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Ferentz talks short passes, Martin-Manley, revamped Ball State

[ 0 ] September 2, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Hawkeyes columnist Rick Brown will offer five quick-hit talking points from each Iowa football news conference of the season. Here’s the early buzz before Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff against Ball State: THE SHORT STUFF: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said the short passing game used against Northern Iowa was a result of the […]

Brown: Iowa needs to put age-old football adage to work

[ 0 ] August 31, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – It’s a school of thought that’s been part of football since they started putting facemasks on helmets. And probably before that. You’ve probably heard it hundreds of times: A team makes the most improvement from Game 1 to Game 2. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz subscribes to that axiom. Now it’s up to […]

Take 5: Highlights from Kirk Ferentz’s Week 1 news conference

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Each week this season, Hawkeyes columnist Rick Brown will offer five takeaways from Kirk Ferentz’s weekly news conferences. Here’s the buzz before Saturday’s game vs. Northern Iowa: TWO QUARTERBACKS? There’s been a lot of talk about Iowa’s football team giving opponents a two-quarterback look this season, with C.J. Beathard coming off […]

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 […]

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 […]