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Lute Olson (1934-2020): A transcendental figure in Iowa sports history

The late 1970s into the early 1980s was a whirlwind for Iowa Hawkeye athletics. Iowa Wrestling was in the midst of becoming one of the greatest sports dynasties of the 20th century, Hayden Fry had begun raising Iowa football from the ashes of irrelevancy, and a spunky, young coach from Long Beach State had just taken over Iowa men’s basketball. Lute Olson grew up in the rural countryside of North Dakota where he became a star high school guard in basketball and eventually would play out his college days at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Following his playing days, Olson spent … Continued

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21 year- old Makeda Scott was found dead in lake MacBride Monday, June 9. (image via @majaxella on Twitter)

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Iowa set to join Battle 4 Atlantis field

The Iowa men’s basketball team will be announced sometime this week as the eighth team scheduled to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The preseason tournament is held at Atlantis Resorts in Nassau, Bahamas. This year’s tourney is Nov. 28-30. CBSSports.com senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman first reported the news. Iowa joins a field that includes Kansas, Tennessee, UNLV, USC, Villanova, Wake Forest and Xavier. Kansas and Villanova made the NCAA tournament this past season. The Hawkeyes were originally scheduled to play in the Great Alaska Shootout, but Wisconsin-Green Bay took their spot upon Atlantis’ invitation to fill the … Continued

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The Iowa football team announced several staff changes on Thursday afternoon. After the departure of Erik Campbell in December, there are four other coaches coming and going. Running backs coach Lester Erb and defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson have left to pursue other jobs while Bobby Kennedy is the new receivers coach and Jim Reid has been named a defensive assistant. Erb and Wilson were long rumored to be leaving the Hawkeyes, but there was no official release on the matter until today. They were on head coach Kirk Ferentz’ staff for 13 and 11 years, respectively. Kennedy replaces Campbell … Continued

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Former Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid is reportedly interviewing at Iowa today. The interview was first reported over the weekend by 247Sports. On Friday night, FootballScoop.com tweeted that Reid — along with former Colorado receivers coach Bobby Kennedy — “will likely join the staff.” Reid was fired Dec. 2 as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Virginia; the Cavaliers went 4-8 in 2012. Reid led the Cavaliers to a No. 31 national ranking in total defense at 353 yards per game. The question is where does Reid fit in on the Iowa coaching staff. Head coach Kirk Ferentz has announced … Continued

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Thursday night was a must win for the Iowa men’s basketball team. For a squad that has NCAA Tournament aspirations come March, a loss on Thursday would have virtually eliminated the Hawkeyes from that conversation. Lose to Penn State — a team that arrived in Iowa City with a winless Big Ten record — and you simply lose relevancy. Although sluggish at times, the Hawkeyes (14-7, 3-5 Big Ten) were able to hold off the Nittany Lions (8-13, 0-9) in the second half and win, 76-67, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. So, Iowa succeeded at remaining relevant. Even if it is only … Continued

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