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On Iowa Daily Briefing 7.2.12 — Eric May, the football player?

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette –

Iowa senior basketball captain Eric May was a versatile athlete at Dubuque Wahlert, where he excelled at more than one sport.

At Wahlert the 6-foot-5 swing guard also played quarterback on the football team. He threw for 2,125 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 850 yards and eight scores his senior year. He guided his 4-5 squad to a Class 4A substate upset over 8-1 North Scott and earned a first-round playoff berth. As a junior he threw for 1,659 yards and nine touchdowns

With May’s size, athletic ability and natural strength (he weighs about 230 pounds and has bench pressed more than 300 pounds for several years), speculation has swirled that May could switch to the football field when his basketball eligibility expires. May shot that down quickly on Sunday.

“If they gave me three more years then maybe, but it would hard to put on 30 pounds in one season,” May said.

May said he doesn’t regret picking basketball and he hopes to play professionally overseas when his Iowa career wraps up next spring.

“Do I wonder what it would be like? Yeah, sure, I wonder what it would be like,” May said about playing college football. “I’ve never considered switching over. If you think I’m injured now, wait a couple of years of football and play middle linebacker or something.

“I’m a basketball player. I’d be a different person (playing football). I’d be buying different clothes, that’s for sure.”

— Scott Dochterman

If you’re looking for Olympic Trials or Euro 2012 or Tiger Woods, look elsewhere. Because this weekend was the start of the Canadian Football League season.

Former Iowa quarterback Drew Tate fought off flu-like symptoms and completed 25 of 35 for 299 yards and a touchdown in his Calgary Stampeders’ 38-10 stampede of the Montreal Alouettes. Tate did get picked off on successive possessions of the third quarter, so he has plenty to polish up in practice this week.

The Calgary Herald helped ring in the start of the season by interviewing none other than … Warren Holloway!

It’s been seven years and six months since Holloway’s catch on Tate’s pass gave Iowa a last-second Capital One Bowl win over LSU.

“To be involved in a moment that meant so much to so many people,” he admits, “really leaves you kind of speechless. When I go back to Iowa, people can tell me where they were, what they were doing, when I caught that ball. Grandpa dancing on tables, whole families whooping and crying, parents dropping babies . . .,’ He chuckles. “Well, maybe not dropping babies, but there are so many interesting stories. It seems I get a new one every time I go back. ‘You’ll never guess what happened to me when you caught that pass.” …

Holloway now lives outside Chicago, works in project management and has a number of other business dealings on the go.

— Let’s give some credit to Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz for declining to participate in the joke that is the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ Top 25.

“For me to comment on how good Boise is or how good TCU is or the Pac-12, you can’t do it,” Ferentz said. “Because you don’t see those teams. We might be the worst group to rely on in November and December.”

— Ferentz’s team hosts Central Michigan on Sept. 22. The Washington Times suggests it ought to be a mismatch based on where it has CMU ranked among the 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

That would be No. 115.

— Phil Mushnick of the New York Post sees just a little hypocrisy when college sports officials talk about things like the academic calendar.

The funniest quote out of this week’s announcement of a four-school NCAA football championship came from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott:

“Until you have an eight- or 16-team seeded playoff, there will be folks out there who aren’t completely satisfied. We get that. But we’re trying to balance other important priorities, like the value of the regular season, like the importance of the bowls, like the academic calendar.”

Academic calendar? Stop, you’re killing me!

At roughly the same time, the Connecticut men’s basketball team, already hit hard with sanctions for academic negligence, announced it will open the regular season Nov. 9 against Michigan State — in Germany!

— The column of the month may have been put on the Web with just a couple hours remaining in June.

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News has an excellent essay headlined “Joe Paterno fans must accept that he was flawed.”

I strongly encourage you to give it a read. After laying out a lot of information and strong opinion about the Penn State situation, Jones includes this in his closing remarks:

I would just ask those who cannot get their minds around the concept of Joe Paterno acting in self-interest — acting to preserve his institution rather than individuals — to prepare themselves to have their bedtime story disrupted. You don’t get to be as powerful as this man was by sitting idly by and allowing others to call shots.

Such power breeds fame, and vice versa. Soon, we bestow the mantle of greatness on men who do not warrant it, as often as we ignore the anonymously noble, those truly worthy of our praise.

How many times do we instill intrinsic goodness in those we don’t even know? Have the Roman Catholic priest scandals in Boston and Philadelphia taught us nothing?

It does not have to be a lesson of bitter disillusionment, only one of caution. Trust those few you personally know.

I’ve seen it over and over, and so have you. People do instill intrinsic goodness in those they don’t even know. It has always seemed strange to me. It always will.

— For something more uplifting, here’s another terrific column, this by Karen Crouse of the New York Times.

It’s how an eighth-grade cub reporter inspired an Olympic swimmer, and vice versa. It’s good stuff.

— Then there’s this from Friday night’s minor-league baseball in Joliet, Ill. Things get really troublesome at around the :50 mark. Fortunately, no one was injured during this incident.

— Mike Hlas

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