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Marc Morehouse

Hi, I'm Marc Morehouse. I've covered sports for more than 15 years, mostly in Eastern Iowa. I've had Hayden Fry call me "Mike." I've had Chad Greenway call me "Mr." And Kirk Ferentz will occasionally call me "bleep." (Kidding, kidding.) I have fun with the blog. I've made some great connections with a few readers and hope to continue that. Ultimately, I want to know what you want to know. Thanks for reading.

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Iowa football recalibrates for Black Friday

IOWA CITY - The push is always for the best possible end. Setbacks cause recalibration and that becomes less and less palatable with each successive setback.

After the ... »

Purdue went for it with the wind at Iowa

IOWA CITY - It's the time of year you look at a player and you kind of just say, "Go for it, dude."

Really, that's what Purdue wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou was going into Saturday. He was just kind of a guy. Yes, the senior from Paris, France ... »

Purdue 24, Iowa 15 — Season-maker for the Boilermakers

IOWA CITY - When Matt VandeBerg fumbled a punt in the fourth quarter he returned to the sideline with one coach offering a hand slap while quarterback Nate Stanley threw an arm around him.

Purdue kicked a field goal. Cheers and boos echoed off t ... »

Watch: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa players on loss to Purdue

Postgame video from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz (above) and five Hawkeyes (playlist below) after Saturday's 24-15 loss to Purdue at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa is now 6-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten ahead of Friday's regular-season finale at Nebrask ... »

Watch: Week 12 college football picks on On Iowa Gameday, including Iowa-Purdue

Iowa is a 7.5 point favorite for Senior Day against Purdue at Kinnick Stadium. After an unusual two weeks that saw the Hawkeyes beat Ohio State 55-24 before losing at Wisconsin, 38-14, what's in the store for the Hawkeyes this week?

The Gazette' ... »

Josey Jewell's Iowa life

IOWA CITY - Poop was always going to be part of the lore with Josey Jewell. He grew up on a turkey farm outside of Decorah. Poop was always going to be part of the story.

Giggle, giggle, he said poop. You know this is a significant chapter in a ...

Connections between football and being raised on a turkey farm on the Upper Iowa River, 14-year-old Jewell probably wishes he had a helmet and gloves for the loading of the turkeys.

It's 3 or 4 in the afternoon. You have to wait until evening to ...

Robert Jewell was a stud fullback for Decorah High School in 1947. He was recruited by Iowa and headed that way. Before he arrived, a brain tumor was discovered. He spent a few months in the hospital. Doctors said he wouldn't live to see 60. Robert Jewe ...

Some of this stuff, no, it just doesn't fit with being an all-Big Ten linebacker. It fits under a daredevil's job description.

There was the giant slip-n-slide. The Jewells set that up on their land a couple of different years. Big hill, fast ri ...

Josey Jewell is on an NFL path. He looked into it after last season, didn't like what he heard and came back for his senior season. He'll graduate with an environmental studies/business degree. He made an entrepreneurial class project into ... »

On Iowa Podcast: Making sense of 66 yards, previewing Purdue and senior day

After Iowa football went from one extreme (55-24 win over Ohio State) to the other (gaining 66 yards in a 38-14 loss at Wisconsin) in a span of two weeks, The Gazette's Marc Morehouse and Mike Hlas explain what happened on this edition of the On Iowa Po ... »

Iowa football #MusterOneUp Mailbag: Throwing back 8-4? Maybe take another look

The theme this week is "putting your finger on the problem." Good luck with that.

That was one 38-14, historically bad offensive output against a College Football Playoff contender a week after punching another College Football Playoff contender ... »

2-Minute Drill: Purdue Boilermakers at Iowa Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY - The faint Big Ten West Division title chase officially ended for the Hawkeyes last week at Camp Randall.

Now what?

Keep Purdue (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) down. Most improved team in the Big Ten? It's going to be tough to beat Michiga ... »

Ike Boettger, Boone Myers pass the Iowa offensive tackle baton

IOWA CITY - In case you were wondering, yes, you totally can tell when an Achilles tendon ruptures. In fact, it's unmistakable.

