The fascination continues over that 138-point game by Grinnell College sophomore Jack Taylor last week.
Some trivial footnotes you might not have heard about Taylor’s record-busting outburst against Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, which captured headlines from coast to coast:
- Faith Baptist, located in Ankeny, Iowa, is not sanctioned by the NCAA or the NAIA.
It is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA). In fact, it lists that Grinnell game on its schedule as an “exhibition.”
- Faith Baptist has yet to win a game this season, exhibition or otherwise.
- Faith Baptist has a local player on its roster. Jon Rocha of Geneseo attended high school at East Moline Christian. He scored 136 points less than Taylor did in 23 minutes of floor time in that game.
- Taylor had only 58 points at halftime, then stepped up the pace, scoring 80 in the second half. He made 18 of his 27
3-point field goals after halftime and attempted 58 shots in the second half after putting up only 50 in the first 20 minutes.
- Taylor is a few years removed from Black River Falls (Wis.) High School. He played one year at a prep school, Mercensburg Academy, then was a sub last season at Wisconsin-LaCrosse, scoring 7.0 points per game.
- That game is one of only two that Taylor has started all season. He normally comes off the bench for a team that almost no one ever plays more than 20 minutes. He played 36 that night.
- In the following game, Taylor scored 21 points, hitting 6 of 21 shots from the field and turning the ball over six times in a 131-116 loss to William Penn. He had 18 points Wednesday against Knox, dropping his season scoring average to 44.8.
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Kirk Ferentz did it again in his postseason news conference Wednesday: He referred to this year’s Iowa football team as “young.” Sorry, but when you have eight seniors and nine juniors in the starting lineup every week, you’re not that young.
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The most amazing facet of Iowa’s disheartening season was the fact that senior James Vandenberg took every snap at quarterback.
It’s a testament to Vandenberg’s durability, Ferentz’s stubbornness and perhaps the quality of the other QBs. If you don’t trust the backups enough to throw them into a lopsided victory over Minnesota or blowout losses to Penn State and Michigan, maybe they’re just not very good.
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We’ve all been admonished not to reveal who we voted for in the Heisman Trophy balloting this year. So, I won’t.
I won’t tell you that one of the three spots on my ballot went to a defensive player or that I included an outstanding player from the Iowa-Illinois region, as I often do.
There was a really, really good candidate for that regional slot this season, so good that I might have listed him higher than the No. 3 spot on the ballot. It doesn’t hurt that he played for my alma mater.
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We didn’t receive a lot of cutesy Heisman promotional materials this year, although Kansas State did send voters a box of purple band-aids in an effort to elicit votes for quarterback Collin Klein.
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They overlooked an obvious opportunity to play off Calvin Klein in their marketing campaign. If I’d gotten a new pair of Collin Klein jeans in the mail, I might have voted for the guy.
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Iowa State fans no doubt chortled over Gene Chizik being fired as the head coach at Auburn just two years after winning the national championship. They wouldn’t be chortling as loudly if Auburn chose to pursue current Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads, a former Auburn assistant, as Chizik’s replacement.
Doesn’t look as if that is going to happen, though.
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The bowl bids won’t formally be extended until today, but it appears Iowa State will be paired with Minnesota in the Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl. That’s good news. Rhoads enjoys beating up on Big Ten teams with gold in their uniforms.
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Iowa’s Micah Hyde, named the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year last week, could be the only Hawkeye selected in the NFL Draft in April. About the only other plausible draftee is offensive lineman Matt Tobin, and he would go very late.
Hyde could be picked in the first three rounds. That much-replayed play in which he ran down Northwestern speedster Venric Mark from behind should boost him up a couple of rounds.
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One more sign that I should have been a major league baseball pitcher: The Cubs last week signed 29-year-old right-hander Scott Feldman to a one-year contract for $6 million. That’s exactly $1 million for every game Feldman won last season while registering a 5.09 earned-run average with the Rangers.