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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’s 22nd-best football victory in the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 8, 2014

The tense moments of a game were replaced by tears. An emotional week finally caught up to Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes won at Penn State, 6-4, on Oct. 23, 2004. The day before, Ferentz gave the eulogy at the funeral for his father, John. “I talked to him after the Ohio State game […]

Rick Brown: Hawkeyes leave spring with two capable QBs

[ 0 ] April 26, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Quarterback C.J. Beathard created a buzz with his arm and his feet Saturday during Iowa’s spring football game at Kinnick Stadium. “I think he had a good day, and a good spring,” Jake Rudock said. A year ago, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz didn’t really know if he had a Big Ten-level […]

Video: What Iowa men can do to right the ship

[ 0 ] March 11, 2014

In this week’s HawkCentral Hoops installment, Register reporter Rick Brown talks about the critical e-mail he’s gotten from fans about the Hawkeyes’ recent slide. What can Iowa do to recover?

Rick Brown: Have these Hawkeyes underachieved? The answer isn’t easy

[ 0 ] March 11, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – After Iowa’s 2012-13 basketball season had ended in the championship game of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City, this is what I wrote looking ahead to this year: “Anything less than the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 2006 will be considered an underachieving season.” Now, 31 […]

Rick Brown: Why McCaffery’s Hawkeyes are in a tailspin

[ 0 ] March 9, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Asked Saturday night if he thought his team was safely in the NCAA Tournament, Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery’s answer was barely audible. “I don’t know,” McCaffery said, head down. “I’m not Joe Lunardi.” Lunardi, ESPN’s noted bracketologist, still has Iowa in the NCAA field. But after a 66-63 loss to […]

Rick Brown: Put Devyn Marble in Big Ten player of year discussion

[ 0 ] March 2, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa’s basketball team was preparing for its overseas trip to Europe in August when assistant coach Kirk Speraw challenged Devyn Marble. “He said, ‘You should be practicing as if you want to be an all-Big Ten first-team performer this season,’” Marble recalled. “I thought about what he said. And he was […]

Rick Brown: Hawkeyes’ limping defense isn’t grounded in desire

[ 0 ] February 28, 2014

Forty-six days into his job as Iowa’s basketball coach, Fran McCaffery appeared at the Des Moines County I-Club in Burlington. It was May of 2010, McCaffery’s first career I-Club. And the fans in attendance, numb to the sleepy brand of defense-first basketball that Todd Lickliter favored, were hungry for some optimism. McCaffery gave it to […]

Rick Brown: Unpredictable Big Ten makes forecasting March an act of madness

[ 0 ] February 24, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Trying to predict the outcomes of Big Ten Conference men’s basketball games this season has been an exercise in folly. Nebraska won at Michigan State. Indiana lost at home to Northwestern and Penn State, but beat Michigan and Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions won at Ohio State. Wisconsin won at Northwestern, and the […]

Rick Brown: Hawkeyes find cracking top echelon is tough

[ 0 ] February 23, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa’s return to basketball relevancy has been a blessing. And a curse. It’s been a significant climb, from dormancy to the top 25, in four seasons under coach Fran McCaffery. But Saturday’s last-minute loss to Wisconsin drove home this point: the line between relevance and reality is a tough one to […]