A definitive timeline of Colin Cowherd bashing the Iowa Hawkeyes
From being undefeated for much of the 2015 season, to falling to a FCS perennial in 2016 and to the "Fake ID of college football" T-shirts, Fox Sports radio personality Colin Cowherd has had lots to say about Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa football program.
Maybe it's because of sagging ratings, or maybe it's because he isn’t, in fact, crazy about the Hawkeyes and their brand. But you'd think after Joel Klatt, a college football and NFL Draft analyst with Fox Sports, mocked Cowherd about being anti-Iowa Monday on his own show, he would eventually stop.
As history shows, though, that likely won't happen anytime soon — especially considering he's talked about or mentioned the Hawkeyes at least four times so far this year.
In the meantime, let's look back at Cowherd's two cents' worth (and more) over the last two years regarding the Hawkeyes.
Nov. 11, 2015
The then-No. 4 Hawkeyes were undefeated heading into their Big Ten Conference title game against then-fifth-ranked Michigan State.
This is the first time where Cowherd addresses Iowa AKA "a fraud," basing his argument about Iowa's nonconference schedule that season consisting of “Lamar, North Texas State and Panera Bread" and its lack of blue-chip recruits.
“They walk into the club, they’re a $30,000-a-year millionaire. Look at my Corvette. It’s leased. Look at my jewelry. It’s fake. Look at my jeans. They’re my brother’s. They’re the ultimate poser in a nightclub. Look at me, look at me. You make 32 grand a year, cowboy, sit down," Cowherd said.
“You’re a poser. Michigan’s not. Michigan State’s not. Ohio State’s not. Iowa’s a poser. Give your brother his jeans back.”
Keep in mind, too: Before the Big Ten championship, Cowherd guaranteed that Nebraska would topple the Hawkeyes. Iowa would defeat the Cornhuskers, 28-20.
“Guys like Cowherd saying we won’t beat Nebraska, that’s exciting,” then-QB C.J. Beathard (we'll get to him later) said after the game. “OK, well, we beat Nebraska. What are you going to say next? We’re just going to continue to prove people wrong."
Iowa, however, would lose the Big Ten title game on Dec. 5, 16-13, and Cowherd would make no mention of the Hawkeyes until...
Sept. 19, 2016
Almost a year later, then-No. 13 Iowa was stunned by North Dakota State 23-21 on a last-second field goal at Kinnick Stadium. NDSU would finish the 2016 season making it as far as the FCS semifinals with a 12-2 record, missing out on a historic sixth straight national title.
But one of the main talking points on Cowherd's show on the Monday following the Hawkeyes' loss was more Hawkeye ripping.
Cowherd continued to compare the Hawkeyes' nonconference scheduling with other Big Ten and top-25 programs, like Ohio State, Michigan State and Alabama.
“They’re posers,” Cowherd said. “They want to gain status, popularity, bowl games and access and they don’t want to earn it.”
He even called the Hawkeyes' loss "perfect."
“(Iowa) not only got carded by the bouncer, but the bouncer took their ID, put it on the wall inside the club so all the other bouncers knew: Poser," he would say. "Then the girlfriend of Iowa was so upset, she came back to the club later, the bouncer let her in and she left with another guy.
"It was perfect.”
Jan. 23, 2017
The Hawkeyes, despite finishing 8-5 overall, 6-3 in the Big Ten and a disappointing 30-3 loss against Florida at the Outback Bowl at the start of the month, weren't talked about by Cowherd until a few weeks after their season ended.
Cowherd, a day after the Green Bay Packers' NFC Championship loss to the Atlanta Falcons, needed to use the Hawkeyes as a reference for his argument: "Were the Packers finally exposed for having a terrible team besides (quarterback) Aaron Rodgers?"
"That Atlanta offense against that Green Bay defense — that looked like the Outback Bowl with a slow Iowa team the last two years," Cowherd said.
"They didn't even look like they should be on the same field."
April 12, 2017
After rounding out its 2019 nonconference schedule with Middle Tennessee State, Cowherd blasted Ferentz and Iowa’s scheduling again.
Enter: “The Fake ID of college football” talk.
“You’re the same fan base that demands I include you in Rose Bowl talk, but you’ve lost five straight bowl games (to Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee, Stanford and Florida),” Cowherd said. “And do you know why you’ve lost five straight? Not easy to do. Because you get into bowls you didn’t earn.
“Because you’re the fake ID of college football.”
But not so fast. As the Register’s Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow pointed out in his column about Cowherd’s four-minute rant: “An easy fact-check shows that Iowa has faced five top-20 opponents in nonconference play under Ferentz: No. 5 Nebraska in 1999; No. 8 Kansas State and No. 1 Nebraska in 2000; No. 16 Arizona State in 2003; and No. 18 Arizona in 2010.”
Leistikow even noted that big, bad Alabama scheduled three opponents during the last five years from the so-called “1-800-CREAM-PUFF” directory.
April 24, 2017
Rather than criticizing the Hawkeyes on his show and on social media, Cowherd decided to take things a step further by printing his thoughts on a T-shirt.
"It's all official, No Fake ID's," Cowherd wrote on his official Facebook page April 24, promoting the brand new, first-of-its-kind "IOWA: THE FAKE ID OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL T-SHIRT."
The shirt costs $25 to $27. The design is of an Iowa driver's license with a quarterback named "Joe King" as the mug. King is from "132 FAKER DR," the shirt reads.
May 1, 2017
Following the 2017 NFL Draft, Cowherd praised the San Francisco 49ers’ selections, which consist of Beathard (3rd round, 104th overall) and former Iowa tight end George Kittle (5th round, 146th overall).
Klatt, the college football and NFL Draft analyst with Fox Spots, wasn’t going to let Cowherd praise both sides of the table, given his Iowa bashing over the past two years.
"You’re trying to jump on this Iowa bandwagon, I’m not gonna allow it," Klatt said. "I’m not gonna allow you to jump on the bandwagon of C.J. Beathard and George Kittle and say what great picks they were when you’ve been bashing Iowa for the past year-and-a-half. That’s a good program up there."
Cowherd: "Oh, yeah, who they playing to start the season this year?"
"I don’t care," Klatt fired back. "Who does anyone play to start the season this year?"
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Moments later, Klatt did what every Hawkeye has wanted somebody to do to Cowherd publicly: Stand up.
"I am not going to allow you, listeners, listen: Hold Colin accountable," he said. "You cannot allow him to praise the 49ers’ draft, because he’s been bashing Iowa for two years. You can’t get on the bandwagon now, sorry. George Kittle and C.J. Beathard are giving you the finger right now."
"... You can’t do it. Stop praising the 49ers’ draft. Praise John Lynch only, not the 49ers’ draft."
Watch the full exchange here:
So there you have it: The definitive timeline of Cowherd’s hate against the Hawkeyes.
Until next time, which we know will be here sooner rather than later…
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