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Chad Leistikow


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Recent articles by Chad:

Super Bowl: Inside tight end George Kittle's transformation from solid player to 49ers star

The signs of George Kittle's eventual breakout were always there. His parents and Iowa coaches detail the backstory of his rise to NFL megastar. → Read More

Iowa basketball manager has life saved by swift-acting trainer at Hawkeyes practice

Swift-acting University of Iowa men's basketball athletic trainer Brad Floy saved the life of a team manager after he went into cardiac arrest. → Read More

Leistikow: In-depth with Ed Podolak, 50 years after Super Bowl season with Kansas City Chiefs

In a one-on-one interview with Chad Leistikow, Podolak also reveals his retirement plan from Iowa football broadcasts. → Read More

Leistikow: Now that he's eligible, what should the Hawkeyes expect from Oliver Martin?

Chad Leistikow goes through the layers of importance of the NCAA/Big Ten ruling on Oliver Martin and outlines expectations for the 2019 season. → Read More

Oliver Martin's waiver approved for immediate eligibility at Iowa

The Michigan transfer now has three years of remaining eligibility, starting with Saturday's season opener against Miami of Ohio. → Read More

Leistikow: The many candidates to be Phil Parker's next great Iowa defensive back

Josh Jackson (2017) and Amani Hooker (2018) were largely unknown the year before being named Big Ten defensive back of the year. Who's next at Iowa? → Read More

Iowa football's championship checklist, Part 2: The defense

Part 2 of Chad Leistikow's three-part series that ties into the start of fall camp focuses on Iowa's 4-2-5 scheme and how the roster is being shaped. → Read More

Big Ten football bold predictions: Michigan gets to title game ... and loses?

Big Ten football writers in the USA TODAY Sports Network predict what will happen in the conference this season, including Michigan stumbling in Indy. → Read More

Big Ten media days are over. Here are our top takeaways

USA TODAY Sports Network writers offer their top takeaway from Big Ten media days in Chicago. → Read More

Here's what Big Ten football coaches said about divisional realignment

The USA TODAY Sports Network surveyed Big Ten football coaches about potential realignment of the conferences → Read More

Here's how Michigan's Jim Harbaugh would change NCAA transfer portal

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and other Big Ten coaches offer suggestions to fixing the NCAA's transfer portal. → Read More

Big Ten football predictions 2019: Can Michigan finally win the Big Ten? MSU, Iowa anyone?

Jim Harbaugh and Michigan? Kirk Ferentz and Iowa? The Big Ten title is there for the taking in 2019. Here's our best guess: → Read More

2019 Big Ten football predictions: Can Michigan finally beat Ohio State?

Jim Harbaugh and Michigan? Kirk Ferentz and Iowa? Ryan Day and Ohio State? The Big Ten title is there for the taking in 2019. Here's our best guess: → Read More

Hawkeyes to wear alternate gold jerseys Oct. 12 against Penn State

The Hawkeyes and Penn State will face off in the Black and Gold Spirit game on Oct. 12 at Kinnick Stadium. → Read More

How Iowan Brett Moffitt won Sunday's truck race at Iowa Speedway without leading a lap

Grimes native Brett Moffitt was drinking his sorrows away, thinking he had taken a frustrating second-place finish to Ross Chastain. → Read More

Leistikow: Why Iowa's Kirk Ferentz is feeling sharper, fresher in his mid-60s

Kirk Ferentz's recent trip to a Dave Matthews Band concert sets the backdrop for how he approaches football, life and coaching longevity. → Read More

Leistikow: Bakari Evelyn 'not coming to save' Hawkeyes, but his commitment is a big deal

In an interview with the Register, Evelyn explains why he is becoming the first graduate transfer of the Fran McCaffery era. → Read More

Leistikow: Thoughts on Michigan's Oliver Martin entering NCAA transfer portal

Why do we care so much about Oliver Martin? And would he be a good fit at Iowa? Chad Leistikow examines all angles of the Michigan WR's decision. → Read More

Iowa football: Kickoff times revealed for seven Hawkeye games in 2019

Just like that, more than half of Iowa's 2019 football schedule has been assigned kickoff times. → Read More

His NFL dreams fell apart. So former Iowa star Drew Ott is building a new life on the farm

In 2015, former Iowa Hawkeyes football star Drew Ott was "on top of the world." Gruesome injuries killed his NFL dream, so now he's adjusting to new reality as a farmer. → Read More