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UPDATE: Hawkeyes will use sweepstakes to sell tickets and avoid Iowa law


The Iowa Hawkeyes are doing everything in their power to get students to go to home games. The athletic department is even trying to find ways to skirt laws in the state of Iowa to do so.

Last week, the Hawkeyes proposed an opportunity for students to win free tuition. The students had to buy season tickets, and they would be entered into a raffle to potentially win the prize.

Two days after the program was offered, it was suspended due to questions over whether it was legal or not. In the state of Iowa, it’s illegal to gamble by using credit. Since the bulk of the purchases were made online, the school refunded the tickets bought through the program.

Iowa won’t be deterred, though.

The option the school is now considering is to turn the promotion into a sweepstakes instead of a raffle.

“The sweepstakes option is a possibility that we’re waiting on feedback from the Johnson County attorney,” Rick Klatt, a Hawkeye associate athletic director of external relations, told The Daily Iowan.

The Hawkeyes still have over 3,000 season tickets for students available. These tickets range from $175 to $140. The varying prices and whether or not the person needs to be present to be awarded the prize also became issues.

If Iowa’s athletic departments finds a way to enact the sweepstakes, it’s a tremendous opportunity for students to potentially save thousands of dollars they might have to pay back in the future.

Here’s a piece of advice for those students at Iowa considering this option — buy the tickets and hope for the best.

UPDATED (8:01 PM EST): The Johnson County attorney approved Iowa’s revised tuition give-away program, according to a statement released by the school.

“We are pleased the Johnson County Attorney and the Office of the Attorney General have approved our revised plan,” said Rick Klatt, Iowa’s associate athletics director for external relations.

Five students that participate in the program will be chosen at random and awarded $8,000 to be used for their tuition or educational expenses in the fall or the following spring.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.