The Iowa Hawkeyes will ring in the new year in Tampa, Florida. On December 7th, the Outback Bowl invited the Hawkeyes to play in the New Year’s Day bowl game. They’ll compete against South Carolina, who finished 7-5 on the year.
TV9’s John Campbell and Matt Nelson are there, bringing you the latest from Tampa.
John has been covering Iowa postseason games since Hayden Fry (with John at left) took the Hawks to the 1982 Rose Bowl. That year he arrived at the stadium 5 hours before kickoff. A fact his wife and children have not let him forget.
Besides the three Rose Bowls, John has also covered Peach Bowls, Holiday Bowls, the Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Sun Bowl, Orange Bowl and Cap One Bowl.
At the 1982 Peach Bowl in Atlanta, John did the first ever, live satellite report on TV9.
In 2002 after Iowa clinched the Big Ten championship John immediately got his wife plane tickets to southern California for the Rose Bowl. A few days later, Iowa received an invitation to the Orange Bowl. That meant John was in Miami on New years and his wife was in California. A family “classic.”
This year it is all work with hopes of another thrilling finish like the Cap One Bowl.
John and Matt Nelson have teamed up to cover many other events like the NFL Draft, the Big Ten Basketball Tournament and RAGBRAI.
Joining John Campbell in Tampa for TV9’s coverage of the 2009 Outback Bowl is Iowa City Photographer Matt Nelson. A native Iowan, Matt has worked for KCRG since 2003. While he spends most of his time behind the camera, he has been known to make on-air appearances on Friday Night Lights. His work has been recognized by state, regional, and national media organizations more than thirty times.
While nobody has the experience covering the Hawkeyes like John Campbell, Matt’s no stranger to Iowa Football. The 2009 Outback Bowl will be the 50th Hawkeye Football game he has covered for TV9 and his third bowl game (2005 Capitol One/2006 Alamo).
Matt lives in Coralville with his wife (who is generously allowing him to cut short their Christmas vacation) and their hyperactive dog.