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All-American Clayborn on Iowa football: 'We're the only team in the state, as far as I know'

Given the fact that Iowa State has been, to be nice, in kind of “down” cycle for the better part of the last quarter century — or more — there’s not a lot more than regional interest when it comes to their annual showdown with in-state rival Iowa State.  Fortunately, one of the few things that could add spice to the rivalry has occurred.

(Stop yawning.  The season starts in 64 days.)

Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz will probably not appreciate it all that much, but one of his players has provided his counterpart with the Cyclones, Paul Rhoads, with something to tack onto the bulletin board ahead of their annual showdown the second weekend of the season.

Adrian Clayborn was asked about expectations facing his school coming off an 11-win season that ended with a No. 7 ranking nationally.  The All-American defensive end used the question, for whatever reason, to take a shot at the Ames school.

“Too much actually, it makes me want to stay in the house,” he said jokingly according to the Des Moines Register. “But it comes with being a Hawkeye football player. I mean we’re the only team in the state, as far as I know. And it comes with being us, I guess.”

(Last 12 meetings: Iowa State 7, Iowa 5.  Just sayin’, Adrian.)

Wow, that’ll certainly add some spice to the rivalry, won’t it?  It won’t?  Yeah, didn’t think so.  Carry on, then.

64 days…

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  1. burntorangehorn says: Jun 30, 2010 8:49 AM

    Seven out of the last twelve, as you said, and 14 of the last 25 meetings between these two teams.
    Iowa State has had Iowa’s number, especially considering that Iowa is supposedly a much better football program.

  2. MN Boise Fan says: Jun 30, 2010 9:02 AM

    I’d have never guessed in a million years that ISU had won 7 times in the last 12 years. Crazy. But thats how rivalry games go sometimes I guess.

  3. edgy1957 says: Jun 30, 2010 10:00 AM

    I’m reminded of an old Steve Martin quote “I remember when I had my first beer.” :)

  4. CleanSlaton says: Jun 30, 2010 10:37 AM

    ‘Only team in the state’ or not, it’s a crappy football state anyway. Stick to wrestling, Iowa.
    Give me one good reason why a small, flat, cold, and BORING state should have incentive to recruit teenagers well to any school in it…
    They’re pretty much limited to in-state kids, which if they’re legitimately good–usually go elsewhere to play in front of actual people/for notoriety, because cornstalks and livestock can’t cheer.

  5. ihawk21 says: Jun 30, 2010 11:08 AM

    Obviously CleanSlaton you have never been to Kinnick Stadium, let alone the state of Iowa. Leave it to morons like you who post dumbass comments that make absolutely no sense.
    Yes we do recruit in state… we also recruit some very talented players out of state. The so called 1 star players that Iowa recruits usually turn in to 4 star players before they leave. Did you happen to see the NFL draft this year. THATS WHY THEY WANT TO PLAY AT IOWA!
    Get your facts straight…….that way your comments won’t reflect how dumb you really are!

  6. WVUColumbus says: Jun 30, 2010 11:25 AM

    CleanSlaton-You really hate Iowa, don’t you?

  7. hawkstop says: Jun 30, 2010 11:25 AM

    Correction, Iowa has won 18 of the last 25 meetings. Why would a teenager want to come to play for Iowa? How about a chance to go to the NFL? 31 draft picks in the last ten years ranks 20th in the nation, not bad for a small, flat, cold, and BORING state!

  8. Some Dude says: Jun 30, 2010 11:34 AM

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. Iowa has no problem recruiting from out of state. Some of the biggest names in the last season were out of state recruits. Such as…
    Wegher – SD
    McNutt – MO
    Johnson-Koulianos – OH
    Clayborn – MO
    Stanzi – OH

  9. headington says: Jun 30, 2010 12:11 PM

    For those of you who have never met a hawk fan, Athlete. there one of the worst fan bases in the country. There ignorant, annoying, and there biggest excuse for losing is the referees fault. In fact they arn’t better than Iowa State. you want to see for your self? go to this website.

  10. CleanSlaton says: Jun 30, 2010 1:01 PM

    I graduated from Texas. My standard for comparison is quite high. I’ve traveled to Ames several times for both football and basketball and it might be the coldest place I’ve ever been to, as well as one of the most boring. I’ve been to Iowa City and Des Moines as well, driven past the eyesore known as Kinnick stadium [which is better than what was assumed of me, at least]and they don’t have any recruiting bargaining chips [as well as incentive to remain living there after college] when compared to Austin and DKR Memorial Stadium. Face it.
    Texas is 2nd in all-time wins. Iowa is 41st.
    Average attendance at DKR last year was above 100,000. Average attendance at Kinnick was 70,000. That’s anywhere from 150-200,000 more people that saw Texas play in-person last year than did Iowa.
    Furthermore, [@ Some Dude] Clayborn and Stanzi are good and decent, respectively, but the list you submitted is comprised of rejects from states with larger programs like Mizzou and Ohio State that didn’t want them….and South Dakota isn’t exactly a recruiting hotbed. I think one could take an All-Star team from the city of Houston ALONE and beat any Iowa team.
    and Ihawk24–I’m an electrical engineer for the department of defense. I’m not dumb. I have traveled to Iowa enough times to do the most fun thing that state has to offer–which is TO LEAVE IOWA. I Do watch the NFL draft every year, where I see Longhorns get drafted every year, as well as in the NBA draft, as well as in the MLB draft. Let me know when Iowa’s good at something besides wrestling.
    The purpose of my previous post was to implicity state that your turd of a PRE-SEASON All-American needs to shut up and have some humility and realize he’s a big fish in a small pond & playing in the Big 10 [ironically similar to Texas’ forced Big 12 situation; we’re just more relevant nationally.] Also, pre-season counts for jack shit.
    Maybe it’s unfair of me to compare a lesser athletic program to the best there is, but Iowa residents, realize the deck is stacked against you. Your state SUCKS.

