More register buyouts. drake got $300,000 for isu game. beating patsies earned ferentz $500,000 bonus in 2018. cityview

There’s no reason for a small college to offer itself up as a sacrifice to the football gods in Ames or Iowa City or Lincoln or Madison, of course, except for money. Without big television contracts, most small colleges lose money on athletics — UNI supplements its athletic budget with about $4.5 million from funds generated by tuition or state appropriations. So athletic directors are more than willing to send their teams to slaughter for a price.

In the 2018 season, for instance, the University of Iowa paid Northern Illinois $1 million to come to Iowa City for the opener on Sept. 1 and paid UNI $600,000 for a game two weeks later.

Iowa won both games, and those victories plus a win over the third non-conference opponent — Iowa State â€” helped the Hawkeyes finish with an 8-4 record. Those three victories allowed Coach Kirk Ferentz to get an eight-win bonus of $500,000.

The Drake-Iowa State deal was a last-minute Hail Mary by Iowa State. Its Sept. 1 opener against South Dakota State was canceled because of the weather, so it scheduled a Dec. 1 game against the University of the Incarnate Word, a school in San Antonio that plays in the Southland Conference. But Incarnate Word had an out. It could cancel the deal if it got into the playoffs of its NCAA subdivision, and it did.

Iowa State was left scrambling, and it called on Drake. The teams played annually from 1900 to 1965, but they hadn’t played since 1985. Everyone expected a blowout. The oddsmakers had Iowa State by 42 points. But Drake showed up to play, not just to cash in, and the Bulldogs led late in the third quarter. Iowa State came back to win, 27 to 24, but Drake went home with its pride.

Among those leaving is Kathy Bolten, who joined the paper as a part-timer in 1978 and signed on full time in 1980. She has been an editor and reporter and currently covers education. Political reporter Bill Petroski also is leaving. Patt Johnson, who covers the openings and closings of stores and seems to have a byline or two every day, is going, along with writer Mike Kilen, photographer Rodney White and sports reporter John Naughton. Earlier, CITYVIEW noted that artist Mark Marturello also is leaving.

Petroski, 67, joined the paper in 1981. “I’ll genuinely miss the place,” he said, and despite the cutbacks of recent years he says he still tells “young people this is a great place to come and work and have fun while you are learning a lot about journalism.” He notes that two of his former colleagues now cover the White House — Jeff Zeleny for CNN and Jennifer Jacobs for Bloomberg News.

The Nyemaster law firm, which recently took over the job of defending the state against the bias and defamation claims of former Workers Compensation director Chris Godfrey, has submitted its first bill to the state: $196,397.36. That’s on top of the $1 million the state had paid the LaMarca firm, which recently resigned from the seven-year-old case when lawyer George LaMarca decided to retire. The case has yet to go to trial. …

While millions and millions of dollars were spent on the gubernatorial election, with at least one statehouse seat —Democrat Kristin Sunde’s ouster of Pete Cownie — costing more than $1.2 million, State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald was elected to a ninth term by spending less than $50,000. He beat Republican Jeremy Davis with 55 percent of the vote.

He could be stubborn — a friend wanted to make that clear — but the stubbornness was in pursuit of excellence, an excellence that could be costly for a client and not necessarily noticeable to the unpracticed eye. To him, every detail had a purpose. Notice the curved wood features in a large room hidden away in an old Tudor home — they match the curves of an old rolltop desk that was a centerpiece in the room. The devotion to detail was remarkable.

He started as a police reporter, working out of an office at the police station from late afternoon until around 2 in the morning, chronicling the petty and the significant for Register readers. The police beat “taught you check, check, check,” he told an interviewer in 2002. “You learned all the gritty things that reporters need, and you just absolutely became a really strong reporter on the basics.”

He uncovered — and then covered, for three years — an awful dispute between the Amish and the state, which insisted that Amish children go to public schools rather than the sect’s one-room schoolhouses. He covered tragedies and celebrations, stories of joy and stories of sadness. Wherever there was news, there was Raff. He was always there. In those days, the Register was a statewide newspaper, and — from the news gathering aspect — he was the “statewide” in that definition.

In the newsroom, he had a kind heart and a booming laugh. He was a great story-teller, often making himself the butt of those stories. And he had a great sense of logistics. Over his career, he managed to arrive at almost each of Iowa’s 101 county courthouses — or all of them, some say — at precisely the moment he was in need of a men’s-room stall, a feat that became newsroom lore and that he alluded to in a 1985 article urging state senator George Kinley not to move ahead with his bill to abolish two-thirds of Iowa’s courthouses.