Former Iowa basketball player Ronnie Lester will not be retained as assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers after his contract expires in June.
The Former Hawkeye spent the past 10 season as Assistant GM for the Lakers under GM Mitch Kupchak. Lester played for the team from 1981-1986, averaging 7.3 points and four assists per game.
After his retirement from playing, Lester remained a major part of the Lakers organization. He was a scout for the team before being named Assistant GM.
Lester played for the Hawkeyes from 1977-1980, averaging 16.9 points per game. He earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 1978 and 1979 and his 1,675 career points ranks fifth all-time in Iowa history.
The Lakers have been cleaning house since the hiring of new head coach Mike Brown. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than a dozen scouts, training staff members and video personnel have also been told they will not have their contracts renewed.
Former Hawkeye Matt Whitaker has been named chairman of Tim Pawlenty’s Iowa campaign steering committee.
Pawlenty, the former Governor of Minnesota, officially announced Monday that he would seek the Republican nomination for President in the 2012 election.
Whitaker played tight end for the Hawkeyes from 1989 to 1992 and was a member of the 1990 Big Ten Championship squad. He caught 21 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns during his Iowa career.
Since his days wearing the Black and Gold, Whitaker has served as U.S. attorney for the Southern district of Iowa and now works in a private law practice in Des Moines.
“Matt Whitaker is a man who knows what’s important and he gets things done,” Pawlenty said in an article in The Des Moines Register. “That’s been true from his days as a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes team that played in the Rose Bowl to his determination as a U.S. attorney who prosecuted dangerous criminals and put them behind bars. Iowans know and respect Matt Whitaker. We’re very happy and blessed to have him on our team.”
HawkeyeLocator recaps the weekend, informing lovers of the Black and Gold how their favorite former Hawkeyes performed with their respective professional squads.
Indoor Football League
– Former Iowa wide receiver Clinton Solomon caught seven balls for 76 yards in the Wichita Wild’s 48-44 loss to the Omaha Beef.
Arena Football League
– Former Hawkeye quarterback Brad Banks had a dismal game for the Iowa Barnstormers. Banks completed only 5-of-18 passes for 71 yards, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions. He was ultimately replaced by backup QB Brian Lee-Laduski in the second quarter, and the team suffered its worst loss of the season, 79-27 to the Jacksonville Sharks.
– In other Hawkeye-related news, kicker Kyle Schlicher was released by the Barnstormers on May 11.
Former Iowa wide receiver Trey Stross was arrested for disorderly conduct on May 14 in Iowa City, according to the Iowa City Police Blotter.
The blotter states that the former Hawkeye was arrested at 118 S. Clinton Street, which is the address of the bar, Pints. No other details are known at this time.
KCJJ, a local radio station is Coralville, Iowa, is reporting that Stross was booked at 2:56 a.m. on May 14 and released at 10:30a.m. on the same day. Disorderly Conduct is a simple misdemeanor carrying up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Stross caught 73 passes for 964 yards and seven touchdowns over his four year Hawkeye career (2006-2009). He also was a member of the Iowa Track & Field team.
We’ve reached the second round of the Top NFL Hawkeye poll. Thanks to all of the Iowa fans who participated in the first round of polling. 223 votes were cast and now we’re down to the Sweet Sixteen.
Here are the matchups…
# 1 Dallas Clark vs. # 17 Jason Baker
#8 Tony Moeaki vs. #9 Bryan Bulaga
#4 Shonn Greene vs. # 13 Jonathan Babineaux
#5 Chad Greenway vs. #12 Pat Angerer
#2 Nate Kaeding vs. #15 Matt Roth
#7 Casey Wiegmann vs. #10 Robert Gallery
#3 Bob Sanders vs. #14 Charles Godfrey
#6 Aaron Kampman vs. #11 Marshal Yanda
Former Hawkeye football player and NFL veteran Tim Dwight plans to compete in 25 events at the 2011 Iowa Games, according to an article on HawkCentral.com
Created in 1987, the Iowa Games was created as a way for Iowans to “to practice sportsmanship, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, while striving to be a champion on and off the field of play.” The Games features 65 different events ranging from archery to wrestling.
The second All-Time leading receiver in Iowa football history, Dwight played 10 seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver and kick/punt returner before retiring in 2007. He plans to participate in 25 events in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Iowa Games. By participating in the events, the former Hawkeye hopes to spread awareness about the importance of being in good physical condition.
The Iowa Games kicks off on July 15 with the opening ceremonies at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.
Click on the Picture to view an interactive look back at Tate to Holloway: “The Catch”
Hawkeye fans refer to it as THE CATCH, one of the greatest plays in recent Iowa football history, and it is still is fresh in fans’ minds.
Warren Holloway’s miracle play, a 56-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Drew Tate, sealed a 30-25 win for Iowa over LSU — the defending BCS National Champion — in the Capitol One Bowl on January 1, 2005. It was the senior’s only touchdown of his Hawkeye career, making it all the more special.
Holloway says the coolest thing about meeting Hawkeye fans is hearing the hundreds of different stories about where people were, what they were doing, and how they reacted when the Iowa wide receiver made what is now hailed simply as THE CATCH.
Everyone has a different viewpoint, and HawkeyeLocator interviewed several people in attendance that day in Orlando, including players, coaches, team administrators and media members for multiple perspectives on the play. Check out each person’s story on her interactive look back at THE CATCH.
What do you remember about THE CATCH? Share your story in the comments section below.