  11. hawkstop says: Jun 30, 2010 1:17 PM

    @ headington
    You are right, Iowa has the only fans in the country that is ignorant, annoying, and blame the refs, riiiight. Way to pull out the scoreboard that includes gymnastics, volleyball, cross country, and swimming, you sure got the Hawks’ number on that one.

  12. fatediesel says: Jun 30, 2010 1:18 PM

    Headington calling people ignorant is funny when he clearly doesn’t understand proper word usage, spelling, and punctuation.

  13. ss says: Jun 30, 2010 1:34 PM

    Wow, sounds like CleanSlatonds is a bit insecure and a big Sally. All I hear is crying and puffing his chest out. Pull up your skirt. Texas is sweaty shithole. Heard the same thing about leaving your state as well.

  14. hawkfan2312 says: Jun 30, 2010 1:42 PM

    Wow no wonder our gov’t so idiotic we have ppl as dumb cleanslaton in it

  15. panterafan says: Jun 30, 2010 1:43 PM

    @ CleanSlaton
    Well at least one thing Iowa has over Texas is we don’t have pricks like you as fans.

  16. edgy1957 says: Jun 30, 2010 2:03 PM

    CleanSlaton, of course, you do realize that their stadium doesn’t hold 100,000 so it’s kind of stupid to talk about how many people show up for Texas vs Iowa because Iowa fills up its stadium game after game with those 70,000. If you’re going to start spitting on others for NOT averaging 100,000+ then you better be prepared to be crapped on by Michigan and Ohio State, who were selling out that many tickets when Texas was wishing that their stadium was that big. Hell, Nebraska doesn’t hold as many fans as Texas and they have the NCAA record for consecutive games sold out at 300+ and even if they opened it up to 100,000+, they’d still sell out because the fans love their Cornhuskers, just as Iowans love their Hawkeyes.
    Also, the 100,000+ is a RECENT phenomenon, as the stadium got its makeover to 98,000+ in 2008 and 100,000 in 2009. Before that, the stadium was at 86,000+. I’m not a Hawkeye fan but you sure as hell are showing that Texas and arrogant go hand in hand when it comes to dealing with the rest of the world.

  17. headington says: Jun 30, 2010 4:25 PM

    whatever. iowa is going to lose big to ohio st this year. Go Bucks!

  18. NickSabanSucks says: Jun 30, 2010 5:34 PM

    Texas Sucks

  19. Husk3rp0w3r says: Jun 30, 2010 9:27 PM

    It looks like CleanSlaton is on to something; When it comes to football in Iowa, there is really no class at all. He throws out hard numbers and is rebutted with a series of personal attacks. Clearly he is educated and has at least some class about his team. Texas has a right to be a little more arrogant, though, due to their history of success. Iowa has none. Keep crying, squakheads. Your tears are absolutely delicious.
    Living around squakeye fans, it is evident that their small fan base is dedicated but incredibly discourteous. It is almost laughable. In the Big XII and most of the Big 10, fans are respectful and grateful for the chance to play other teams. When it comes to Iowa, their fans (and apparently athletes) feel as if they are and have always been the best in history. Again, laughable.
    I have every piece of respect for the Cy team that came to Lincoln and handed us a loss. Iowa fans, instead, have often been referred to as the worst fans in college football. Clearly, terrible attitudes.
    Kinnick Stadium is a joke and more teams feel intimidated in Ames than Iowa City.
    I look forward to the rivalry that will ensue between UNL and Iowa because I want the satisfaction of destroying your sorry excuse for a team every single season.
    Have a good day. :)

  20. Showkiller says: Jun 30, 2010 10:11 PM

    Today we salute you Mr. Way Too Proud of Texas Guy.
    Mr. Way Too Proud of Texas Guy!
    Men from lesser states might know their state’s capital, but you? You know your state’s bird, tree and even reptile.
    Love that horny toad.
    You display your pride with your Lone Star tattoo, “Native Texan” bumper sticker, and contempt for any state that doesn’t start with “Tex” and end with “as.”
    That spells Texas.
    Sure, there are 49 other states in the Union, but they are smaller, wussier, and the people talk funny.
    Yankee wussies.
    So crack open a nice cold Bud Light, oh lover of the Lone Star state. Because all that flag waving must have made you thirsty.

