IOWA FOOTBALL'S 29th annual cruise with the Hawkeye coaching staff sets sail this weekend. It's a getaway for the staff and a chance for fans to mingle with their favorite coaches. BHGP has learned this year's trip will also be a chance for Ferentz to also learn more about the game of foobtall.
A source close to the situation tells BHGP that Kirk Ferentz has tweaked the trip's itinerary this year. The source says the previous plans of stops along the Virgin Islands are a go but some changes to the ship's events have been made. Ferentz held a press conference following the season because he felt the need "to talk" with Iowa fans. He also said he personally wants to do less fund raising and he "need(s) to spend more time in here (office) and watch more film."
According to our source, more film will be part of the cruise festivities. Vacation-goers will get to enjoy game film breakdown starting tonight with an offensive breakdown of the 2014 season. Our source states that the ship ballroom will include a big screen and nightly film review with Ferentz that will include: offensive breakdown, defensive breakdown, the 2014 Green Bay Packers season highlight video as well as a special night dedicated to the 1999 Iowa Hawkeye Football team.
Those aren't the only changes on this year's voyage. Our source says that Ferentz and company plan to use the sight-seekers for offensive and defensive walk-through and some 7-on-7 work. Ferentz recently announced a staff shake-up and this will be a chance for Iowa's new run game coordinator, Brian Ferentz, to see what his notebook of plays might look like.
"It's usually a boat full of gray hairs," said our source. "They don't get a lot of exercise outside of the usual walking or morning water aerobics in the pool. It will be interesting to see if they can grasp Greg Davis' complicated passing scheme in just a week's time."
Our source says the ship's main deck will provide enough space for Iowa's coaching staff to conduct their practice drills.
If true, Ferentz is keeping to his word and focused on taking the program back to the top 25. Certainly, tinkering with the playbook without college athletes will be difficult because they lack the conditioning but you could argue these fun-seekers can match Iowa's speed. We'll see if this pays off when Iowa opens spring practice March 25th.