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Don Lund

The year is 1982

Hawk Talk

In 1982, the first CDs were sold in Japan, the Weather Channel was on cable TV for the first time and the Iowa Hawkeye football team, which had its first winning season in 20 years in 1981, went 8-4, 6-2 in the Big Ten.
You could buy a gallon of gas for 91¢ and a US postage stamp cost 20¢.
In entertainment, Michael Jackson released his second album, “Thriller.”
E.T., Rocky III and On Golden Pond were the top movies.

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Hawkeye Men’s basketball wrap up

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeyes finished Fran McCaffery’s sixth season with a 22-11 record, 12-8 in the Big Ten, which tied the Hawks for third place.
For the first time under coach Fran, the Hawkeyes finished the season ranked in the top 25 as they finished 25th in the nation.
Iowa made the NCAA tournament for the third time in a row for the first time since 1991-93.
Iowa swept Michigan and Michigan State for the first time since 1954. (The year I was born!)

Hawkeye women’s wrap-up

Hawk Talk

Lisa Bluder has been the head coach of the Hawkeye women for 16 years.
The Hawks made the postseason (including last year in the WNIT) in 15 of those years.
Iowa finished the season 19-14, 8-10 in the Big Ten, and according to most basketball analysts, were one win away from getting into the NCAA tournament.
It would have been the ninth straight for the Hawkeyes, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Former Hawkeye basketball player to open youth gym in Tiffin

TIFFIN– When Darryl Moore came to the University of Iowa in 1993 little did he know he would not only get a chance to walk on the basketball team, but he would earn a scholarship, become a two-year starter and earn the Chris Street award, an award that exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris, a former Hawkeye basketball player who died in a car wreck on Jan. 19, 1993.
Now Moore, who has been in medical sales for over a dozen years, is seeking to open a gym in Tiffin to work with kids on developing basketball and life skills.

Spring football part four


The last couple of weeks I looked at the Iowa offense, defensive line and linebackers.
This week, I’ll talk about the defensive backs and special teams.

Defensive backs

When you start with Iowa’s defensive backs, it’s a no brainer to start with Desmond King.
Desmond was named consensus All-American, Jim Thorpe winner (which included a Rolex) and won the Jack Tatum award as the best defensive back in America.

Hawkeye defense

Hawk Talk

The last couple of weeks, I talked about the Iowa offense.
The next couple of weeks, I’ll look at the Iowa defense and special teams.
First, I have to comment about Desmond King, Iowa’s All-World defensive back.
When I say All-World, I mean Desmond was a unanimous consensus All-American, won the Jim Thorpe award, won the Jack Tatum award (voted the best defensive back in America), was the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year and unanimous All-Big Ten selection, yet he’s coming back for his senior year.
Good for you Desmond, who promised his Mom he would graduate.

Spring football part two

Hawk Talk

Last week I talked about the offensive line, the tight ends and wide receivers.
This week I’ll look at the quarterbacks, fullbacks and running backs.

Quarterbacks

This is C.J. Beathard’s team.
C.J. earned that by helping the Hawkeyes start the season 12-0, a feat that never happened before in school history.
If you count C.J.’s first start a year before (a 24-10 win at Purdue), the 6-2, 208-pound quarterback from Tennessee won his first 13 games, also an Iowa record.

Spring football

Hawk Talk

Spring football opened for the Iowa Hawkeyes last week and the Hawks look to go into fall as one of the favorites in the Big Ten West.
Iowa finished the season ranked ninth in the nation, the fifth time since 2002 the Hawkeyes finished in the top 10.
Iowa started the season 12-0 for the first time in school history. The 12 wins are a program record. It was the fifth time in school history Iowa has completed an undefeated regular season, the first since 1922.

A season on the brink

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
For the third straight season, the Iowa Hawkeyes got knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament in the first game.
I didn’t see this coming.
I also didn’t see Illinois, which came into the game shooting 36 percent from 3-point range, shooting 44 percent (10-23) against Iowa.
I also didn’t see Anthony Clemmons not scoring a point in the game. He was 0-8 from the floor.
Anthony has started 31 games this year, averages 9.3 points per game and has only been shut-out once before… a 77-66 win over Nebraska.

Finally

The Iowa Hawkeyes snapped a four-game losing streak and beat Michigan, 71-61, last Saturday at Ann Arbor.
Earlier that week, the Hawks lost on senior night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to Big Ten champs Indiana, 81-78.
The Hawks had two chances to put the game into overtime.
Iowa trailed 81-78 with six seconds left but Anthony Clemmons and Peter Jok couldn’t connect and the Hawks lost their fourth straight.
This was another tough one to swallow.

Hawks continue to slide

It wasn’t a fun week for Hawkeye wrestling and basketball fans (like me).
Last Monday, the second-ranked wrestlers lost their first match of the year, 21-17, to fourth-ranked North Carolina State.
Both teams won five matches but NC State had more bonus points.
Then on black (and gold?) Wednesday the women lost at Penn State, 81-68, then the men lost at home to Wisconsin, 67-59.
This is really tough to write about.
I have been a Hawkeye fan since I was 9 years old.

Iowa women still have a chance

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had three games last week.
They entered the week 15-10, 5-8 in the Big Ten and need at least four or five wins to get into the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight year.
That could include a win or two in the Big Ten Tournament.
They are the only Big Ten team to have made the last eight NCAA Tournaments.
That was a huge dagger to start the week off with a last-second 78-76 loss at Minnesota.