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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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On the road (again): Bye weeks part of Iowa football discussion

[ 0 ] August 24, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa’s football team had two bye weeks for the first time ever last season, and the timing was impeccable. “They were perfect,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. The first one came six weeks into the season. The second came after the 10th game. That gave the Hawkeyes ample time to clean […]

Iowa’s sixth-best football victory of past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 24, 2014

Hail Mary? On Nov. 14, 1987, it became known as Hartlieb to Cook. In the playbook it was known as “Lion 75 Y Trail.” Fourth down, 23 yards to go from the Ohio State 28 with less than a minute remaining. And trailing Ohio State, 27-22. In Ohio Stadium, where Iowa hadn’t won since 1959. […]

Iowa Football 2014: Now, it’s Brandon Scherff’s turn to teach

[ 0 ] August 23, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia.– Brandon Scherff said he’s improved since the start of Iowa’s fall camp. Better with his hands, better at pass protection, better at playing faster and more physical. That is a scary thought, since the Hawkeyes’ heralded left offensive tackle has already received preseason all-American accolades and is projected as a first-round pick […]

Iowa Football 2014: Five things to watch

[ 0 ] August 23, 2014

  Spotlight player: Brandon Scherff, Iowa’s left offensive tackle, is a man of few words. He lets his play on the field speak for him. He skipped the NFL and came back to school for his senior year wanting to be the best in the nation at his trade. If he is, he’ll be Iowa’s fourth […]

Iowa’s seventh-best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 23, 2014

Illinois was ranked No. 5. Iowa was 13th. Memorial Stadium in Champaign was sold out for this clash of Big Ten co-leaders on Nov. 3, 1990. The Illini, on a six-game winning streak, had given up just one touchdown in the previous 15 quarters. But Iowa scored on its first five possessions of the game […]

Brown: No predicting Iowa’s 2014 season

[ 0 ] August 22, 2014

I’m tired of talk and ready for action. Iowa’s football opener against Northern Iowa on Aug. 30 at Kinnick Stadium can’t get here soon enough. Once the season starts, play on the field will replace the wide range of speculation about how this 2014 season will go for Iowa. And the Hawkeyes are at the […]

Iowa’s eighth-best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 22, 2014

Michigan was leading the nation in total offense coming into this Oct. 20, 1990 game with Iowa. The Hawkeye defense didn’t allow a first down until the third quarter, and gave up just 11 for the game. And Iowa stunned the Wolverines in Michigan Stadium 24-23. Michigan had been ranked No. 1 in the nation […]

Rick Brown’s breakdown of Iowa’s full 2014-15 hoops schedule

[ 0 ] August 21, 2014

Iowa’s men’s basketball team will start its 2014-15 Big Ten schedule in an unusual place. On the road. The Big Ten released its conference schedule Thursday, and the Hawkeyes get started Dec. 30 at Ohio State. This will be the first time in coach Fran McCaffery’s five seasons that Iowa has kicked off league play […]

Dallas Clark sizes up Iowa’s current crop of tight ends

[ 0 ] August 21, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Dallas Clark beat long odds to play 11 seasons as a tight end in the National Football League. He started his career at Iowa as a walk-on linebacker. He actually intercepted a pass against Northwestern in 2000, even though teammate and current Iowa linebackers coach LeVar Woods got credit for it. But […]

Michigan quarterback says Iowa fans are ‘annoying’

[ 0 ] August 21, 2014

Michigan’s Devin Gardner gives Iowa’s pink locker room a thumbs up, for the most part. But the fans at Kinnick Stadium? Well, that’s a downright annoying story. It’s not a stretch to believe the Wolverines’ senior quarterback doesn’t have warm and fuzzy memories of Kinnick, a place he’ll never have to play in again. A […]