Posted by Adam Jacobi
The voice of football fans in the state of Iowa has been heard, and as a result, the new Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Trophy (seen at right) is no more. Four days after the trophy's unveiling -- to nearly universal derision -- officials from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and Iowa Corn held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that the trophy will not be used for the Iowa-ISU game on September 10 or any games thereafter.
The officials announced that future ideas for the trophy would be solicited from the public, and that the public would be part of the selection process as well. That's obviously a lengthy process -- not one that can be expected to be fully implemented in the 18 days between today's press conference and the September 10 game. At the same time, fans don't want the trophy on the sidelines even once, and this current trophy is clearly not an option.
The solution: an interim trophy, to be used once in next month's game while the permanent trophy is being made. Yes, an interim rivalry trophy. This is what college football has come to, we suppose.
As for the design of the new permanent trophy, we'll reiterate our support for a giant, half-open ear of corn where it's a football on the inside of a husk. Footballs pretending to be food are always entertaining. It's scientific fact.