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Iowa safety Brandon Snyder pleads guilty to drunk driving charge

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Iowa safety Brandon Snyder was arrested for drunk driving in December. Nearly two months later, Snyder formally pleaded guilty to the charge.

As part of the plea deal, according to a local report from KCRG, Snyder will not have to spend any time in jail as long as he follows through in participating in a weekend program at a community college.

Per the report out of Iowa City;

Court documents show 22-year-old Brandon Snyder entered the plea Friday. As part of a plea agreement, Snyder will avoid a two-day jail sentence by participating in the Kirkwood Community College OWI Weekend Program. Snyder is also subject to a $1,250 fine.

Snyder was arrested after failing a breathalyzer test with a .163 BAC reading. That is more than twice the legal limit in the state of Iowa. Snyder was found by police outside of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium at the time of the arrest.

Kirk Ferentz reaches settlement in road dispute case with neighbors

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College football’s friendliest coach this side of Mike Riley is no longer warring with his neighbors. Not in the court system, at least.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife Mary have reached a settlement agreement with their neighbors in a years-long dispute over the type of dispute Next Door was created to chronicle. Three families living alongside Saddle Club Road in Iowa City, Iowa, had accused the Ferentzes of refusing to join their homeowners association and ignored a $9,500 assessment for road repairs along the group’s shared easement. The neighbors also complained that the Ferentzes erected fencing, trees and landscaping at the edge of their property as privacy measures.

The neighbors accused the Ferentzes of being “literally free-riders” for allegedly failing to contribute for the upkeep of their shared road.

Kirk Ferentz was scheduled to testify in the trial, but the parties came to a settlement on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Terms were not disclosed.

“The neighbors will all be glad to resolve this matter without a trial,” Mark Roberts, attorney for the Ferentz couple, said.

Iowa’s Ryan Boyle transferring from Hawkeyes

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For the second time this offseason, Iowa has lost a quarterback to transfer.

The Hawkeyes announced in a press release Friday that Ryan Boyle has decided to leave Kirk Ferentz‘s football program. While not specified, it’s believed a search for a better opportunity at playing time was the trigger for the move.

“Ryan is a hard worker, a good teammate, and a good student,” said Ferentz in a statement. “We wish Ryan academic and athletic success in the future.”

Boyle, a native of the state, came to the Hawkeyes as a quarterback, moved to wide receiver in spring practice of 2016, and then moved back to the quarterback position the following year. Despite all of that positional jockeying, Boyle played in just one game during his time with the Hawkeyes, and didn’t see the field at all this past season.

A three-star member of Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class, Boyle, the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior, was rated as the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Iowa. Only four signees in Iowa’s 21-member class that year were rated higher than Boyle.

Boyle will graduate from the university in May and would be eligible to play at another FBS school in 2018 if that’s the route he chooses to take. The 6-2, 215-pound redshirt sophomore will have two years of eligibility at his disposal.

Rutgers names ex-Iowa lineman Corey Brown as DL coach

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A former Big Ten football player has returned to the conference as an assistant coach.

Corey Brown, Rutgers confirmed via a press release, has been named as the Scarlet Knights’ new defensive line coach. Brown played at Iowa from 1995-99, starting 11 games as a senior his last season with the Hawkeyes.

RU’s offensive line coach, AJ Blazek, was Brown’s teammate in 1999 at UI.

“I am excited to welcome Corey to our program,” said head coach Chris Ash. “He is a great teacher and outstanding person. Our players will benefit from his playing and coaching experience.”

Prior to joining RU, Brown was the line coach at Miami of Ohio from 2014-17. His first job at the FBS level came at Notre Dame as a defensive graduate assistant (2012-13).

Iowa pair raises $13,000 for Iowa Children’s Hospital by auctioning off all-black uniforms from Ohio State upset

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There are two things that Iowa fans will remember about the 2017 season. First, it was the season in which everyone’s new favorite tradition, the end–of-the-first-quarter wave to the nearby University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, started.

The second is for the Hawkeyes’ 55-24 blowout of Ohio State. That Nov. 4 day will go down as one of the most randomly fun days in Hawkeye history. Ohio State rolled into Iowa City riding a 5-game winning streak over Iowa, without a loss to the Hawkeyes since 2004. The Buckeyes had just beaten then-No. 2 Penn State in a thrilling, come-from-behind victory a week prior. Iowa was 5-3.

The score was knotted at 17-17 20 minutes in, but Iowa ripped off 31 straight points, throwing for 244 yards and rushing for 243 while intercepting J.T. Barrett four times. The win didn’t significantly change Iowa’s season — in fact, the Hawkeyes dropped their next two games after this — but it did knock Ohio State and the entire Big Ten out of the College Football Playoff.

And they did it while wearing snazzy all-black alternate uniforms.

Two Hawkeyes players decided to combine those two elements into something good. Defensive backs Josh Jackson and Miles Taylor decided to auction off their helmet, jersey and cleats from that game, with all the proceeds going to the UI Children’s Hospital.

The entire auction played out on Twitter, with the winning bid rising to $13,000, given by an anonymous bidder.

Before you ask, both players have exhausted their eligibility, so Iowa is not at risk for an NCAA violation here. And just the thought that a school or two of its players could get in trouble for doing something so creative and selfless is a sad commentary on where the NCAA stands in the first place.