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).
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.