentions the pink walls, I know I've got him. I can't recall a coach who has stirred up a fuss about the color and then beat us. Hayden Fry About the visitor's locker rooms at Kinnick Stadium that were painted pink
The most encouraging aspect of the program is the number of walk-ons we've had who have gone on to earn a scholarship and be extremely successful as a student and as an athlete. It's really fairly simple. A walk-on knows that if he considers coming to the University of Iowa, he has a very good chance to earn a scholarship. We owe an awful lot to walk-ons with regard to their helping the University of Iowa become one of the nation's top programs. We've been extremely successful. In fact, many walk-ons have earned a scholarship and at least 17 have become starters, four have been team captains and one was even our MVP. Hayden Fry
We had a very interesting and entertaining game there until the last part of the fourth quarter. We gave up a couple of long passes, but we had the guys there in position. Hayden Fry from Iowa vs. Penn State on 10/21/1995