Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Last night American sports fans celebrated the 50th year of the Super Bowl, but at Iowa State we’re in the midst of celebrating a sports tradition that dates back doubly far: Cyclone wrestling, which is competing for the 100th season in 2015-2016. The Cyclones, who have won two in a row heading into this weekend’s Valentine’s Day matchup with West Virginia, will celebrate their current seniors, as well as 100 years of tradition, at Sunday’s 2 p.m. meet in Hilton Coliseum. It’s one not to miss.
2) Tomorrow is Iowa State Day at the Capitol. The free event in the Iowa State Capitol Rotunda will give the public, as well as Iowa leaders and legislators, the opportunity to learn more about the impact our land-grand university makes in the state. (Cy will be available for photos, too.) Stop by between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and celebrate the Cyclone State.
3) Thursday night in the Memorial Union Sun Room, you can attend the rescheduled (from Jan. 25) Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote address by Wes Moore. Moore is a combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow and the author of two books: “The Other Wes Moore” and “The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters.”
4) On Friday, our ISUAA staff celebrated Super Bowl Weekend with a “Souper Bowl lunch” featuring chili, potato soup, and vegetable soup — with all the fixings, of course. Looking for some new soup recipes to get you from Souper Bowl Sunday to the end of winter-slash-cold-and-flu-season? (After all, there’s another blizzard going on and another virus going around today in Iowa). Check out the ISU Extension & Outreach “Spent Smart. Eat Smart.” website and get, among other soup recipes, the experts’ chicken noodle recommendation.
5) The Iowa State men’s basketball team scored a critical win on Saturday at Oklahoma State — without the services of 6-foot-9 senior forward Jameel McKay, a key cog on the squad who was suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm going into the contest for undisclosed reasons.
“I didn’t come here just to coach this team this year,” Prohm told reporters after Saturday’s game. “I came here to run a program. I came here to continue to build on what’s been done the last four or five years. There’s things I want done. I want things done the right way. Jameel and I will communicate on Monday, and then we’ll revisit the situation.
“I want things a certain way, and that’s the way it needs to be in every area. It’s not just about this year. I want Georges Niang, Monte Morris, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader to come back in three years and be damn proud of the Iowa State basketball program. That’s why I have to make the decisions I make.”
For his part, McKay took to Twitter and Instagram Sunday to express what appears to be some contrition:
Today’s the day Prohm and McKay are expected to meet to discuss the situation, and here’s hoping the Cyclones can finish the season on a positive note — with all team members on board. Stay tuned.