When Iowa plays USC in the Holiday Bowl this Friday, we'll notice something different about their uniforms.

The famous tiger hawk logo that has been the mark of the Hawkeyes since 1979 is being removed from both sides of the helmets. You may wonder exactly how this honors late coach Hayden Fry since he helped design the logo.

Coach Kirk Ferentz said it was discussed with his family and was decided this was the best way to pay tribute to his legacy. There will also be a commemorative patch on the uniforms of the team next season for Fry, who died on December 17. The helmets will also include a special marking on the back in honor of late Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott, who also passed away early this month.

On November 2, 1991, the program did the same tribute to the victims of a mass shooting on the University of Iowa campus. Later, at the 1996 Alamo Bowl, they were removed again out of respect for the late Diane Mitchell, who was the mother of then-linebacker Mark Mitchell and was killed in a car crash.

The Holiday Bowl game airs on FS1 this Friday, December 27 at 7 p.m.

[Via KCRG]


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