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Bryce Miller: Now is the time to truly cheer for McCaffery

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014

Life can render sports emotionally irrelevant and, in moments like Tuesday night, almost misguided. When the news was revealed that the nearly 14-year-old son of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery will have a mass removed from his thyroid, it made the streak of five losses in six games vanish in the wake of what […]

Bryce Miller: Fran McCaffery, on-court anger get national attention

[ 0 ] March 7, 2014

As America’s college basketball fan base awoke this morning, it caught glimpses of Iowa’s basketball program — on televisions, laptop screens and the sports page of the nation’s largest newspaper. None of what they saw was good. Forget the result of Iowa’s 86-76 loss at Michigan State, one of the toughest places in the country to […]

Bryce Miller: Banged-up Spartans tough as nails with game at stake

[ 0 ] January 28, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. — As Jess Settles walked through the Carver-Hawkeye Arena tunnel moments after Michigan State defied logic and basic math to stop Iowa, he simply shook his head. The Spartans, dinged up like a stock car swapping paint with lapped traffic all race long, found a way to do it again. No Adreian […]

Bryce Miller: Fran McCaffery’s inner fire inspires, but Sunday’s outburst roasted Iowa

[ 0 ] January 5, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — This was no slow burn. This was full eruption, in finger-flailing, spit-flying, suit-jeopardizing glory. Shortly after the Big Ten Network cameras drifted to commercial about eight minutes into the second half Sunday night against No. 4 Wisconsin, Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery came unglued at midcourt. So, for that matter, did the […]

Bryce Miller: ESPN reinforces perceptions about Ferentz teams

[ 0 ] January 1, 2014

ESPN’s coverage of Wednesday’s Outback Bowl was a parade of stereotypes about the program under coach Kirk Ferentz. For those connected to the program, that’s mostly a positive thing. As LSU’s polished off its 21-14 win against Iowa at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., familiar themes emerged from play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and analyst […]

Tate to Holloway: Mementos from an unforgettable victory

[ 0 ] December 16, 2013

Souvenirs from Iowa’s improbable, final-play win against LSU in the 2005 Capital One Bowl involved a missed opportunity and a mystery. Warren Holloway, who caught the 56-yard pass that capped Iowa’s 30-25 victory, said confusion about end-game protocol cost him a keepsake. “I thought we had to kick the extra point, or I would have […]

Tate to Holloway: Memories of epic play remain fresh in their minds

[ 0 ] December 16, 2013

There was the guy who jumped so quickly, forcefully and high that he punched his head through a sub-ceiling. Others admitted, sheepishly, that they dropped babies. One man explained that his grandfather let the years melt away, dancing on a table in a bar like an over-served college student. The stories go on and on […]

Miller: Two March-ready squads put on amazing show

[ 0 ] December 14, 2013

AMES, Ia. Welcome to border-to-border relevance in men’s basketball, state of Iowa. Welcome to the promise of March. Welcome to the smell of sweat and blood and want and will. Welcome to what it feels like when nerve endings tingle and catching your breath is anything but guaranteed. Welcome to finishes like No. 17 Iowa […]

Miller: Late brouhaha adds spice to Iowa vs. ISU women’s game

[ 0 ] December 13, 2013

AMES, Ia. — No matter the rankings, lineups, position matchups or barometric pressure, Bill Fennelly owns a Story County stranglehold on rival Iowa. The Iowa State women’s basketball coach interlocks his hands firmly around the Hawkeyes and squeezes the win-loss life out of them. In Fennelly’s nine meetings against Iowa at Hilton Coliseum, the record […]

Bryce Miller: Are Hawkeyes’ linebackers the best in the country?

[ 0 ] December 10, 2013

There’s no beaker-filled lab or gaggle of MIT graduates capable of determining whether Iowa has the best set of football linebackers in the country. When a topic is more subjective than science, answers prove elusive and debatable. Let me ask it this way, though: Is there another group you’d draft first? No collection of linebackers […]