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Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register.

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Des Moines girls named captains for Iowa Ladies Football Academy

[ 0 ] April 18, 2014

It is a parent’s nightmare — a helpless, hollow feeling. “Seeing your kids in pain that you can’t fix is the worst,” Toby Riddle said. “Just awful.” Toby and Jim Riddle of Des Moines experienced that when their oldest daughter, Megan, now 12, was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at 13 months old. Five years ago […]

Iowa football notes: Brian Ferentz addresses NFL rumor

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Brian Ferentz expected the question Wednesday. He wasn’t disappointed. A January report said he would leave his father’s staff at Iowa to become offensive line coach for the NFL’s Houston Texas and new head coach Bill O’Brien. Brian Ferentz and O’Brien worked together in New England. “What I’ll tell you guys […]

Is Scherff the best offensive lineman in the country?

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz spent last spring trying to temper enthusiasm for Brandon Scherff. “I feel differently about him a year later,” Ferentz said Wednesday of the 6-foot-5, 315-pound all-Big Ten left tackle who passed on the 2014 NFL Draft to return to Iowa for his senior season. This […]

Trey Dickerson fine with Peter Jok keeping No. 3

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014

Iowa men’s basketball recruit Trey Dickerson wore uniform No. 0 last season at Williston State College. He’ll wear No. 11 at Iowa. But doesn’t it make more sense for a guy named Trey to wear No. 3? “My boy Peter Jok’s got No. 3,” Dickerson said. Jok will be a sophomore. Dickerson, a fleet 6-foot […]

Rick Brown: New Hawkeye Trey Dickerson brings toughness

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014

Iowa’s men’s basketball team could have used more toughness last season, a little grit and guile at crunch time. Trey Dickerson looks to be an upgrade. “I look at toughness as leading, not being scared in clutch moments,” said Dickerson, a fleet 6-foot junior college point guard who signed a letter of intent with the […]

Hawkeye player to transfer; McCaffery has three scholarships available

[ 0 ] April 8, 2014

The spring signing period for college basketball starts a week from Wednesday, and Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery has another scholarship at his disposal. The school announced that Kyle Meyer, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman forward from Alpharetta, Ga., will transfer from the program at the end of the spring semester. That means McCaffery has […]

Rick Brown: Fire still burns inside assistant Reid

[ 0 ] April 2, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. — At an age when many Americans are planning for retirement, the fire to coach football still burns inside 63-year-old Jim Reid. And it’s not a flicker, but a full-blown inferno. When I asked Iowa’s second-year linebackers coach Wednesday what part of the job he loves the most, Reid’s answer was more […]

Hawkeyes still have something to prove, Weisman says

[ 0 ] April 2, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. -  Running back Mark Weisman said there’s a different vibe around the Iowa football program during spring practice this year. “I’d say it feels a little different,” said Weisman, who rushed for a team-best 975 yards as the Hawkeyes improved from 4-8 to 8-5 and ended the season at the Outback Bowl. […]

Chris Paul gives McCafferys quite the pick-me-up

[ 0 ] March 31, 2014

The McCaffery family was at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Monday, rooting for the road team and its star point guard. The Iowa basketball coach and his family were guests of Los Angeles Clippers all-star Chris Paul, coach Doc Rivers and the entire team for their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The McCafferys were also invited […]

Are Hawkeyes now built for long-term success?

[ 0 ] March 22, 2014

Devyn Marble attempted 436 field goals as a senior, 191 more than anyone else on the Iowa basketball team. As the page turns to 2014-15, someone’s got to take those shots. And someone has to step up and score some of the 17 points a game Marble left behind when the season ended in the […]