I'm not 100% convinced KF would still be in charge in 2022 if 2015 hadn't happened.
That one season changed the dynamic for several years. It's different now. Kirk has an even more firm grip with the donors, if that's even possible.
I'm not complaining about it, btw.
2015 was a magical year for me regardless of MSU and Stanford. My son was just a little shaver that year and I took him to his very first game against Maryland. Paid out the ass for 1st row tickets at the north 40, home side. Hawks beat the holy shit out of the turtles and Desmond King ran that pick 6 back right in front of us. My kid went from casually watching football with me once in a while on TV to a totally rabid Hawkeye fan in the space of about 4 hours. It was fucking magic for me as a parent.
Since that one game he's never missed a single one whether live or on TV.
Tevaun Smith took his picture with my kid right after an offensive series and there were tons of Hawks playing who are still playing today...Beathard, Josey Jewell, Jaleel Johnson, Desmond King, George Kittle, Austin Blythe, James Daniels, Ike Boettger. Derrick Mitchell scored what would be his second to last TD that game.
My best day in 42 years so far.
I think about that game anytime I feel myself start to get cynical about Hawkeye football.