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Iowa’s Jok, Moss sweep Big Ten Player of the Week honors

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ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS – University of Iowa senior Peter Jok and redshirt freshman Isaiah Moss were named Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively. The announcement was made Monday by the Big Ten Conference office. It marks the first time Iowa has swept the weekly men’s basketball accolades (weekly freshman honors began in 2010).

Jok (6-6, 205 pounds) collects the third Big Ten weekly honor of his career and second this season. Jok helped lead the Hawkeyes to a pair of victories last week over Stetson (95-68) and No. 25 Iowa State (78-64). He averaged a team-best 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, and five assists in the two contests.

In Iowa’s upset over 25th-ranked Iowa State on Dec. 8, Jok lead all scorers and rebounders with 23 points and nine rebounds. Against Stetson, the team captain flirted with a triple-double recording 15 points, eight rebounds, and dishing out a career-high seven assists without committing a turnover.

Moss (6-5, 205 pounds) earned his first conference weekly recognition after averaging 17.5 points and five rebounds in Iowa’s two victories. The native of Chicago scored nine of his 14 points in the second half to help Iowa upend the 25th-ranked Cyclones.

Moss tallied personal bests in scoring (21), steals (2), and rebounds (6) in the Hawkeyes’ triumph over Stetson on Dec. 5. The shooting guard shot at a 50 percent clip from 3-point range in the two games (6-of-12), including going 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from long distance against the Hatters.

The Hawkeyes (5-5) return to action Saturday when they travel to Des Moines to compete in The Hy-Vee Classic. Iowa will face Northern Iowa at 3:30 p.m. (CT) at Wells Fargo Arena. Drake will face Iowa State in the doubleheader nightcap at 6 p.m.

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You’re both wrong. At least in the Big Ten. Athletics are all funded by TV revenue. At Iowa, for sure, absolutely no tax dollars are used for any athletics. NONE.

You missed the point Fred. The point was sports are a source of revenue that goes to sports and not the college as a whole. If that revenue went to the general fund instead of just paying the head coached we could reduce the amount of taxes we have to pay to support them.

You are wrong about that. When the U of I gives a scholarship to an athlete, they pay the university for that scholarship. So, a full ride for football results in the athletic department paying a set amount of dollars each year. The scholarship monies are funded from endowments and personal gifts to the athletic departments. None comes from the public. They also give money to the university for other scholarships that are non-athletic in nature. The university benefits from the television and radio broadcasts of the games. The funding for higher education in Iowa has decreased by 22% over the past 8 years.That money doesn’t go to the athletic department. It is totally self-funded. Salaries are not a result of tax dollars. So, your entire argument is essentially wrong. By the way, the majority of funding for the general budget of the U of I does come from tuition. The state kicks in about 1/2 of that but that isn’t too bad when you consider how much athletics enhance the public’s opinion of our state.

Interesting. I stand corrected.

College sports are paid for by the rest of the students – colleges spend millions of dollars every year and the costs are passed on to the students – coaches make more than $ 1,000,000.00 per year – How come these profits are not used to lower tuition costs instead of going to a select few ? New leadership is needed in these colleges.

Agreed. Every year they want more and more taxes to support these college’s. They should pay the coaches a reasonable salary but no where near what they get today. The money made from sports should go into the college general fund and then budgeted out.

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