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University of Iowa Hawkeys

Team History

The Hawkeyes began playing varsity football in 1889 and began play in the now-Big Ten in 1900, winning the league in year one. 10 Big Ten Championships have been one since then, with the most recent coming in 2004. The Hawkeyes had an impressive run in the early 1920’s, then again with Nile Kinnick in 1939. The mid-50’s saw another great run, including a national title, but a dry spell from 1960-1980 would follow. However in 1978 the Hawks had hired Hayden Fry, and an another impressive run began.

The Hawkeyes began playing in Iowa Stadium in 1929, and its been there home since then. The name change came in 1972, when it was decided the university should honor 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick, who died in service during WWII. Today Kinnick Stadium holds 70,585 fans who have been witness to 25 Consensus All Americans.

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Big Ten Facts

  • Seasons as a member: 115
  • Big Ten Championships: 11
  • Championship Frequency: 1 every 10.5 years
  • Rose Bowl Appearances: 6
  • Rose Bowl Wins: 2
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Winners: 10
  • Coach of the Year Recipients: Hayden Fry (2), Kirk Ferentz (3)
Hawkeyes Team History

icon-iowaThe Hawkeyes began playing varsity football in 1889 and began play in the now-Big Ten in 1900, winning the league in year one. 10 Big Ten Championships have been one since then, with the most recent coming in 2004. The Hawkeyes had an impressive run in the early 1920’s, then again with Nile Kinnick in 1939. The mid-50’s saw another great run, including a national title, but a dry spell from 1960-1980 would follow. However in 1978 the Hawks had hired Hayden Fry, and an another impressive run began.

The Hawkeyes began playing in Iowa Stadium in 1929, and its been there home since then. The name change came in 1972, when it was decided the university should honor 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick, who died in service during WWII. Today Kinnick Stadium holds 70,585 fans who have been witness to 25 Consensus All Americans.

Big Ten Facts
  • Seasons as a member: 115
  • Big Ten Championships: 11
  • Championship Frequency: 1 every 10.5 years
  • Rose Bowl Appearances: 6
  • Rose Bowl Wins: 2
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Winners: 10
  • Coach of the Year Recipients: Hayden Fry (2), Kirk Ferentz (3)