Johnson County breakfasts discontinued over football conflict

Chad Leistikow

The Friday-morning breakfasts traditionally hosted by the Johnson County I-Club before Iowa football home games are being discontinued due to a scheduling conflict.

Patrick Sojka, assistant director for UI Athletics Development, confirmed the development Wednesday. This fall, Iowa will hold either a practice or walk-through on Friday mornings. Head football coach Kirk Ferentz had been the centerpiece of the event.

The Johnson County I-Club Board of Directors met Wednesday to discuss alternative solutions. Reached Wednesday night, club president Tom Robinson said he would soon publicize an "exciting" replacement plan of the breakfasts during home-game weeks.

"It's not that people don't want to be at the breakfast," Sojka said, "it's just that there's a scheduling conflict, and as a result they're looking at other options."

For the past 16 years, Ferentz — like his predecessor, Hayden Fry — presided over a breakfast that included some of the most loyal (and local) Hawkeye fans. In recent years, the $10-per-buffet program was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City and included a raffle, Ferentz providing a football update, plus an appearance from a special guest.

Last year, such guests included basketball coach Fran McCaffery and UI President Sally Mason.

Details on Iowa's revised football practice schedules are expected in the coming weeks. Ferentz and three Hawkeye players will participate in the Big Ten Media Days July 30-31 in Chicago.