  21. hawkeye79 says: Jun 30, 2010 11:19 PM

    CleanSlaton clearly has really got under the skin of a lot of Iowa fans. Aside from the weather in each state . . . Texas undeniably big, wealthy and prouds and the UT is a great public university though much better for graduate study. In my humble opinion, Iowa has some fine programs as well that are nationally recognized, and both schools represent great tradition. On a minor point, Iowa has long attracted large numbers of out of state students, not just athletes, whether they stick around after graduation or not, there are 30% or more of out of staters annually at the UI, many from neighboring Midwestern states who cannot stomach the thought of attending Mizzou, Illinois, Ohio State or Minnesota, thought they are “bigger” schools. . . just a fact, you can look it up CleanSlaton. And a few out of state football players have proved to be pretty good . . . In addition to Clayborn and others on the current team, we have been graced by the presence in Kinnick of a few noteworthy players who went slumming in Iowa City, like Andre Tippett (NJ), Bobby Stoops (Ohio), Ronnie Harmon (NY), Chuck Long (Illinois), Larry Station (Nebraska), Sedrick Shaw (Texas!), Matt Rogers (Massachusetts), Shonn Greene (NJ), Fred Russell (Michigan), Bobby Sanders (Pennsylvania) . . . I could go on . . . but even you must get the point by now . . .

  22. Hawkeye7248 says: Jul 1, 2010 2:24 AM

    The subject is football and not just past records, but the future. If you are selling real estate, then the living environment is the subject. We are talking playing football.
    It is even a greater achievement to take 3-4 star players and teach them how to work hard, develop skills, and focus to work as a team.
    Adrian Clayborn’s comment will be taken out of context and used to get attention. For him Iowa is his school. Ask any other school’s football player what school is in his thoughts. The loyal ones will have the same answer, just change the name.
    In his defense, he knows how hard this season will be. He is more humble than arrogant. Texas, USC, Alabama all have pride in past achievements. Each game must still be played. This type of statement was not the best and will motivate the Cyclones as it should. It will be a hard fought game, they all will be this year.

  23. Hawkeye7248 says: Jul 1, 2010 2:43 AM

    Iowa owes much to a great Texan, Hayden Fry, who helped rejuvenate the football program after the Evashevski era and its aftermath. We also owe much to Bump Elliott, the Marine Corps that helped galvanize the values that the current staff embody.
    Greatness is not owned by anyone, but how to achieve it is not chosen by everyone. Games are played to see who has made the choice and taken the journey.

  24. klamath632 says: Jul 1, 2010 8:27 AM

    Cleanslaton is obviously from Houston, which explains why he’s such a sourpuss. I’d be pissed off at the world if I had to live in that crappy town too.

  25. gbax79 says: Jul 1, 2010 11:07 AM

    @Clean Slaton
    The only thing from Texas is steers & queers
    And I don’t think steers can type
    Maybe you’re still pissed over that ’06 Alamo Bowl when we invaded your state & one of our “big fish in a small pond” named Andy Brodell torched your secondary like a bunch of juco transfers. Maybe if our native Texan QB Drew Tate was a little better under pressure we’d have pulled off that last drive…
    Were you one of the guys in boots & khakis that wanted to fight my wife after the game?
    Keep it classy Tex & we’ll keep rooting for A&M…at least they show some class.
    And don’t worry, we’ll keep whipping the nation’s ass in wrestling, too.

  26. gbax79 says: Jul 1, 2010 11:55 AM

    Husk3erpow3er, bring it on baby. The only thing intimidating about Jack Trice is the wind blowing through that empty stadium…you better pack a lunch for Kinnick. We’ll see who’s squaking after your first visit to Iowa City. And I don’t know if I’d throw around “sorry excuse for a team” too much…you guys aren’t exactly beating expectations the last few years.

  27. wrath4771 says: Jul 3, 2010 12:17 PM

    Ahhh Texas, one of the best college programs money can buy. Texas plays one game a year – Oklahoma – and a bunch of teams that would struggle to beat Iowa. Top to bottom I’ll take the Big 10 over the Big 12 any day. Sure there is Oklahoma and Texas, but after that the conference drops hard.

  28. Trebmal says: Jul 12, 2010 12:08 PM

    Only team in Iowa..ha ha… Remember the UNI game? That just doesn’t happen.. Lucky! University of Iowa is living in a dream world! What will be the reponse when Iowa gets knocked off by the Macc or sub tier team. Refs, Norms too old, or Stanzi worthless I can here them all now….
    Just remember all you wanna be’s from Hawkeye land beat a good team in regular season. Just because you beat Penn State doesn’t mean your going to Pasadena.
    Respect who your playin’ today, not who gave you one yesterday!

  29. Trebmal says: Jul 12, 2010 12:29 PM

    OOOH BTW One who makes comments like the One hit Wonder {Clayborne} tend not to back it up on the playing field.. Not wishing harm on anyone.. He’ll probably get hurt early and be blamed for the crappy season they will have…. Stay well, and don’t spend all the 4th round money yet, big fella……

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