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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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Former Iowa football commit on Alabama two-deep

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014

Former Cedar Falls all-stater Ross Pierschbacher, who originally committed to play football at Iowa before signing with Alabama, has made an immediate impact as a true freshman. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Pierschbacher is listed as the Crimson Tide’s backup left guard behind Arie Kouandijo for Saturday’s opener against West Virginia in Atlanta, Ga. According to the […]

Brown: Ferentz won’t let himself get too excited about running game

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Asked if he felt better about his running game than in recent seasons, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz squirmed in his chair like someone sitting in the dentist’s office waiting for a root canal. “You never feel too good about anything, especially right now,” Ferentz said. Right now is Saturday’s 11 […]

Iowa’s third-best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014

Iowa coach Hayden Fry knew it was a gamble. The Hawkeyes were clinging to a 13-7, fourth-quarter lead in this top-10 duel at Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 24, 1983. Iowa was ranked seventh. No. 3 Ohio State had won nine straight in the series. Iowa had a third-and-six situation from its own 27. Fry could […]

Kirk Ferentz shares the secret of his gameday note cards

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – When he travels the state on the I-Club circuit each spring, Iowa football Kirk Ferentz answers a lot of questions. Two get asked more than others. One, what do you write on that card during games? And two, what kind of gum do you chew? “It’s about all I’m known for, […]

Tevaun Smith hopes to consistently enter WR fray

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

  IOWA CITY, Ia. – Wide receiver Tevaun Smith is best remembered for one play. A very big play. The Hawkeyes were trailing Michigan 21-7 at halftime of last November’s game at Kinnick Stadium. On Iowa’s first series of the third quarter, Smith made an acrobatic one-handed catch of a Jake Rudock pass and dodged […]

Iowa’s fourth-best football win of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

Georgia Tech’s offense had been unstoppable, averaging 307.2 rushing yards and running all the way to the school’s first Orange Bowl game in 43 years. But the ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets were about to run into No. 10 Iowa and defensive coordinator Norm Parker. Iowa’s 24-14 Orange Bowl victory on Jan. 5, 2010, was the program’s […]

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 […]

Fran McCaffery says Peter Jok will rejoin men’s hoops team on Tuesday

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014

  Peter Jok will be rejoining the Iowa men’s basketball team Tuesday, coach Fran McCaffery has confirmed. Jok, a sophomore guard and former West Des Moines Valley all-stater, was suspended from all basketball-related activities by McCaffery on July 15, a day after he was charged with driving his moped while his license was revoked. Jok […]

Iowa’s fifth-best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014

It matched the biggest upset, ratings wise, in school history. Iowa’s 24-23 victory over No. 3 Penn State on Nov. 8, 2008 at Kinnick Stadium also crushed the Nittany Lions’ national title hopes. “Biggest win in Hawkeye history? Who knows,” Iowa’s Mitch King said. “Let’s just say this is something I’ll remember as long as […]

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 […]