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Release: November 18, 2002

President Boyd congratulates Hawkeyes on undefeated Big Ten season

University of Iowa Interim President Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd has issued a congratulatory message to Hawkeye football coach Kirk Ferentz, his coaching staff, and the members of the Hawkeye football team following the completion of an unbeaten Big Ten Conference season. The message is as follows:

"The University of Iowa takes enormous pride in the spectacular season of the 2002 Hawkeye football team. I take particular pride in their undefeated season in the Big Ten. Winning the Big Ten title is an achievement I have prized since growing up on the Minnesota campus. I am very pleased that the team clinched at least a share of the title in Minneapolis.

"Iowa's membership in the Big Ten Conference has been defining for the entire University as the nation's premier public universities are members, and we regularly associate and compare ourselves with them academically as well as athletically.

"I want to salute the outstanding leadership of Coach Ferentz and his coaching staff as well as the exceptional student athletes who won the games. All of us look forward to seeing them win once more in a Bowl game."