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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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Hawkeye basketball great Roy Marble has 3 tumors

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014

Former University of Iowa basketball star Roy Marble is awaiting biopsy results after three tumors were discovered in his head. Marble, 47, the Hawkeyes’ career scoring leader, had a biopsy done Tuesday at University Hospitals in Iowa City. Marble said tumors have been found behind his right eye, on his temple and on his face. […]

Rick Brown: McCaffery sees key roles for Clemmons, Ellingson, Uhl

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014

Iowa’s basketball program is in a much better place than it was when coach Fran McCaffery took over in the spring of 2010. But now, after the first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006, comes a different challenge. Is this a program that reloads or rebuilds? The Big Ten’s top programs keep rolling season […]

Iowa’s 10th-best football victory of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014

This was the most hyped Iowa-Iowa State game ever. There is no close No. 2. The Cyclones came to Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 17, 1977, the first time the in-state rivals had met in 43 years. Adding fuel to the fire was a motivational ploy by Iowa State coach Earle Bruce. When his team returned […]

Iowa’s 11th-best football victory of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 19, 2014

Iowa dismantled Iowa State 57-3 on Sept. 28, 1985. Two days later, the Hawkeyes moved to the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press college football poll. Michigan State came to Kinnick Stadium on Oct. 5, intent on making it a short stay. Iowa jumped out to a 13-0 lead, but the Spartans stormed back. […]

Iowa’s 12th-best football victory of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014

Iowa won its school-record eighth straight game to start a season on Oct. 24, 2009, at Michigan State. The streak remained alive because of the most famous slant pattern in school history. It was run by sophomore wide receiver Marvin McNutt, and it came on the final play. Michigan State had taken a 13-9 lead […]

McCaffery defends program: “We have great kids. We don’t have thugs.”

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014

Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery is not worried about the public perception of his program in the wake of several player arrests. “Not at all,” McCaffery told the Register at a charity-golf appearance Monday in Des Moines. “Not in the least. We have great kids. We don’t have thugs.” McCaffery has issued four press-release statements […]

Iowa’s 13th-best football win of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 17, 2014

Iowa’s surprising 1981 march to the Rose Bowl included a defensive masterpiece. Wisconsin had an edge in that race to Pasadena when it hosted Iowa on Nov. 14, 1981. Madison had been awash in Rose Bowl hype the week of the game. But the Hawkeyes jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead, on a Tom […]

Iowa’s 14th-best football win of past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 16, 2014

When Texas native Hayden Fry took the Iowa job in 1979, “Hook ‘Em Hawks” became a popular bumper sticker. The phrase was borrowed from the University of Texas, where “Hook ‘Em Horns” is part of the culture. So you can understand why Fry, who had a 2-11 record against Texas as the coach at SMU […]

Brown: Ferentz has lots of questions still unanswered

[ 0 ] August 16, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Now it gets interesting. Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff have a lot of important decisions to make with the Aug. 30 opener against Northern Iowa at Kinnick Stadium rapidly approaching. They’ll review tape of Saturday’s public practice and scrimmage on Sunday, then comes a 24-hour window where they’ll […]

Iowa football’s 15th-best win of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 15, 2014

Michigan rushed for 22 yards. Iowa’s Jermelle Lewis came off the bench to rush for 109 yards. That is just a snapshot of the 34-9 beatdown No. 13 Iowa put on No. 8 Michigan before a crowd of 111,496 at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 26, 2002. “I’ll never forget it,” Iowa tight end Dallas Clark […]