It was retweeted by Hawkeye Insider's Rob Howe and after receiving grief he offered Twitter followers an apology. Howe Tweeted, "Sorry. I guess I unknowingly F'd up. It was not intentional," It turns out that the joke was just ahead of the curve. Soon after, the Twitter account of Peter King, Jay Glazer and others began reporting that Ferentz is one of the leading candidates.
Adam Teicher, of the Sporting News, lists Ferentz along with Jeff Fisher and Josh McDaniels as leading candidates.
Patrick Allen, of Arrowhead Addict, writes that GM Scott Pioli is telling people that Ferentz is the leader.
Blair Kerkhoff, of the Kansas City Star, writes that one candidate stands out, Kirk Ferentz.
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, writes that Pioli will "likely will hire someone he knows." That someone may be Ferentz.
So, the talk is real and I expect Ferentz to address this soon. It's peak time for recruiting and Iowa will host several recruits this weekend. Surely Iowa's potential targets will like to know if Ferentz is going to be their coach. One verbal commit, Laron Taylor, has already expressed this via his Twitter account:
In other coaching search news, Ohio State hired their defensive coordinator, or co-coordinator. The Buckeyes hired Everett Withers, former interim head coach at North Carolina. Why does this matter? Well, that's another place Mike Stoops was rumored to be a top candidate. Stoops' name has been linked all over but he's yet to ink a deal. It's still unlikely that he ends up at Iowa but the door is still open, at least it's cracked a little.
On the recruiting trail, the top prospect in Illinois switched his verbal commitment from Penn State to Ohio State. Tommy Schutt was rumored to be interested in Iowa but a weekend visit to Ohio State won him over. Schutt commited to Penn State prior to the Sandusky scandal and opened up his recruitment shortly after the news broke out of Happy Valley.
Rob Howe tweeted last night that Iowa had an offer out to a JUCO quarterback. Cody Sokol is a 6'2", 205 pound QB that will graduate from Scottsdale Community College this month. He plans to visit Iowa City on Saturday.
Sokol had impressive numbers this season passing for 3807 yards and 43 touchdowns. He could be the coaching staffs attempt to fill A.J. Derby's former spot at quarterback. Iowa will have three scholarship QBs next season, two of which will be seniors. After Vandenberg and Weinke it's just Rudock so the coaching staff may want to add two QB's in this class. If that's the case then getting Sokol, a player that has three years to play two, and a high school recruit staggers the quarterbacks.
Other links of interest:
- See if Ferentz to Kansas City sticks
- Kansas City a good fit for Ferentz
- Please Big Ten don't go 0-10 this bowl season
- Prediction: Oklahoma 31 Iowa 24
- Men's Big Ten hoops TV schedule for the week
- Former Hawk Jovon Johnson to the NFL?
- McCaffery spends the week recruiting
- Hayden Fry didn't like losing
- Insight ticket sales up, a little
- Oklahoma looking at #MASSTRANSFERS?
- The Field House and its 100 year history
- Tough decision ahead for Riley Reiff
- On Iowa Podcast talkin' some Norm