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Not a bad deal for PD. Enroll for the spring semester, go to practice & compete, then drop out after NCAA. Probably won't even have mid-term grades back prior to NCAAs. Does he even have to go to class?

 

 

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I recall being told a story by a former D1 head coach about how in the late 80s they would submit class withdrawal paperwork for students from the NCAA tournament the second a kid was eliminated. Apparently at the time, the spring semester withdrawal period ended the same week as the national tournament.

 

The kids had to be enrolled in all the classes to be eligible to compete. However, they didn't have to earn credit in all the classes to make progress toward graduation and be eligible the next semester. So when they were eliminated from the tournament they would withdrawal from any class that they weren't doing well in and it would save their GPA and allow them to be eligible for the next year.

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Not a huge fan of this move but hopefully it works out for both parties. Downey still has coursework to complete at ISU so him making it to campus is not a guarantee. I would be interested to see the 'restrictions' placed on him by Tom. I have noticed his snapchat has toned it down a notch since his visit to Iowa.

 

If he gets his head on straight he will be a tremendous asset to the room. Pretty monstrous 'if' though.

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My only question is what is the upside? Give PDIII a chance at a national championship? This move doesn't help him get his degree because he should have it before ever enrolling at Iowa. If his aspiration is FS wrestling shouldn't he just go to a training center while finishing his undergrad and train? From the Iowa perspective does PDIII give them a better chance of beating PSU, tOSU, or OSU all of whom I would think are ahead of them?

 

As I said earlier I hope it goes well for PDIII, but I just don't understand the benefit.

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Wild how the the three biggest topics of this offseason were PD3 competing next year, Suriano transfer and McKenna transfer. And the topic that seems to be most likely to happen at this point is PD3 transfer and competing again. My prediction is he competes for Iowa and places top 3.

 

 

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My only question is what is the upside? Give PDIII a chance at a national championship? This move doesn't help him get his degree because he should have it before ever enrolling at Iowa. If his aspiration is FS wrestling shouldn't he just go to a training center while finishing his undergrad and train? From the Iowa perspective does PDIII give them a better chance of beating PSU, tOSU, or OSU all of whom I would think are ahead of them?

 

As I said earlier I hope it goes well for PDIII, but I just don't understand the benefit.

 

Maybe Terry (who has been pushing for this from what I am told) thinks he can change him or help him? People have always said Terry is the stubborn one. Also, it sounds like Downey is going to be a walk on so its not like they are giving him big bucks to essentially be a mercenary.

 

As far as Downey's aspirations maybe he wants one last season of folkstyle to prove the 'haters' wrong. I think Moore is a solid favorite but don't see anyone else beating a focused (lol) Downey. And Downey is probably the most dangerous thrower in the 197 field so its not entirely out of the realm Pat could toss him.

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What's next, they detail trying to get Charlie Manson out of Jail to help coach? Maybe bring in Ted Bundy for pep talks?

 

A sad day for Iowa bringing in a cancer like this.

 

Every day you post on here is a sad day. 

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My only question is what is the upside? Give PDIII a chance at a national championship? This move doesn't help him get his degree because he should have it before ever enrolling at Iowa. If his aspiration is FS wrestling shouldn't he just go to a training center while finishing his undergrad and train? From the Iowa perspective does PDIII give them a better chance of beating PSU, tOSU, or OSU all of whom I would think are ahead of them?

 

As I said earlier I hope it goes well for PDIII, but I just don't understand the benefit.

This really is an upside all for Downey and relative low risk-high reward for Iowa since they would have him for a short time. Downey appears to be driven to win an NCAA title and as a result and the restrictions placed on him to try and attain that goal, it's forcing him to get his butt in gear school wise and get his undergrad completed first. Say what you want about him or his dad(I'm not the biggest fans of their actions or their posts online) but it would be good to see the kid ultimately get his degree at least.

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This really is an upside all for Downey and relative low risk-high reward for Iowa since they would have him for a short time. Downey appears to be driven to win an NCAA title and as a result and the restrictions placed on him to try and attain that goal, it's forcing him to get his butt in gear school wise and get his undergrad completed first. Say what you want about him or his dad(I'm not the biggest fans of their actions or their posts online) but it would be good to see the kid ultimately get his degree at least.

I agree with this. I just really think that the Brands brothers are good at straightening kids out that have fallen off the right path a bit.

 

 

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I'm pretty sure he has already graduated.  Otherwise he would have had to sit out a year, right?

 

He needs a couple more online classes to graduate which he is taking fall semester. When he graduates at semester he will have to enroll in grad school at Iowa (not necessarily cheap) and is supposedly eligible immediately. 

 

Which begs the question as to why don't more wrestlers do this? 

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He needs a couple more online classes to graduate which he is taking fall semester. When he graduates at semester he will have to enroll in grad school at Iowa (not necessarily cheap) and is supposedly eligible immediately. 

 

Which begs the question as to why don't more wrestlers do this?

I think we see something like 30% attrition by year in college wrestling. Very few athletes make it through for four years (let alone five or a graduate transfer). Of course, we don't notice because the only athletes that are followed, for the most part, are the national contenders.

 

We have seen it happen in wrestling. But even in Basketball and Football it isn't too common and there are many more teams and athletes.

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If anyone is looking for a new least favorite team, Iowa should have sprinted into the lead here.

 

Not really.  Iowa cant lose in my opinion.  If Downey doesn't conform, then get rid of him.  This validates to some extent.  If Downey conforms, then see the power of the Brands Bros?  Plus they get a real good wrestler.  Good if you ask me.  Personally. I wouldn't want him tainting the attitudes of other wrestlers, but perhaps the Brands have a very short leash.  

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