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Back in 1998, the Register's Randy Peterson asked legendary Iowa football coach Hayden Fry to translate a handful of his famous sayings.

Fry turns 89 years old on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

“High porch picnic.” A West Texas expression for having some fun.

“Covered the waterfall.” Preparation for the next game is now complete.

“Only thing I’ve got going for me are my day dreams.” Injuries are piling up, fans are grumpy and the media is second-guessing.

From the archives:

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The day Hayden Fry nearly fired McCarney and Ferentz

“Clowns.” Reporters who criticize his program without having a football background themselves.

“We’re not rolling into town on a load of wood.” The Hawkeyes aren’t nearly as hick as some people think they are.

“Scratch where it itches.” If an opponent tries to stop the rush, “We pass.” If it stops the pass, “We rush.”

Fry retired in 1998 with the most wins in school history. He led the Hawkeyes to a 143-89-6 record over 20 seasons and was 6-7-1 in bowl games at Iowa. Kirk Ferentz tied Fry's wins mark in December when the Hawkeyes beat Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.

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A statue dedicated to Hawkeyes legend and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Hayden Fry was unveiled during the 2016 FryFest in Coralville. Zach Berg/Press-Citizen file video

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