LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)58-year-old Jay Niemann was brought in to Iowa earlier this year as the new assistant defensive line coach and defensive recruiting coordinator. Now a few months into the job, it seems he’s enjoying some success in the latter role.In an interview with Hawk Central, Niemann decided to share the story he tells parents of potential recruits. He revealed that he could have sent his two sons to any school, but they chose Iowa “because of how we felt as a family to send them here.”Niemann’s sons committed to the Hawkeyes before he joined the staff.“I can walk into any home … and I can tell any parent and look them straight in the eye… and tell them, ‘I had opportunities for my sons to go to several different programs. And they chose to go to Iowa because of how we felt as a family to send them here.’”The decision to send his eldest son Ben Niemann certainly seems to have paid off. He played four seasons at Iowa before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. Niemann’s younger son Nick is currently a linebacker at the school.The Hawkeyes recruiting coordinator replaced longtime coach Reese Morgan and also took up the role of coordinating recruiting efforts in one of the larger regions of the state of Iowa.Niemann’s efforts have already born some fruit as the team successfully recruited No. 2 in-state player Connor Colby last month.Per 247Sports, Iowa is currently trending for four of the top six uncommitted in-state recruits.Apparently Niemann’s story is very effective.[Hawk Central]
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is to have a key meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena this afternoon.SLFP sources told the Colombo Gazette that opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayanth will take part in the discussions. Sirisena had already announced that nominations will be given to the former President but there is pressure on him to reverse that decision. Well informed sources said that the SLFP and the UPFA will urge the President to give Rajapaksa nominations as promised as failure to do so could result in a split in the UPFA. (Colombo Gazette) Sources said that at the meeting a decision is likely to be taken with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.