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KIRK SPEAKS: Iowa Football Presser Round-up—Iowa State Edition

GEAR UP FOR HATE WEEK.

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KIRK FERENTZ MIGHT COACH AT IOWA UNTIL HE IS 100 YEARS OLD. I DON’T CARE IF IT’S A $40 MILLION BUYOUT. I LOVE YOU KIRK FERENTZ!!!

Hate week has arrived. Kirk Ferentz took to the podium this afternoon to discuss this week’s opponent, a contract extension, the current state of the Iowa football team, and more.


The biggest talking point of the day was Kirk’s contract extension that will keep him on as the head coach of the Hawkeyes through the 2025 season. We all know that Ferentz is one of the classiest (if not the classiest) men in sports, and his comments regarding his contract extension and his experience in the state of Iowa reflected that.

The people of Iowa really appreciate what you’ve done for their university, for their community, and for their football team, Kirk. From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you.


After commenting on his future with the program, Kirk addressed this week’s opponent, the Iowa State Cyclones.

You really don’t need to analyze the Iowa-Iowa State series any more than this. No matter how good either team is projected to be, this game always seems to deliver. Iowa needs to show up and look solid, because you know the Cyclones are going to play their best game. Not that Iowa State’s best game is any good...


Ferentz also gave a quick injury update. Luckily, this update was, indeed, a quick one.

Will we finally get to see my boy Jay Scheel on Saturday? Jerminic Smith filled in the starting WR role against Miami and managed to grab both a touchdown pass and the number one spot on the depth chart this week. I still think Scheel could be a standout player for Iowa if he can get healthy and stay healthy.

Parker Hesse injured his hamstring while recovering a fumble in the Miami game. With the potential revelation of Anthony Nelson at defensive end, Iowa may be able to survive without him this week.


Iowa is 8-9 against the Cyclones during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure, a record that both the program and the fans would like to see improve. Kirk and company have a chance to set the precedent in the state against a new Cyclone coaching staff. Coach Matt Campbell joined the Cyclones in the offseason after holding the head job at Toledo.

I was going to take a dig at Iowa State playing hard and still managing to lose to an FCS team here, but I’m going to withhold that until after the Iowa-North Dakota State game next week.


It’s tough to ignore the fact that the Iowa defense didn’t perform up to expectations against Miami. We went from discussing potential nicknames for the secondary to wondering if true-freshman Manny Rugamba will win the starting role over Greg Mabin by Week 3 or Week 4. Ferentz was asked about Mabin’s performance, and in typical Ferentz fashion, he stood up for his guy.

Ferentz is right about this. I was tough on Mabin after Saturday’s game, and that’s not entirely fair. He was a quality cornerback for the Hawkeyes last season and carries NFL potential. I’m going to chalk-up Saturday’s performance to offseason rust. For now.


I thought I was going to be finished running Josey Jewell’s campaign for President after Saturday. Then Ferentz stepped up and backed my guy.

JOSEY JEWELL 2016: HE’LL WORK HIS TAIL OFF.

(My name is Kirk Ferentz and I approve this message.)


Is Nate Stanley ready to take over if anything happens to C.J. Beathard? Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kirk presser if he didn’t dig up an old catch phrase...

The Hawks are going to manhandle Iowa State on Saturday night. That’s football.