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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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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 […]

Fran McCaffery’s son Connor commits to Hawkeyes

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014

Connor McCaffery got a hug from his mom, Margaret, and his dad, Fran, at home Saturday evening. Not exactly big news, right? Well, this was a little different. Connor, 16, a sophomore at Iowa City West, got the hugs after he committed to play basketball for his dad’s Iowa team. “I’ve always thought about what […]

Rick Brown: There’s ample Iowa anxiety, but 1-0 is 1-0

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. — It was a black-and-gold victory, with plenty of red flags. “We learned a lot about ourselves,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said after Saturday’s 31-23 victory against Northern Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. A lot of what he learned was not pleasant to watch, and that had fans squirming on the edge of […]

Derrick Willies’ first catch as Hawkeye was a big one

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. For a fleeting second, Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock thought he had overthrown wide receiver Derrick Willies at a crucial moment. “I thought I threw it in a pretty good rhythm,” Rudock said. “When I saw him start putting his head down I thought, “Did I really overthrow him?’ “ Willies stretched out and […]

Hayden Fry jokes about health, pink locker room

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014

Hayden Fry jokes about health, pink locker room

Live from Iowa City: Josey Jewell out with hand injury

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014

Iowa City, Ia. — Clouds are starting to break up at Kinnick, with sun breaking through on occasion, and the Iowa Marching Band has been on the turf for their final warmups. Ushers are in place at the gates. It’s about time for Iowa vs. Northern Iowa (11 a.m. kickoff, Big Ten Network). Follow our live […]

Hawkeye great Roy Marble diagnosed with cancer

[ 0 ] August 29, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Former University of Iowa basketball star Roy Marble has been diagnosed with cancer. Marble, 47, had a biopsy done at University Hospitals earlier this month after three tumors were discovered – one behind his eye, one on his temple and another on his face. The biopsy found the tumors were malignant. Iowa […]

Iowa’s best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 29, 2014

Rob Houghtlin kicked four field goals. The last one might be the most famous boot in Iowa football history. Houghtlin’s 29-yard field goal as time expired gave No. 1 Iowa a 12-10 victory over No. 2 Michigan on Oct. 19, 1985 at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes dominated the game statistically, but they trailed on the […]

Rick Brown: Iowa’s defensive line needs to show its muscle

[ 0 ] August 29, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa’s defense a year ago was defined by linebackers Christian Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens. If someone in the defensive line made a mistake, the linebackers were usually there to erase it. This fall, the roles are reversed. The line is the strength of this defense heading into Saturday’s 11 a.m. […]

BTN writer picks Iowa’s Scherff as Big Ten’s best player

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014

The Big Ten football season starts today, with Eastern Illinois playing at Minnesota and Rutgers making its conference debut at Washington State. So who is the best player in the Big Ten? Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network says it’s Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff. Here’s Dienhart’s look at the five best players in […]