Letter to the editor: The irony of Iowa’s season opener loss

Head Coach Kirk Ferentz discusses allegations of racial inequality and abuse in the Iowa Hawkeye football program, July 30, 2020. — video still

By Mike Fallon, Iowa City

Despite the gargantuan and grossly expensive effort to resuscitate college football, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes lost their season opener. Losing a season opener, in the midst of the swirl of chaos, litigation and stresses of moral incertitude, is a fine example of irony. Recall that one definition of irony is “a literary technique by which the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience although unknown to the character(s).” Many people are aware of the irony in watching supernumerary coaches and staff attempt to win a high stakes football game while former Iowa football players threaten a lawsuit demanding $20 million and the firing of Gary Barta, Kirk and Brian Ferentz.

And, let’s not forget that Chris Doyle, UI strength and conditioning coach, was removed from his position after receiving a $1.1 million settlement. It’s not a stretch to write that many people probably think Chris Doyle did nothing wrong and that $1.1 million in hush money was inadequate. This despite the fact that 19 former players used social media and other means to call out racist or belittling comments they say Doyle made in his 21-year career at Iowa. Another fine example of irony lost to some deaf ears.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »




Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.