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The Gazette Spends a Day With Tom Brands

Iowa’s Phillip Laux was working out for the second time of the day and Brands spoke up while he was wrestling with former Hawkeye and HWC member Matt McDonough. "Are you a straw house or a brick house?" Brands said. "Then don’t fall to your belly when he blows on you."

http://thegazette.com/2014/03/04/a-day-with-tom-brands/

Iowa's B1G opponents for 2014/15 announced

The conference schedule will remain at 18 games, with each team playing five teams twice (home and away) and eight teams once (four at home and four on the road). The Hawkeyes will play the following five teams twice next season: Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State and Rutgers will visit Iowa City for the only regular season meeting. Iowa will travel to Indiana, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue.

AIRBHG in the dictionary

Iowa has 2 entries in the Grantland Dictionary: College Football Internet Edition. Glad to see "AIRBHG" and "Kirk Ferentz" rank up there with "MACtion," "Row the Boat" and the "Fulmer Cup."

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9599552/holly-anderson-college-football-grantland-dictionary

QuoteShot

The first ever college basketball game was played on January 18, 1896, when the University of Iowa invited student athletes from the new University of Chicago for an experimental game. Final score: Chicago 15, Iowa 12, a bit different from the hundred-point scores of today.

http://inventors.about.com/od/inventorsalphabet/a/James_Naismith.htm

"If (offensive coordinators) know what you are in, they have answers to stuff," Koenning said. "The...

"If (offensive coordinators) know what you are in, they have answers to stuff," Koenning said. "The old days of lining up in the I formation and saying our Jimmys are better than your Joeys, and we want to beat you into submission, nobody wants to do that anymore. Everything is about space. If you have guys that can’t compete in space then you’re going to be struggling."

NC State defensive coach Vic Koenning, to Coaching Search dot com. Koenning is an old school guy, despite the fact that he coached for Tommy Bowden and Ron Zook. If he's given up on FOUR THREE COVER TWO, we're all in trouble.

Iowa, meanwhile, is currently tied with Michigan atop the Legends Division at 2-0, with just...

Iowa, meanwhile, is currently tied with Michigan atop the Legends Division at 2-0, with just Northwestern (2-1) serving as a threat.

BTN and Dish Reach Agreement!

BTN and Dish Reach Agreement!

What all this boils down to is that Iowa's offense has no identity. To be fair to Greg Davis, this...

What all this boils down to is that Iowa's offense has no identity. To be fair to Greg Davis, this problem didn't start with his hiring...it started one year ago as Iowa found itself down by 3 scores to Pitt. Iowa went no-huddle and had one of the biggest and best comebacks in its history. Iowa won the game, but it was the start of major problems for the Iowa offense. Kirk Ferentz became intrigued by the no-huddle and liked it so much that he decided to use it again the next week against Louisiana Monroe. It was successful enough that he trotted it out against Penn State...and it was disastrous. So, the no-huddle was canned for the season. When Greg Davis was hired, he told us how Kirk Ferentz wanted to use some more no-huddle. Brian Ferentz teased on Twitter about the tempo of the offense and we saw quite a bit of it during the open practices. And now, in the first two games, we've seen Iowa employ the no-huddle at times. Here's the big problem though. Iowa's coaches have no idea how to run a no-huddle offense.

From Fight for Iowa's post-ISU offensive breakdown. I've had this post half-complete for two days, just trying to tie it together, and then I read him and realized he did it better than I could. The Penn State tie-in is key here. If you don't recall, that was the last time Iowa ran this "no-huddle" into abject failure: 3 points, poor completion percentage, no yardage. And, just like this week, it was run exclusively out of 311 personnel, and it had no running plays. It was a completely different offense, wholly unrelated to what was being done in the "standard" scheme. That's the height of stupidity. Iowa's "no-huddle offense" shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the entire concept and its advantages, and it has for more than a year now. The complete lack of change in philosophy or application under Davis only proves that it's not a coordinator issue.

6. Hawkeye running backs: Iowa might be flying under the radar entering 2012, but everyone knows...

6. Hawkeye running backs: Iowa might be flying under the radar entering 2012, but everyone knows about the Hawkeyes' woes at running back, thanks to the work of AIRBHG (h/t Black Heart Gold Pants). Another offseason of attrition leaves Iowa with several unproven options entering Saturday's opener against defending MAC champ Northern Illinois at Chicago's Soldier Field. Fans are most intrigued to see true freshman Greg Garmon, a four-star prospect out of Erie, Pa. Although Iowa's offense will have more of a passing lean this fall, the program always has been at its best with a reliable ball-carrying option.

From the ESPN Big Ten Blog's "What to Watch" feature for Week 1, Adam Rittenberg spreads awareness of AIRBHG, to Pat Harty's chagrin. It raises a good question, though: what are YOU most looking forward to seeing out of Iowa on Saturday? Garmon? The Polish Hat? The defense? Conor Kornbrath? (Don't deny your red-hot punter love, commentariat.)

Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery,... announced his retirement Friday. The 32-year-old...

Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery,... announced his retirement Friday. The 32-year-old Gallery had struggled in training camp. On Friday, he was flicked to the side by defensive lineman Vince Wilfork in one-on-one rush drills, landing on his backside. That highlighted some of his struggles.

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