Sports, Thursday, August 5th

College Football: UNI “Lagging” in Vaccination Rate

The Missouri Valley Football Conference says games canceled this season due to COVID will most likely result in forfeits.

Conference Commissioner Patty Viverito says vaccination rates were frightening earlier this summer but have improved in recent weeks.

Viverito says their goal is to have 85 percent of players, coaches and staff vaccinated.

Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley admits his program is lagging in its vaccination rate.

The Panthers had several players miss games and had a game canceled during their abbreviated spring season.

Farley hopes what the Panthers experienced in the spring will help motivate the players to get vaccinated.

The Panthers open September fourth at Iowa State.

College Football: Iowa’s Goodson Named to CFPA Watch List:

University of Iowa junior running back Tyler Goodson has been named to the 2021 College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List.

Goodson (5-10, 200) earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from coaches and media in 2020 after leading Iowa’s rushing attack with 143 carries for 762 yards and seven touchdowns.

Goodson in 2019 became the first freshman ever to lead Iowa in rushing. He rushed 134 times for 638 yards and five touchdowns while recording 24 receptions for 166 yards in his first college season

The North Gwinnett (Ga.) prep was a preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection and preseason fourth-team All-America selection by Athlon Sports. Goodson was also named to both the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award watch lists.

The Hawkeyes open the 2021 season Sept. 4, hosting Indiana at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

College Baseball: Iowa to Play in Frisco Classic:

The University of Iowa baseball team will be one of four teams competing at the 2022 Frisco College Baseball Classic.

The Hawkeyes will be joined by Texas A&M, Wichita State and Washington State in Frisco, Texas.

Wichita State went 31-23 during the 2021 season and finished third in the AAC regular season standings. The Shockers, who are coached by third-year head coach Eric Wedge, went 18-13 in league play during the regular season.

Texas A&M posted a 29-27 overall record last season, including a 9-21 mark in SEC play. The Aggies will be led by first-year head coach Jim Schlossnagle in 2022. Schlossnagle was hired in June following an 18-year run at TCU.

Washington State went 26-23 overall and 13-17 in the Pac-12 Conference in 2021. The Cougars are led by third-year head coach Brian Green.

Iowa’s complete 2022 schedule will be released at a later date.