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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post.
Tuesday night on “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine sat down with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. For the first time in Ferentz’s 14 years at Iowa, his staff encountered its share of change, including a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis) and defensive coordinator (Phil Parker). Also, Ferentz’s son, Brian Ferentz, was tabbed to coach the offensive line, among other changes. See the new-look Hawkeyes’ spring practice at noon ET on BTN.com. Until then, watch our interview with Ferentz.
Who is the longest-tenured coach at his Big Ten school? It’s Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who is entering his 14th season in Iowa City. And as he embarks on another spring practice, he faces a unique set of challenges he never before has encountered. Chief among the challenges is developing chemistry on a coaching staff that long has been a beacon of stability but has been shaken up like never before on Ferentz’s watch. On top of the staff overhaul, Ferentz also has some key personnel issues to deal with this spring. I caught up with the Iowa coach this week to discuss those issues—and others.
Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse at 7 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley, and Tim Doyle discuss which Big Ten team could land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament. Plus, see our interview with Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, check out our latest “Who Ya Got?” segment, and learn why Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz recently jumped into an ice-cold lake. We’ve got the YouTube clip of Ferentz’s big splash in this post.
(HawkeyeSports.com) University of Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest tenured head football coach in the Big Ten Conference, reiterated Tuesday his long-term plans to remain the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes.