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Mark Emmert is the assistant sports editor for The Des Moines Register.

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Vegas: Hawkeyes a four-point underdog vs. ISU in early line

[ 0 ] June 7, 2013

The Iowa State football team has never been an oddsmakers’ darling. So it was certainly no surprise Friday morning when the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas threw down some very, very early betting lines on 250 college games this fall, and the Cyclones were the underdogs — usually decidedly — in six of the seven […]

Analysis: Where do non-revenue sports fit in?

[ 0 ] May 18, 2013

Money has always had a significant influence over major-college sports. It just used to be impolite to talk about it so openly. But the cash is pouring into the coffers at big schools like never before, and the conversation has become more honest. Every fan knows the salary of the multimillion-dollar football coaches, follows along […]

Team-wide concerns develop following Penn State debacle

[ 0 ] October 21, 2012

IOWA CITY, Ia. — There was no sugar-coating the wretched display of football that Iowa foisted on its fans Saturday night in a 38-14 no-show at the hands of Penn State. Of an offense that generated just one late, meaningless touchdown, quarterback James Vandenberg pointedly observed: “We didn’t throw it well. We didn’t catch it well. […]

Iowa football: Interceptions help spark Hawkeyes to win

[ 0 ] September 29, 2012

Iowa City, Ia. — Tanner Miller ended up seated out of bounds with the football in his lap. Christian Kirksey wound up clutching the ball all the way into the end zone. Iowa did a lot of things well in between those two plays Saturday, but the interceptions provided the perfect bookends to a 31-13 […]

The magic behind Central Michigan’s onside kick

[ 0 ] September 23, 2012

Iowa City, Ia. — Central Michigan’s escape from Kinnick Stadium on Saturday began, appropriately, with a play called Houdini. That’s what the Chippewas call their onside kick, the brainchild of longtime director of football operations Plas Presnell. It’s a bit of sleight-of-foot trickery that had never worked in a game before, but when it did, […]

Northern Iowa’s green defensive front doesn’t do enough vs. Iowa

[ 0 ] September 15, 2012

Iowa City, Ia. — This time, Northern Iowa’s defense couldn’t measure up to a Big Ten Conference opponent. Everything that the Panthers did well at Wisconsin two weeks ago was buried under an onslaught of black jerseys Saturday as Iowa took hold of the line of scrimmage and never let up in a 27-16 victory […]

Big Game: Hawkeye offense searches for answers

[ 0 ] September 8, 2012

Iowa City, Ia. — If you’re looking for a motto for the 2012 Iowa offense, it might be: The bland leading the bland. Conservative play-calling, and a lack of dynamic playmakers, have left the Hawkeyes at a virtual standstill in the first two weeks of the season, during which they’ve managed just one touchdown. In […]

Big Game: Chuck Long makes return to Iowa City

[ 0 ] September 8, 2012

Iowa City, Ia. — Roaming through the tailgaters at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday were a pair of quarterbacks who once owned the Big Game. For former Iowa State signal-caller Sage Rosenfels, it was his first trip to the stadium since he led the Cyclones to a 24-14 win here in 2000. With his 11-year NFL […]

You vote: Who is on your all-Big 4 men’s basketball team?

[ 0 ] January 2, 2012

What if you could construct a team from all four rosters – Drake, Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa? Who would you pick if you wanted to build a squad that could make a run deep into the NCAA Tournament? Through Jan. 6, you can vote here and choose the state’s best at each position. […]

Iowa shuts down Drake’s Simons

[ 0 ] December 17, 2011

Simons entered the game averaging 16.8 points per game, but Iowa senior Matt Gatens held him scoreless in the first half and to just five points in all.