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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: McCaffery, Brands And Ferentz Do Some Talking

Fran McCaffery, Tom Brands and Kirk Ferentz spoke to either the media or Hawk Talk callers. See what they had to say.


Watch Episode Six of "The Journey 2012: Big Ten Football" this Wednesday (via bigtennetwork)

FRAN MCCAFFERY HELD HIS WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE. Here's the transcript. McCaffery says he plans to play 10 players this season and that's new to him in his coaching career. How those minutes are distributed will be an interesting story line as the season progresses. McCaffery isn't sure which player will take the red shirt. It's not Adam Woodbury, who Fran says

"has been phenomenal in the early going. He's picking up what we're doing. He's in great shape physically. He's running the floor. I mean, he's a very good passer out of the post."

Woodbury was a poor free shooter in high school but Fran says he's working hard on improving. Woodbury also has to stay out of foul trouble to see 20 minutes a game this season.

IOWA HOOPS STARTS THE SEASON FRIDAY NIGHT. Texas-Pan American will be first up on the schedule. They finished last season 11-21. To arrive at that record they were not good at rebounding, or turnovers, or blocking shots, or basketball in general.

HAWKEYE NATION'S JON MILLER PREDICTED IOWA'S BASKETBALL SEASON AND FOUND 20 WINS. 20-11 and 9-9 is about average if you're paying attention to other predictions around the web. He has Iowa 11-2 in the non-con schedule and then going 3-7 over the first stretch of Big Ten play. He predicts Iowa closes out with a 5-1 run (lone loss to Indiana).

AT LEAST ONE EXPERT FEELS THAT'S ENOUGH FOR AN NCAA BERTH. Iowa's horrendous non-conference schedule has been discussed here previously. Ken Pomeroy stopped by Reddit for an AMA and was asked about Iowa's NCAA chances. KenPom says that 10-8 in the Big Ten "should be a lock" and adds that 9-9 should be fine as long as there's not a repeat of Campbell 2011.

TOM BRANDS ALSO TALKED TO THE MEDIA. "Our leadership is good," said Brands (video) of his squad. The Hawkeye wrestling team added a solid freshman class that is making for tough competition in the wrestling room. There's other interesting notes that come via Andy Hamilton's Twitter account. Here's a sample:

Matt McDonough interview: Nov. 7, 2012 (via hawkeyesportstv)

TIME FOR CHIPS, SALSA AND HAWK TALK WITH KIRK FERENTZ. There were plenty of lines open last night on Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz and Gary Dolphin. Iowa's recruiting class hit a high of 16 this summer but after a deflection is sitting at 15. Ferentz says they do plan to add four to five more. Iowa Football will hold it's senior breakfast tomorrow because there won't be a Johnson Country I-Club breakfast before the Nebraska game (Thanksgiving).

IT'S VANDENBERG OR BUST. Unless there's an injury, Jake Rudock will not take snaps per Ferentz. Iowa brought along all four scholarship quarterbacks last week at Indiana. Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard are settled into red shirt years but traveled for the experience.

PREVIOUSLY, IN UNIFORM NEWS. Iowa Football will wear special uniforms Saturday to honor the nation's veterans. It was previously reported that a branch of service would substitute for the players last name on the back of the jersey. Iowa asked for permission and was denied, so something else will appear there.