Saturday, June 03, 2006
Who Wants a Heisman? He'll Take a Harley
Iowa quarterback Drew Tate, a darkhorse Heisman candidate, clearly is an excitable guy, but imagine his reaction after acing the 13th hole during a golf tournament Friday at the university's Finkbine course. You see, the shot earned Tate $25,000 toward the purchase of a new Dodge. James White, who was in Tate's foursome, said the quarterback was trying to figure out how to cash in the prize and spring for a new Harley-Davidson. About then, word reached Iowa athletic director Bob Bowlsby, who had been resting comfortably after turning over the keys to the bank to coach Kirk Ferentz. Bowlsby made a beeline to Finkbine and practically yanked the keys out of Tate's hands, telling the star quarterback that accepting the prize would violate NCAA rules. So one disaster was averted, but another one is developing in Eastern Iowa, with rival Iowa State moving in. Cyclone athlete director Jamie Pollard announced that the university will put up a billboard on busy Interstate 380 between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Kudos to the great Ron Maly blog and Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette for getting the billboard story first. Hlas' column is in the comments section. We will have more on this Sunday along with a picture of the billboard.
Posted by dawizofodds at 2:55 AM