Two milestones achieved today for two different coaches who share many similarities in approach, style and class.
To our Penn State friends... congratulations. What Joe Pa has accomplished over the years - not only for your program, but for college football in general - is simply amazing. He got to 400 wins conducting himself, and his program, in what I think nearly everyone in the college football world, coach, student-athlete, fan... would agree is The Right Way.
Setting aside the recent lopsidedness (from the PSU perspective, I'm sure) of the Iowa-Penn State series, I feel quite fortunate that we are playing a team and program that, well, its hard to hate you guys - LOL Make fun of you - yes, in good natured banter, but when we aren't lining up against each other, I root for Penn State to beat their opponent every Saturday and every bowl game. And Joe Pa gets the credit, as far as this fan is concerned, for making you guys, well, just so gosh darn likable. The win for you today made even sweeter in that you guys have struggled during a rebuilding year but are definitely playing better with each game, and to come from so far down - and while yes, it was jNWU, it would have been very easy to give up, but you didn't.
And congratulation to our coach for # 100 today. Iowa had to scrape for that win on a day when the team was not playing well, but, good teams pull out wins in games like this (although a case of dropsy on the final play on the part of the IU WR was extremely helpful). We are not a football factory and KF has had to scrape for most of those 100 wins at Iowa. It is my own personal opinion that I think Ferentz has done a better job *continuing* success at Iowa by building on the foundation Fry put here. Yes, the cupboard was bare when KF took over, but he built on the tradition Fry created, and I think we are a more solid program top to bottom now than we were under Fry, because the Big 10 is more competitive, top to bottom in the 2000s IMHO than it was in the 80s and early to mid 90s.
Anyway, I wanted to put this thread up so these coaching accomplishments could possibly generate some discussion, but also because I feel that the Iowa and Penn State programs share so many similarities and admiration for each other and all that other warm fuzzy bunny slipper shit.