Bright Arizona skies greeted the Hawkeyes during their first two days of practice in Scottsdale. And after two days of practice in preparation for the Insight Bowl appearance with Oklahoma on the 30th, Christmas Day finds a day of limited action for the team. A morning lift gives way to an afternoon of free time for players to relax or explore the local area. This free day is not tied to Christmas, rather it is their "Monday" of game week, which is always an off day during the season.
The team came together with coaches and staff on Christmas Eve for dinner together. Optional services were also available for players to attend and hear the message of Christmas. Transportation was also available for players to attend local church services.
It has become an annual tradition at Hawkeye Football practices for the Hawkeye Head Coach to adorn a black and gold Santa hat. Kirk Ferentz walks around the fields coaching with the festive hat.