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A week long vacation was followed by a nightmare of electronic darkness. I'll spare you the gory details and assure you that smart phones are no substitute for a fully working computer. The technology is nice but it's hardly methadone for full blown Internet addict.

I've been somewhat out of the loop and am playing catch up. This post will devaite from the previous format and we'll rejoin regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. For now, it's scatterbrain snippet style. I apologize in advance if some of this news is dated or repetitive. I want to make sure I cover it all some of the news.

We'll start with now former Hawks and their performances in post season all-star events.

Marvin McNutt's performance at Senior Bowl practices may have moved him up on some draft lists. Marvin measured 6'2.5" without cleats and separated himself from the pack despite not flashing coveted speed. Iowa's all-time everything receiver plans to work on his footwork and speed leading up to the combine and draft.

Shaun Prater played in the East-West Shrine game and also helped his draft stock. Prater was a standout on the victorious East defense. Sporting News pegged Prater as one who improved their draft stock the most. SN thinks he might move to a second round pick. released it's mock draft 2012 version 2.0 last weekend. Iowa's Riley Reiff is predicted to the Carolina Panthers as the eighth pick overall. If the Panthers don't take Reiff here, former Hawkeye line coach Joe Philbin and his Dolphins have the next pick. If neither select Reiff either the Bills or Chiefs, at #10 and #11 will.

ESPN's Mel Kiper listed Reiff as his #2 offensive tackle in the draft. Kiper also listed his Top 5's for returning seniors. Micah Hyde is the only Hawkeye listed. Hyde is Kiper's #3 corner.

Moving on, it's the week of National Signing Day (Wednesday). Hopefully Iowa will release their signing day blog like last season (they publish a bio and videos as the signed letters are faxed in). Last night Iowa scored a big verbal commit from Alex Kozan. The Omaha World-Herald is also reporting Iowa landed 8-man footballer Nate Meier from Fremont-Mills, IOWA. There are still offers out there, Iowa might not be done just yet.

Texas defensive tackle Aaron Curry is down to Iowa and Nebraska. He has set his announcement at his High School Wednesday morning (7:00 am).

Iowa received a visit from a high school quarterback that already verbally committed to Ole Miss. CJ Beathard is a three star prospect on Rivals. No word yet on if his visit persuaded him to switch his commitment.

Iowa football now has confirmed four preferred walk-ons for next season. They are Michael Malloy, Alex Imming, Will Kincart and Andre Dawson. Malloy had a scholarship offer but now has to walk-on and earn his scholarship. Dawson has been to Northern Iowa and Iowa Western Community College.

Alex Imming was a second team all-Western Iowa quarterback at Sioux City East. He'll come to Iowa as an "athlete" and stands 6'3" and 205 pounds. Imming, unfortunately, lost his father shortly after committing to Iowa. Here is a touching story from Larry Peterson, of the Creston News.

Will Kincart is from Bloomfield, Iowa. He's a 6'3" 235 pound lineman that projects to either side. He could be Iowa's next long snapper.

Hoops. The Hawkeye men's team left their defense at home last night as they allowed dunk after dunk against Indiana. The Hoosiers made the most of the Hawkeye's matador defense, scoring 100 points in a Big Ten game for the first time since Grunge.

You can watch head coach Fran McCaffery's post-game press conference. McCaffery called it "a very disappointing effort defensively by our guys." Josh Oglesby, who added a career high 24 points, said "our defense was horrible." That it was Josh. That..... It...... Was.

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As always, there may be more news. So, I'll update the comments as the day progresses.