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Tim Brewster's Postition Switch Every week Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster switches...

Tim Brewster's Postition Switch Every week Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster switches jobs with a Minnesota fan to get a better look at the life of working class Minnesotans in the 21st century. One week he might be a laborer on a dairy farm, the next he could be a receptionist at a doctor's office. The one place he won't be is on the Minnesota sideline; this is a vastly better situation for Minnesota fans. What will Tim learn about life in the heartland? Tune in to find out. Maize n Brew uncovers some failed ideas for BTN programming. WOULD WATCH. TRY FIGHT BUTTER CHURN!

Iowa State at Iowa (-5) Vegas lines involving Iowa always list the exact number of points Iowa...

Iowa State at Iowa (-5) Vegas lines involving Iowa always list the exact number of points Iowa will score on that day behind the team. This line clearly means Iowa will win 5-4, because they are Iowa and are capable of doing amazing things with just five one-point safeties off blocked extra points. (All courtesy of Tim "Verti-bro" Hanley, walk-on special teamer with a nine-foot wingspan and a severe case of vertigo.) Betting tips from Spencer at the mothership. We'd shake our fist angrily, but we're pretty sure this is an accurate description of how the BOLD NEW IOWA OFFENSE intends to score all its points. /resumes crying in the corner

Meanwhile, Zook has landed at Iowa State, where the Cyclones opted for head-coaching experience...

Meanwhile, Zook has landed at Iowa State, where the Cyclones opted for head-coaching experience over the hot coordinator, Texas defensive guru Gene Chizik.

One of many highlights in Andy Staples' fun re-imagining of recent college football history.

Northern Illinois’ season opener with Iowa on Sept. 1 at Chicago’s historic Soldier Field will...

Northern Illinois’ season opener with Iowa on Sept. 1 at Chicago’s historic Soldier Field will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Central Time and will be televised by ESPNU. Soldier Field Showdown III is the first of six games on an ESPN platform. Its good to see that the game will be on TV. It wasn't for sure earlier, and NIU's game against Wisconsin was supposedly not on TV last year.

http://www.niuhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/060712aab.html

Q: What did you do with your year away? A: I tried to stay involved. I went to Florida, Auburn and...

Q: What did you do with your year away? A: I tried to stay involved. I went to Florida, Auburn and Iowa State. At some places, I (worked at some clinics). Others were just visits. In the fall, I went to Tulane where my son coaches. Then I visited my good friends Larry Fedora and Blake Anderson, who were at Southern Miss and now are at North Carolina. I sat in on meetings as they installed things. In the season, I would watch a high school team practice and visit with coaches. On Saturdays, I would watch a few games and tape others and would watch them later in the week and would make notes to see how people did things. It was fun. I think I became a better coach because of it all. You can back off and see how other people do things. Watch out, Paul Rhoads: GREG DAVIS KNOWS ALL YOUR SECRETS.

KF: Let’s talk Kingsbury. Doug Gottlieb: Chris Kingsbury. Do you know why he wore 14? KF:...

KF: Let’s talk Kingsbury. Doug Gottlieb: Chris Kingsbury. Do you know why he wore 14? KF: Somehow, I can’t say I do. DG: His favorite drink was a 7&7. KF: Ha! Marb Reds, too. DG: Kingsbury. He could shoot from anywhere. Remember he got in trouble for punching that dude when they were on the ground? I wanna say at Penn State? KF: That's it. You haven’t really made it until you punch some dude from Penn State. The Kingsbury Factor interviews Doug Gottlieb, discusses Kingsbury, Matty Fresh, Okie State hoops back in the day, The Bachelor, and tons more stuff. It's long, but thoroughly entertaining.

'A long time ago, in a sports world far, far away, the most thrilling brand of basketball in all...

'A long time ago, in a sports world far, far away, the most thrilling brand of basketball in all the land was played in the Big Ten. Seriously. The point totals that the Midwesterners used to put up would floor college-basketball fans today. In 1960, Ohio State scored 90 points per game, still the school record. In 1970, Iowa averaged an absurd 103 points per contest in Big Ten play. To put this in perspective, No. 1-ranked Kentucky is scoring 78 per game this season—and that's with the benefit of the three-point shot and the shot clock, which those old-time shorty-shorts teams didn't have.

The Wall Street Journal asks "How did the Big Ten get so slow?" (The answer? Blame Bobby Knight.)

"I grew up loving the Hawkeyes," Gatens said. "It was always my dream to play here. Iowa fans have...

"I grew up loving the Hawkeyes," Gatens said. "It was always my dream to play here. Iowa fans have a saying: 'Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye.'" In McCaffery's second season, the Hawkeyes are still rebuilding. McCaffery has two ESPN top-100 recruits, both Iowa natives, on board for 2012. Which is all well and good, Gatens said, but as a senior with just a few more weeks left in his career, he isn't content to go down without a fight. Frankly, he's running out of time. "I'm just trying to get this program back to where it deserves to be," he said. "We've got a lot of young guys here. The program is going to be fine. But we seniors want to go out and create our own memories for the fans too. "You just want to get everything you can out of it. We want to get the tournament. We haven't done it, but if we keep playing the way we are down the stretch, I think we can get into that conversation."

Eamonn Brennan at ESPN.com profiles Matt Gatens. Good stuff here.

I don't remember anything else about the game -- I couldn't tell you who was playing for Mich at...

I don't remember anything else about the game -- I couldn't tell you who was playing for Mich at the time, though I assume it was leftover less Fab Fivers -- but what I do remember is this: Chris Kingsbury received a pass at half court, took two very small dribbles, and then pulled up from, no joke, at least 28 feet. He was actually standing on one of the logos that courts have in the area between the three point line and half court. The act itself seemed so ridiculously audacious that I remember thinking -- wait, is time running out? Is the game about to end? Is he involved in some sort of halftime shootout to win a Pontiac Grand Prix? -- but no, he wasn't. In fact, he probably could've taken at least one to two more dribbles and shot the ball unguarded from 21 feet. But that, friends, is what made Chris Kingsbury Chris Kingsbury. He was so damn confident that he could hit a 28 foot three that he didn't feel he needed an excuse. That takes a Big Gulp of ego, and hubris, and cajones, as well as more than a few shakes of insanity.

Our blog-buddies at The Kingsbury Factor explain the origin of their name, which means it's time for a trip down Chris Kingsbury memory lane. Well worth a read.

And few folks were complaining about O'Keefe when Stanzi led the Hawkeyes to an Orange Bowl win or...

And few folks were complaining about O'Keefe when Stanzi led the Hawkeyes to an Orange Bowl win or when Banks guided the team to the Rose Bowl in the 2002 season.

I know I drank a lot that season, but I don't remember the Rose Bowl Brian Bennett seems to remember. Granted it was against a PAC-10 USC squad, but the mother-ship should have caught that. http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/45113/ken-okeefe-leaves-iowa-for-nfls-dolphins [Emphasis added]
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