Solem, who had received assurances from Big Ten Commissioner Griffith
that it was all right to allow athletes to sign notes for their tuition,
told his players to go home when university officials reneged on the plan.
Only a last-minute door-to-door effort by members of the athletic board
raised enough money to keep the team in school.
“It was an experience,” Solem recalled later. “I’ve
never seen such double-crossing.”
To defuse the rabid enthusiasm of fans prior to Iowa’s Homecoming
game in 1935, the governors of Iowa and Minnesota agreed to add some levity
to the contest. The victor would take home Floyd of Rosedale, brother
of the famous Blue Boy in the movie State Fair. Though Iowa lost
the game 13-6 and the prize Iowa hog headed north, a longstanding football
rivalry would soon be cast in bronze and an autumn tradition begun—the
battle for Floyd.