"I honestly knew right away that it was probably the end," Iowa senior offensive tackle Ike Boettger said. "I'd heard ... »

Purdue 24, Iowa 15 — Season-maker for the Boilermakers
IOWA CITY - When Matt VandeBerg fumbled a punt in the fourth quarter he returned to the sideline with one coach offering a hand slap while quarterback ... »
Watch: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa players on loss to Purdue
Postgame video from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz (above) and five Hawkeyes (playlist below) after Saturday's 24-15 loss to Purdue at Kinnick Stadium.I ... »
Ike Boettger, Boone Myers pass the Iowa offensive tackle baton
IOWA CITY - In case you were wondering, yes, you totally can tell when an Achilles tendon ruptures. In fact, it's unmistakable. "I honestly knew righ ... »
Iowa Hawkeyes do the senior day dance and/or cry
IOWA CITY - The season has reached the senior day ritual. Meet your mom and dad at midfield and then go punch Purdue in the face. Nah, that's not an ... »
No. 8 Wisconsin 38, No. 20 Iowa 14 — All fall down
MADISON, Wis. - A week after climbing Mount Everest, the Hawkeyes fell down a well and still might be falling. Past oil. Past dinosaur bones. All the ... »
Not a lot of bling with Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley
IOWA CITY - You see a quarterback perform at the level Nate Stanley has in big games for the Hawkeyes this year and you wonder how that happened. You ... »
Iowa, Wisconsin is bloody knuckles and fullbacks
IOWA CITY - The Hawkeyes and the Badgers engage in their annual bloody knuckles-o-rama this weekend. It's a game where yards are precious and your wei ... »
Coolly, calmly, Iowa goes ‘Polecat’
IOWA CITY - When you call a fake field goal, you can't sneak out there and you really can't break character. That's the whole point of the "fake" part ... »
The night Iowa ran Urban Meyer out of Kinnick
IOWA CITY - Urban Meyer still wore his headphones when Toren Young bolted for a 34-yard gain to Ohio State's 11 late in the fourth quarter. At this p ... »
Big, dramatic turnaround for Iowa's offensive line
IOWA CITY - There are going to be a lot of stories about Iowa's offensive line this week. And they're going to be good. Upperclassmen Sean Welsh and ... »
Iowa 55, No. 6 Ohio State 24 — The Jewells knew
IOWA CITY - You saw that scrum. It was a lot like the one last year when the quarterback lost his helmet and it ended up being passed around in downto ... »
Watch: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa players on win over Ohio State
Hear from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz (above) and 10 Hawkeyes (playlist below) after their 55-24 beatdown of No. 6 Ohio State Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.The Hawkeyes are now 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. Ohio State is 7-2, 5-1. »
Brian Ferentz incident given the all clear
IOWA CITY - The press box cursing incident from last weekend appears officially appears to be over.Iowa athletics director Gary Barta and Iowa offensi ... »
Iowa Hawkeyes love their alternative uniforms ...
IOWA CITY - If sarcasm were water, Kirk Ferentz would've drowned everyone during Tuesday's news conference. After a half-hour of answering questions, ... »
Josh Jackson’s Halloween costume is Josh Jackson
IOWA CITY - The pig game was maddening in how close it was, but in the end, the game was Iowa's. At this point, you'd probably hire Iowa's defense to ... »
Iowa's Manny Rugamba getting back to his standard
IOWA CITY - Manny Rugamba's 2017 season feels like a gear bag sitting on a hotel chair. It's day three of the vacation and the bag remains unzipped. ... »
Iowa 17, Minnesota 10 — Hawkeyes get the bronze (pig)
IOWA CITY - On the field, it once again was a staring contest for Iowa's offense. Credit where credit is due, though, the Hawkeyes picked things up in ... »
Get to know Iowa special teams fixture Kevin Ward
IOWA CITY - The Ward family is, simply put, a bunch of doers. Brian Ward is the dad. He played football at the University of Illinois. Iowa head coac ... »
Mixed injury news for Iowa football
IOWA CITY - You kept kind of waiting to watch Josey Jewell trick coaches and trainers - hey, is that a baby wolf? - jump on the field at Northwestern ... »
Hawkeyes are still here, maybe you are and maybe not
EVANSTON, Ill., - Northwestern's Ryan Field doesn't really have a postgame area. The opposing coach conducts his news conference in a random room in t ... »
Northwestern 17, Iowa 10 (OT) — Down to the last drop
EVANSTON, Ill., - It was a game of chicken. Played in recliners. Powered by fans. There were few beautiful offensive breakout moments in Northwestern ... »
Josey Jewell injury did finally bite Iowa
EVANSTON, Ill., - It's OK to admit that when you learned Josey Jewell would miss Saturday's game, your knees buckled and maybe you ended up in the fet ... »