FWIW I am a SEP alum and know a few guys that played with them who have echoed this. No uncle intel though (sorry folks). As an aside it's pretty impressive what Coach Zelenovich has built there. That coaching staff was pretty awful when I played.
@Fryowa the family element is a huge one as well. Iowa City being a straight shot down I-80 is a substantial part of the calculus here.
This is what I was going to mention and why I think the Hawks have a good chance. This plays a big role in the decision, IMO.