Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz values new recruiting director’s credentials

RIVERSIDE — There’s nothing about Tyler Barnes’ credentials that suggests he’s underqualified to rejoin Iowa’s football staff.After three years of experience recruiting in the cutthroat Southeastern Conference, Barnes left Vanderbilt to become Iowa’s director of on-campus recruiting. Under two different head coaches, Barnes was Vanderbilt’s co-recruiting coordinator...

Iowa’s Ferentz to reference online videos when speaking with players

RIVERSIDE — When it comes to limiting social media with talented young athletes, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz might be on to something.Ferentz continues to bar his players from Twitter, which some people might consider drastic. But when a video leaked of Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil smoking marijuana just minutes before the NFL draft last week, well, Ferentz’s opinion might...

Iowa rehires Kirk Ferentz's son-in-law for staff position

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa has rehired the son-in-law of football coach Kirk Ferentz to a staff position three years after he departed following questions of nepotism. Iowa announced Friday that Tyler Barnes would be the team's new director of recruiting. The 30-year-old Barnes had been working as an assistant at Vanderbilt since 2013. Barnes was hired in 2012 to work as an entry...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

All-American 4-Star Running Back Eno Benjamin Announces Commitment To Iowa

Iowa is coming off of one of its best seasons under Kirk Ferentz, and it appears to be having an impact on the recruiting trail. The Hawkeyes just picked up a huge commitment from running back Eno Benjamin, a four-star recruit and U.S. Army All-American. He made the announcement via Twitter. Excited to announce I am officially committing to the University of Iowa!#SWARM https:/...
Via College Spun
17 days ago  |  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

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, 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 the loser of that Big...
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 the...
Via The Student Section
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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