Could Iowa's Drew Ott get a fifth season of eligibility? Nebraska looks like it upgraded their pass coverage defense. There is QB news at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Plus, No Big Ten school inked a better collection of wideouts than Michigan State. Let's get into all of Friday's Big Ten headlines now.
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. You wouldn’t expect a mountain of a man — strapped into football hardware and ready to take on a rival — to look to a little girl for motivation. But this is no ordinary little girl. She’s Laila Walton, and she’s a Hawkeye Kid Captain. In 2014, Laila was diagnosed with hypokalemic periodic paralysis, a rare condition that results in episodes of
In 2015, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has embraced change in college football and it's paying off for the Hawkeyes this season. "The big thing is before we change anything," Ferentz said recently, "we want to make sure we’re making the right changes." BTN.com's Tom Dienhart takes a look at the veteran football coach and his 5-0 Hawkeyes, and watch a one-on-one interview with BTN's Rick Pizzo.
Here’s Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz’s full media conference from Big Ten Football Media Days. BTN/BTN2Go will provide more than 13 hours of live coverage, more than double last year’s total, at the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, Thursday and Friday at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. [tweet https://twitter.com/IowaOnBTN/status/626822186645372928]
Kirk Ferentz is the dean of Big Ten coaches as he enters his 17th season at the helm at Iowa. But the program finds itself at a bit of crossroads. Check out our Q&A with the Iowa coach inside.
Kirk Ferentz will have plenty of veteran talent to work with as he embarks on his 17th season at Iowa. The defense has remained a steady force in recent years; the offense has been inconsistent. To that end, Ferentz tweaked his staff by naming his son Brian the run-game coordinator in addition. Brian will also remain coach of the offensive line, a mainstay unit on any Iowa team. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s other spring previews ] The offense also has both quarterbacks returning, but the Hawkeyes need to establish go-to players at wideout and running back. Here’s a look at
Big Ten fans aren’t shy about showing their school pride. There’s an Iowa fan who has taken this practice to another level. Check out the giant Kirk Ferentz tattoo on one calf and the massive Hayden Fry tattoo on the other! Get our latest Gone Viral posts: Don't ask me how I found this. Just enjoy… pic.twitter.com/pdsQrfpIDI — Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) September 22, 2014 Turns out the guy with the Ferentz calf tat has Fry on his other leg (via @cbkrebsbach) pic.twitter.com/bzxi5WM4IF — Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) September 22, 2014 Impressive, no? Even more impressive: Ferentz and Fry represent Iowa’s only
As Iowa prepares to face Nebraska this weekend, Kirk Ferentz will be extra focused on the important rivalry game. Representing the University of Iowa well, on and off the field, is something Ferentz stresses with all of his players, and it’s something he practices as much as he preaches. On Nov. 15, the Iowa Football Legacy Campaign announced that Kirk and Mary Ferentz made a gift of $500,000. Since its inception, more than $34 million has been raised for the Campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $35 million that will support two key projects for the Hawkeye football program:
Despite the result, last year’s Iowa-Iowa State rivalry game was one of the more exciting Big Ten games of the 2011 season. The two rivals meet again Saturday afternoon, and we’ll have it on BTN/BTN2Go. Iowa has won the last four games between the two rivals at Kinnick Stadium, however it’s Iowa State who brings the Cy-Hawk Trophy into Iowa City. On Tuesday night’s “#BTNLive,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz stopped by to discuss the new Cy-Hawk Trophy and Saturday’s game. Did you hear Ferentz’s weekly teleconference? If not, here you go: And check out Tuesday’s entire #BTNLive episode: And here
Kirk Ferentz is a happy man. Yes, he has a revamped staff around him entering the 2012 season, but he also has all three of his sons in the same city for the first time since 2005. Another first: every Ferentz boy is an official member of the Iowa program. The oldest son, Brian, returned to Iowa City this past offseason as the offensive line coach; the middle son, James, is back for his senior season; and the youngest, Steven, is a freshman tight end. See a picture of the Ferentz family in this post. On top of the family