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Mike Hlas

Triumph Books, our publisher for What It Means to Be a Hawkeye, was first-class all the way.  They did a great job promoting the book and setting up interviews with radio and print media.  I’ll never forget the first interview they arranged for me to do for What It Means to Be a Hawkeye…with the Cedar Rapids Gazette‘s Mike Hlas. Mike Hlas Mike Hlas works as a sports columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and maintains a blog appropriately called The Hlog.  On a side note, the Gazette, with Hlas, Marc Morehouse, and Scott Dochterman, almost seem greedy for hogging…

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What It Means to Be a Hawkeye

On August 9, 2011, What It Means to Be a Hawkeye was released by Triumph Books.  What It Means to Be a Hawkeye is made up entirely of first-person narratives from sixty former Hawkeye student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Each former player reflects back on the circumstances that led him to the University of Iowa, the big wins, the crushing defeats, how the university impacted his life after graduation, and what it means – to him – to be a Hawkeye. About What It Means to Be a Hawkeye The sixty Hawkeyes interviewed span eight decades of Iowa football.  They range from George Frye and Henry Vollenweider,…

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The Former Hawkeye Draft

Now that there were three authors on board to write What It Means to Be a Hawkeye, we had to work quickly to put our book together.  Lyle Hammes, Michael Maxwell, and I needed to interview sixty former Hawkeye athletes, coaches, and administrators over the span of just a few months to have material for the book, and we needed to find a good way to divide that work between the three of us.  Our solution was to conduct a fantasy football-style, former Hawkeye draft! The Former Hawkeye Draft Each of us took turns in the draft.  When it was our turn to select, we named…

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