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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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Ferentz’s NFL Draft clout continues to gather steam

[ 0 ] May 14, 2014

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz spent part of his Tuesday writing notes to recruits. Each message included three letters: N-F-L. Ferentz has seen 55 of his players selected in the NFL Draft in his 15 seasons as Iowa coach, including three last week. “We certainly sell that,” Ferentz said before an appearance at the Boone-Story […]

Rick Brown: Crucial Hawkeyes recruiting class gets another upgrade

[ 0 ] May 12, 2014

When junior college forward Willie Atwood announced last month that he’d be continuing his college basketball career at Arizona State and not Iowa, Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery had already turned the page. “I like going into this (2015) class with scholarships,” McCaffery said. The class of 2015 is an important one for McCaffery, and the […]

Rick Brown: Big Ten’s eastern swing painful to some, but makes sense

[ 0 ] May 7, 2014

Horace Greeley favored westward expansion. His advice to struggling Americans looking for new opportunity in the 1860s was to “go west, young man.” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is also searching for new opportunity. And he’s looking in the opposite direction. It started with the addition of Penn State to the Midwest power conference in […]

Marble takes his game to L.A. to prepare for draft

[ 0 ] May 6, 2014

Black No. 4 Iowa basketball jerseys hang on a rack at the Sports Page, an Altoona sporting goods store. NCAA rules don’t allow names on the back of college jerseys that are sold to the public. Not that it’s much of a secret who No. 4 was. Devyn Marble wore that number for four seasons […]

McCaffery supports Big Ten tournament move to D.C.

[ 0 ] May 6, 2014

The Big Ten is fast-breaking its way to the east, and creating a footprint that is growing larger by the day. The conference announced Tuesday it will hold the 2017 men’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The first 17 tournaments were held in Chicago, Ill., or Indianapolis, Ind. “I […]

Is Big Ten hoops tourney heading to East Coast?

[ 0 ] May 5, 2014

The Big Ten Conference’s next move to enhance its East Coast presence is coming Tuesday. The league has called a noon press conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., where it is expected to announce that the 2017 men’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament will be played in that 20-000-seat facility. The 2015 tournament is […]

McCaffery: Big Ten vs. Big East series is ‘brilliant idea’

[ 0 ] May 5, 2014

Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery is all in. “I think it’s a brilliant idea and it’s going to be great for everyone,” McCaffery said of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, a season-opening eight-game series between Big Ten and Big East schools introduced Monday. The agreement between the conferences starts in 2015 and runs for eight […]

Rick Brown: 25 years later, Roy Marble tells the truth

[ 0 ] May 5, 2014

It’s taken 25 years, but Roy Marble has decided to come clean. “It was deliberate,” Marble said of one of the most infamous free throws in Iowa basketball history. No. 9 Iowa and No. 6 North Carolina were tied, 97-97, when the Tar Heels’ Steve Bucknall fouled Ed Horton with 11 seconds to play in […]

Linebacker trio a lock to play in NFL jerseys?

[ 0 ] May 4, 2014

James Morris has been awarded more than $30,000 in postgraduate scholarships. “Hopefully, I won’t need them for a while,” Morris said. The Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, academic all-American, political science major and former Iowa linebacker would rather be in an NFL jersey than sitting in a classroom this fall. And in some ways, […]

Report: Big Ten, Big East ink new hoops challenge

[ 0 ] May 4, 2014

The Big Ten and Big East conferences will hold an 11:30 a.m. news conference Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York City to announce a men’s college basketball event between the two leagues. It will start in 2015-16, tip off the season and consist of eight games between teams from the two leagues at […]