Iowa State and Iowa announced that a contract extension has been signed to continue the series through 2021.
The state's annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series clash on the gridiron is here to stay. School officials from both Iowa State and Iowa announced Wednesday that a contract extension has been signed to continue the football series through 2021.
"We are excited to extend our contract with the University of Iowa in football through the 2021 season," Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard said. "This game is very important to the residents of this state and I am pleased both institutions are committed to continuing the rivalry. Rivalry games are great for college football."
"We are pleased to have the contract extended through the 2021 season," said Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta. "In-state rivalries are an exciting part of college athletics, and you can feel a different energy across the state during the week of the Hawkeye-Cyclone matchup."
The four-year extension begins in 2018 after the current contract expires in 2017. Iowa State will travel to Kinnick Stadium in 2018 and 2020 and will play host to the in-state rivalry in Jack Trice Stadium in 2019 and 2021.
The series was resumed annually in 1977 after a 43-year hiatus. Iowa holds a 40-21 advantage in the series. Since 1998, Iowa State has a 9-7 edge.
Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads has watched the rivalry grow through the years as a fan and coach. He understands the importance of maintaining the series for the state of Iowa.
"The Iowa State-Iowa rivalry is ingrained in this state," Rhoads said. "It's healthy for the state of Iowa, it's healthy for both universities and we look forward to playing it every year."
"The annual contest with Iowa State is anticipated each year by fans of both programs," said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. "With the changing of the conference schedules, we are happy this series will be continued without interruption."
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