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    Ames vs. Iowa City

    Someone help me out--why is Ames considered such a worse destination than Iowa City? The rest of the nation talks about ISU in general and Ames in specific as a difficult sell for great coaches to stay long term (they MUST be thinking stepping stone in ISU). Why don't we hear the same things about UI?

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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$



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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    I think with the Fan turnout, donor numbers, and city popullation, and school tradition, IC out scores Ames big time.

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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    It's pretty easy... Iowa City is a lot more developed than Ames. I went to high school in IC, so I can easily tell you that it was a step down moving from there to here for school.

    The only thing that ISU has that Iowa doesn't is a beautiful campus, which is ultimately why I chose ISU over Iowa. Unfortunately, coaches that come here don't live on campus.


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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    It's not a worse destination, it's a more challenging destination. This is because of the things that have been accomplished in Iowa City that haven't yet in Ames, but also because of differences between the two conferences and the two schools' locations geographically within those conferences.


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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonekj View Post
    It's not a worse destination, it's a more challenging destination. This is because of the things that have been accomplished in Iowa City that haven't yet in Ames, but also because of differences between the two conferences and the two schools' locations geographically within those conferences.
    That's something I forgot to mention -- there's a ton of potential for Ames to become comparable to Iowa City, it's just that we're a couple of steps behind. I keep hearing about the mall that no one wants built, which is a shame because I think the Coralridge Mall single handedly boosted the Iowa City area's population.


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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    You have to look at it in terms of the conference you are in. Iowa City is still right in the base market of the Big 10. Ames is the furthest North team of any Big XII school and we are right in mix of Big 10 country. I would think that is really the difference they are talking about. Geographically, there isn't much difference. Yeah, Iowa City may have more hills, maybe be more developed? but, in the end it's where you are relative to your conference and recruiting base. I'd say Minnesota may here similar things about their location relative to the rest of the Big 10.



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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    What other things set us apart Airwalke?


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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    Iowa City is also known as a more liberal community whereas Ames is fairly conservative for a college environment.

    I agree with cyclonekj though...it is harder to sell an athletic department that has fewer traditions and overall accomplishments.


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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    i might head to IA city for the game dec 8...guess i'll know more then. I for one love ames. Been here since i was 2. I spent last summer in miami and two summers ago living in the mountains yet both summers I still missed ames and the cyclone community even more!


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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    What other things set us apart Airwalke?
    I guess another thing would be the fact that downtown and the Iowa campus are literally attached at the hip. I think ISU could still have a great campus and still have downtown right next door, but it hurts that it's so far away in terms of walking distance.


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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    One of the best medical colleges in the nation ==== big $$$$$$

    not too say Ames doesnt have anything, because it does with the one of the best Vet schools and the agriculturial centers...but Iowa City has long been known as one of the best Medical colleges in the US.

    There is always the talk about more bars and better social scene in Iowa City also, but that doesnt really matter now with IC changing the age limit to get in. And the fact that half of Iowa City residents that are downtown are homeless.



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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    Good medical school not one of the best, if you want one of the best in the country you would have to travel from IC down to St. Louis.



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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    Quote Originally Posted by AirWalke View Post
    It's pretty easy... Iowa City is a lot more developed than Ames. I went to high school in IC, so I can easily tell you that it was a step down moving from there to here for school.

    The only thing that ISU has that Iowa doesn't is a beautiful campus, which is ultimately why I chose ISU over Iowa. Unfortunately, coaches that come here don't live on campus.
    Hmmm. Good first hand observations. I'd pretty much heard the opposite--that IC is a lousy place to live but that's probably from people like myself that think Ames is Mecca.


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    Re: Ames vs. Iowa City

    Quote Originally Posted by jtdoyle1 View Post
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Could you expand on that answer?

    (and I don't mean $$$$$$$$$$$$$$)


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