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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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Makeda Scott

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

Changes to the Spring Game Don’t Change the Questions about the Hawks By Ben Colin Iowa City, Iowa – Not your typical Friday night lights. First off, it’s a mild spring evening, not a chilly fall night. Second, this was a Hawkeye football game of 16,500 people instead of a local high school. Third, the final score; Gold (defense) beat Black (offense) 63-47. The high scoring affair under the lights that combined to a grand total of 110 points. The missing detail, one team scored on nearly every play, in one way or another. The Hawkeyes spring game uses an … Continued

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IOWA CITY, IA—Last night the unranked Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4, 4-3) took down the undefeated #3 ranked Michigan Wolverines (9-1, 6-1) on a Keith Duncan game winning field goal. Duncan’s kick sent Kinnick Field into a frenzy; the players piled on Duncan, and the 70,000 fans in attendance were right behind them. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said about the moment, “To have 70,000 of our best friends with us, that was fantastic.” It was a great night for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and a fantastic night for one Hawkeye in particular, Akrum Wadley. The junior has often been plagued with ball security … Continued

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – It was a typical Wisconsin vs. Iowa football game at Kinnick Stadium today as the Badgers escape with a 17-9 win on the road. In this classic B1G West battle, defense was the focal point for both teams, and the ever-present physicality of the rivalry was on display as the offenses struggled to put up points. The Hawkeyes had to deal with #10 Wisconsin’s running back Corey Clements, who led all rushers with a career-high 35 rushes for 134 yards and a touchdown. For the most part, the Hawkeyes held Clements in check, as he only … Continued

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA- Media members swarmed the L.A. Hotel Downtown today to get their questions answered. It was media day for both the Stanford Cardinals and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Media had access to not only the starters but the entire roster, including Freshmen. It was an opportunity to get to know some of the players who are not as well known to the public. Of course there were the football questions but media day also provided a refreshing element of being casual. Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills California is home of the annual Beef Bowl, a night of … Continued

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Not a lot of offense. That was the theme during Saturday’s second quarter in Memorial Stadium. Iowa leads Indiana at halftime, 14-10. The Hawkeyes had multiple three-and-outs and couldn’t sustain a drive until the final few minutes. Even then, Iowa could not put points on the board. The Black and Gold accumulated just 34 total yards in the quarter. There have been a couple injuries today: senior corner Micah Hyde and sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Walsh have both left the game. Both players’ status is unknown. Iowa’s defensive line — made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores … Continued

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After dropping its past two games in convincing fashion, Iowa struck first on Saturday. The Hawkeyes scored about eight minutes into the game following a very efficient offensive drive of six plays for 72 yards. Quarterback James Vandenberg hit receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley for a 24-yard touchdown pass along the sidelines to put Iowa on the board. On Indiana’s first play from scrimmage following Iowa’s drive — and supplanting starter Cam Coffman with Nate Sudfeld at quarterback — linebacker Chris Kirksey intercepted Sudfeld and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Kirksey now has two interceptions returned for touchdowns this season. … Continued

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