Mother Nature smiled on Iowa City today to help us welcome the B1G Ten bus to the Hawkeye State. Greeted by sunny skies, smiling faces, and unusually warm temperatures for October, the conference's Chief Commissioner Diane Dietz said this was the best weather she's seen since the tour started six weeks ago! You can always count on Iowa for niceness :)
Diane and her crew's first stop was Carver Hawkeye Arena to introduce the championship trophy to the University of Iowa and surrounding community members. It's hard to say what shined brighter that day - the trophy or the sun! Standing a stunning 30" tall, the trophy was named in honor of College Football Hall of Famers Amos Alonzo Stagg and Joe Paterno, and is a tribute to Big Ten student athletes past and present.
Each year it will be awarded to the winner (hopefully the Hawkeyes soon!!!!) of the newly-established Big Ten Championship game, which was added upon the inclusion of Nebraska to the now-12 team conference.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRGZdM72PnY Click here to watch Diane explain more !
After the warm welcome at Carver, it was time to change into some play clothes and hit Hubbard Park to meet the most important members of the University of Iowa - the students! Parked next to the Iowa Memorial Student Union, the B1G blue bus attracted lots of attention. With the help of the lively promotions team, students flocked to the RV for their chance to see the trophy up close, get photos with it, and enter to win tickets to the Big Ten Championship game.
A blow-up football catching game was an added bonus VID00018.MP4 -- seriously so fun! As if this day couldn't get any brighter, good spirits kept coming with the news that former Hawkeye defenseman Brett Greenwood came out of his month-long coma and is now on the road to recovery. For more info on this important menmber of the Hawkeye family, read here.
Overall, everyone enjoyed a great afternoon in Iowa City, which I would argue is the best place to be during football season. According to local forecasts, the pleasant weather and friendly atmosphere are set to keep up well into the weekend as we welcome the Wildcats of Northwestern to the historic Kinnick Stadium on Saturday!
The tour will continue bright and early tomorrow at the I-Club breakfast with Kirk Ferentz, and then will head back to the park for more student interaction. To keep up with the crew at all time, follow me on Twitter at @B1GMobileTour !