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Bryce Miller: Same location, much different feeling

[ 0 ] April 12, 2014

To understand how long ago Iowa football’s last spring football practice at Valley Stadium felt, you’d need lab coats and carbon dating. The days were separated by a single year on the calendar, but enough mental and emotional distance to make April 2013 seem like a hazy, barely visible afterthought. A year ago, Iowa practiced […]

Iowa’s Bluder: From $2,500 salary to hall of fame-caliber career

[ 0 ] March 22, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – It’s the pause that Jan Jensen remembers — one of those moments when time seems suspended, frozen without warning, leaving a person suddenly unprepared for what’s going to happen next. He did … what? The thought raced through the head of Jensen, a first-year assistant coach for the Drake women’s basketball […]

Bryce Miller: Why Wednesday’s Tennessee tempo may not be to Hawkeyes’ liking

[ 0 ] March 16, 2014

The moment Selection Sunday reveals the included and excluded for the NCAA Tournament, it’s an exercise in Mach 1, March reactions. What about this seed? What about that matchup? This team’s a sleeper. That one’s a fraud. So what does that gray matter spilling out between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers signal about the fast-approaching […]

Bryce Miller: March matters again in this state, and that’s reason to celebrate

[ 0 ] March 15, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s an intoxicating mix of state pride, work avoidance, bracket-related wrist injuries, Jim Nantz, vasectomy-procedure ads and impulsive big-screen television sales. It’s caring yourself crazy about the home team, but also your new love — triple-secret, pool-eviscerating Cinderella pick Foghorn Leghorn State. In the world of college basketball’s NCAA Tournament, the […]

K-State coach gets facts wrong and is bad at math in jab at Hawkeyes

[ 0 ] March 13, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas State coach Bruce Weber used Iowa, of all teams, as an example of what he said is lacking respect for the Big 12 Conference. The problem: Weber misfired on both of his facts. In the postgame press conference after Iowa State beat the Wildcats, 91-85, Weber was asked about the […]

Bryce Miller: Now is the time to truly cheer for McCaffery

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014

Life can render sports emotionally irrelevant and, in moments like Tuesday night, almost misguided. When the news was revealed that the nearly 14-year-old son of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery will have a mass removed from his thyroid, it made the streak of five losses in six games vanish in the wake of what […]

Bryce Miller: Fran McCaffery, on-court anger get national attention

[ 0 ] March 7, 2014

As America’s college basketball fan base awoke this morning, it caught glimpses of Iowa’s basketball program — on televisions, laptop screens and the sports page of the nation’s largest newspaper. None of what they saw was good. Forget the result of Iowa’s 86-76 loss at Michigan State, one of the toughest places in the country to […]

Bryce Miller: Banged-up Spartans tough as nails with game at stake

[ 0 ] January 28, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – As Jess Settles walked through the Carver-Hawkeye Arena tunnel moments after Michigan State defied logic and basic math to stop Iowa, he simply shook his head. The Spartans, dinged up like a stock car swapping paint with lapped traffic all race long, found a way to do it again. No Adreian […]

Bryce Miller: Fran McCaffery’s inner fire inspires, but Sunday’s outburst roasted Iowa

[ 0 ] January 5, 2014

MADISON, Wis. – This was no slow burn. This was full eruption, in finger-flailing, spit-flying, suit-jeopardizing glory. Shortly after the Big Ten Network cameras drifted to commercial about eight minutes into the second half Sunday night against No. 4 Wisconsin, Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery came unglued at midcourt. So, for that matter, did the […]

Bryce Miller: ESPN reinforces perceptions about Ferentz teams

[ 0 ] January 1, 2014

ESPN’s coverage of Wednesday’s Outback Bowl was a parade of stereotypes about the program under coach Kirk Ferentz. For those connected to the program, that’s mostly a positive thing. As LSU’s polished off its 21-14 win against Iowa at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., familiar themes emerged from play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and analyst […]