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Iowa sends around odd survey asking how badly fans want Hawkeyes to win

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Iowa sends around odd survey asking how badly fans want Hawkeyes to win

Quick question, Iowa fans: On a scale of one to 10, how much do you want your team to win?

If it sounds like a silly question, it is. But it's the exact question that the Hawkeyes asked of their season-ticket holders.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse and Scott Dochterman posted a survey the Iowa football team sent around to season-ticket holders, asking them odd questions about how much they care about the Hawkeyes winning, graduating and "doing it right."

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The odd survey was just six questions long. Here are the five questions that have to do with those three core values and which fans like the most:

1. On a scale of one to 10, with one being not important and 10 being most important, how important is "win" to you as a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes?

2. On a scale of one to 10, with one being not important and 10 being most important, how important is "graduate" to you as a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes?

3. On a scale of one to 10, with one being not important and 10 being most important, how important is "do it right" to you as a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes?

4. If you were asked the previous three questions for each of Iowa's 24 sports programs individually, would your answers be the same for all 24 sports or would they change based on the sport that was involved, e.g. would your rating for "win," "graduate" and "do it right" be different for wrestling than, for example, women's soccer?

5. It is possible that you gave the same rating for each of the first three questions (three 10s or three eights or three fives). We would like you to prioritize "win," "graduate" and "do it right" (the most important to you first followed by the next most and then, lastly, the next most).

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Why Iowa needs feedback to tell them how much fans — who purchased season tickets to football games with the intent of cheering on the Hawkeyes — want the Hawkeyes to win is inexplicable. Why Iowa needs to be told how much fans care about student-athletes graduating is inscrutable. Why Iowa needs feedback to explain how much fans care about rule-breaking is head-scratch-inducing.

Iowa, no matter the sport, should care the maximum amount about winning, graduating and "doing it right," regardless of what fans say. And sending out a feedback form somehow implies that the answers will affect policy, that if fans don't care about "doing it right," then the Hawkeyes will pay far less attention to following NCAA rules and state or federal laws.

This survey is silly. You can see the whole thing and hear Morehouse and Dochterman talk about it over at the Cedar Rapids Gazette. And we highly encourage you to print a few copies and fill them out like you would a March Madness bracket. We might or might not have done that.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

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Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

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Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.