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Iowa signs intriguing 2016 class after Rose Bowl run

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz built his program on finding unheralded players with versatility, strong leadership skills and plenty of room to develop. The Hawkeyes brought in another recruiting class Wednesday that looks like a classic Ferentz haul. Iowa signed 24 players who all seem to have a similar profile. Nearly all of them are considered three-star recruits...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Stanford obliterates Iowa from start to finish in the Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl likes its own time slot, but even its committee had to be wishing it could move the Sugar Bowl up in starting time just to have something interesting to watch. Stanford dismantled Iowa from the very beginning (literally, a 75-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey on the first play of the game) to end, which arrived sometime in the second quarter, one that saw...
Via The Comeback
January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Kirk Ferentz wins 2015 Dodd Trophy

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has had one of the best seasons of all coaches this year. He led the Hawkeyes to a school record 12-0 season, the Big Ten West championship, and a spot in the Rose Bowl against Stanford. He has had one of the most improbable seasons of all coaches and he was recently recognized for it. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Ferentz won the Dodd Trophy...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Kirk Ferentz is the right man for Iowa, and not just because of this season

Kirk Ferentz has been infamous among the college football pundit world for being an unfireable (I know, I know, I made up a word) coach. He parlayed success early in his coaching career into a buyout the university could not afford, and everyone knew it. His critics pointed out that since then, he produced nowhere near the same level of results which justified the contract. For years...
Via The Student Section
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Through no fault of his own, Kirk Ferentz faces a defining Rose Bowl

Some coaches step into a cauldron of bowl-game pressure because their teams are doubted. To a certain extent, this is the situation Kirk Ferentz of Iowa enters as he prepares his team for the 2016 Rose Bowl against Stanford. Yet, while doubt forms a part of the backdrop to the Granddaddy, the bigger and more central reason Iowa has a lot to prove is that the Hawkeyes’ season is...
Via The Student Section
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Kirk Ferentz Stands To Make $1.85M In Additional Bonuses If Iowa Wins National Title

Iowa is easily the most surprising team in College Football Playoff contention, and head coach Kirk Ferentz stands to benefit in a major way if the Hawkeyes continue their undefeated streak.  According to a terrific article by USA Today‘s Steve Berkowitz, Ferentz can potentially make $1.85M in additional bonuses if he leads the Hawkeyes to a national title (a No. 1 ranking). ...
Via College Spun
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Ohio State still has a chance at playing in the Rose Bowl

With the final weekend of college football’s pre-bowl season on tap for this weekend, the College Football Playoff picture is coming into focus. If Clemson wins, they will be in. The same with Alabama. Oklahoma looks to be on solid ground, while the victor in this week’s Big Ten Championship Game between Iowa and Michigan State appears to be in as well. But what happens to...
Via The Comeback
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz named Big Ten Coach Of The Year

It should come as no surprise, but the head coach of the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten–Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz–has been named Coach of the Year, by both the media and the coaches.  The Hawkeyes are the No. 4 team in the country heading into the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, with a chance to clinch one of the four payoff spots with a win. Nobody expected...
Via College Spun
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s time to give the Iowa Hawkeyes due respect

I’ll admit it. I’m done. I’m done discounting this Iowa team. Week after week, I keep looking for it to stumble and prove me right, showing that a team without the type of athlete that passes the eye test can’t continue to do what it does week, after week, after week. Yet, it never happened. Not once in the regular season. It seems I wasn’t the only one. Almost...
Via The Student Section
November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

How good is Iowa? We might not know until December

Kirk Ferentz and Iowa do this from time to time. The smarter people on our staff seem to have seen this ahead of time. Iowa is just sort of “there” every college football season. Here and there, when he loses just enough, people start complaining about Ferentz’s salary of $4 million, one of the top 15 in the nation. Iowa has been smart, though, rather than jumping at...
Via The Student Section
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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