Saturday was the last game for the Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium until the annual spring practice in April. There are still two games remaining on the Iowa schedule, one in West Lafayette, IN this week, and then a border battle at Lincoln, NE on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The closing of the home schedule carries mixed emotions. Kinnick Stadium is one of the finer venues for college football, and such a nice facility is only used for seven Saturdays in the Fall. It is always sad to see that portion of the schedule come to and end.
And it is the last time we get pampered by the staff at The Hotel at Kirkwood, the team hotel when playing home games. This is the first time The Hotel has hosted the Hawkeyes, and it could become the first of many years.
On the final home Friday night, former Major League and University of Iowa pitcher Cal Eldred stopped by The Hotel to talk to the team. He shared his baseball experiences and related them to the final home game of many Hawkeye Seniors.