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B1G approves Black Friday Iowa-Nebraska game

Rex Burkhead AP

Fear not, fans of a recently-minted tradition; the Iowa-Nebraska game will be back on Black Friday.

Following lobbying from both schools over the past month, the Big Ten Tuesday approved moving this year’s game back to Friday, Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving.  When the conference released its future schedules, the game had been scheduled for Sat., Nov. 30.

Not only was this year’s game moved to Black Friday, the 2014 game was as well.  The release went on to state that the game, officially dubbed the “Hy-Vee Heroes Game,” will continue to be played the day after Thanksgiving beyond 2014.

“We’re excited about playing our annual football game with Nebraska on the Friday after Thanksgiving for a number of reasons,” said Gary Barta, Iowa’s athletic director.  “This provides the student-athletes who have already lost the opportunity to spend the holiday at home with their families two days away from football.  In addition, the Friday television window provides great exposure for our program.  We greatly appreciate the adjustments in schedules that our fans, and those who help us stage the game in Iowa City every other year, will have to make.”

The two schools have played on Black Friday each of the past two seasons, coinciding with Nebraska’s move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten.  The Cornhuskers have won both games against the Hawkeyes.

The 2012 game, a 13-7 NU win, was the 23rd consecutive year the ‘Huskers had played on Black Friday.

“Playing on the day after Thanksgiving is a great Nebraska football tradition that we look forward to continuing,” Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst said.

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8 Responses to “B1G approves Black Friday Iowa-Nebraska game”
  1. normtide says: Feb 26, 2013 6:38 PM

    Good job, all traditions start somewhere. And regardless of its league reputation of late, conference games in the B1G are usually damn good games.

  2. arizonahusker says: Feb 26, 2013 7:33 PM

    Good for both schools.

    So far the two games have played in front of a large TV audience.

  3. bertenheim says: Feb 26, 2013 8:26 PM

    No one without a media obligation will ever refer to this game by that idiotic moniker.

  4. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 26, 2013 10:26 PM

    Great, now America’s most overpaid coach/individual can lose on Fridays and Saturdays.

  5. mcqphx says: Feb 27, 2013 8:02 AM

    All about $

  6. poison66 says: Feb 27, 2013 10:10 AM

    Two crappy teams going at it…..no thanks. I will look for another game..

  7. bertenheim says: Feb 27, 2013 11:35 AM

    Whatever the quality of Iowa and NU, watching the game is better than spending Black Friday at Walmart or the mall.

  8. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Mar 1, 2013 7:03 AM

    After reading this story I am suddenly hungry for corn.

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