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Latest Marcus Coker News

Dienhart: Coker released from scholarship

News that Iowa running back Marcus Coker has asked for his release from his scholarship is bad news for the Hawkeyes. The sophomore, who was suspended for Iowa’s Insight Bowl matchup with Oklahoma for violating team rules, was one of the Big Ten’s top backs, ranking second in the league in rushing (115.3 ypg). He ran 281 times for 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns, bringing a tough, physical presence to the Hawkeye rushing attack after bursting on the scene at the end of 2010. Coker’s departure means Iowa will be without two of its top three rushers from 2011. Earlier, Iowa

Insight Bowl Preview: Iowa vs. OU

For the second consecutive season, Kirk Ferentz and Iowa are headed back to the Insight Bowl. A season ago, the Hawkeyes upset Missouri in Tempe, Ariz., and now they will try to do the same against Oklahoma on December 30. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the game, gives his keys and offers his prediction. See it all in this post. Also, view our entire 2011-12 bowl schedule. IOWA (7-5) VS. OKLAHOMA (9-3), FRIDAY AT  10 P.M. ET ON ESPN Storyline: Iowa is back in the Insight Bowl for a second season in a row looking for a chance

Dienhart: Iowa suspends Coker for Insight Bowl

Iowa star running back Marcus Coker has been suspended for the Insight Bowl for disciplinary reasons, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. According to the school, the issue involves University of Iowa policies and has resulted in Coker being in violation of the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. Losing Coker is a big blow for Iowa as it preps to play Oklahoma on December 30. The sophomore was second in the Big Ten in rushing with 1,384 yards (115.3 ypg) and 15 touchdowns. The 6-0, 230-pound back was a bruising runner who moved the chains. He also was a workhorse, pacing

Dienhart: Iowa 2011 Season Recap

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up next: Iowa. The Hawkeyes finished 7-5 overall and are headed to another bowl. Watch our video from the Hawkeyes’ victory over Michigan now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post, then tell us what you think in the comments section. Did you miss the earlier recaps for Illinois and Indiana? Those recaps are over here. IOWA Record: 7-5 overall; 4-4 Big Ten