Hawkeyes work to shed old-school image

2013-04-20T02:00:00Z 2013-04-20T07:05:45Z Hawkeyes work to shed old-school imageSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times

IOWA CITY – Some college teams may fill the air more frequently with footballs. Others have more wardrobe changes than a Hollywood starlet.

But, Iowa assistant football coach Brian Ferentz vehemently disputes the notion that the Hawkeyes and their 57-year old head coach are stuck in the past.

Kirk Ferentz has been painted by some as an old-school coach whose preference for power football might be outdated in a collegiate landscape dotted by spread offenses.

Brian Ferentz, who played for his father and is now in his second season as Iowa’s offensive line coach, said the suggestion simply isn’t true.

“I do bristle at the notion that we are archaic or that our head coach is – I want to make sure I pronounce this right – is it Luddite? … Because, he’s not,’’ Brian Ferentz said. “He’s got an iPhone and he’s got an iPad and he uses them.’’

A Luddite is an individual who fears technology, a term which refers to Ned Ludd, a man who led a group of craftsmen in the 19th century to dismantle machinery and destroy the factories they were being used in to protest mass production and the industrial revolution.

“I would say that we have been in the 21st century here since Y2K,’’ Brian Ferentz said.

Although Kirk Ferentz has repeatedly said he does not frequent social media sites and requires his players to refrain from using Twitter, Brian Ferentz said the Iowa coach is not oblivious to the importance such things carry with today’s recruits.

Brian Ferentz is one of six Hawkeye staff members who have Twitter accounts and he said it would be a mistake for coaches to believe that social media interaction is unimportant in the recruitment of players.

“That’s how kids communicate,’’ he said. “Facebook is still pretty prevalent with high school-age guys, but Twitter and Instagram, that’s where these guys communicate with each other. It does make a difference and we have to do it or else you can’t talk with (recruits) because they certainly do not like talking on the phone. That’s changed a ton.’’

Still, Brian Ferentz concedes that use of social media by coaches is in reality an individual decision and more a function of their personality.

“I think it’s unique to every person. I really think if you saw our head coach on Twitter or doing those kinds of things, those would be things that aren’t part of his personality. That’s not natural for him,’’ he said.

Brian Ferentz said his father is comfortable using the iPhone and iPad he has, but acknowledges even progress has its limits.

Don’t expect the Iowa coach to dabble in alternate uniforms any more than the occasional throwbacks the Hawkeyes have worn from time to time in recent seasons.

“Alternate uniforms? That’s not really in his personality. I’ve seen his closet,’’ Brian Ferentz said.

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Football schedule

2015 Hawkeyes (0-0)

Date Opponent Time/result
9/5/2015 Illinois State TBA
9/12/2015 at Iowa State TBA
9/19/2015 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
9/26/2015 North Texas TBA
10/3/2015 at Wisconsin TBA
10/10/2015 Illinois TBA
10/17/2015 at Northwestern TBA
10/31/2015 Maryland TBA
11/7/2015 at Indiana TBA
11/14/2015 Minnesota 7 p.m.
11/21/2015 Purdue TBA
11/27/2015 at Nebraska TBA

Past schedules

2014 Hawkeyes (7-6)

Date Opponent Time/result
8/30/2014 Northern Iowa W 31-23
9/6/2014 Ball State W 17-13
9/13/2014 Iowa State L 20-17
9/20/2014 at Pittsburgh W 24-20
9/27/2014 at Purdue W 24-10
10/11/2014 Indiana W 45-29
10/18/2014 at Maryland L 38-31
11/1/2014 Northwestern W 48-7
11/8/2014 at Minnesota L 51-14
11/15/2014 at Illinois W 30-14
11/22/2014 Wisconsin  L 26-24
11/28/2014 Nebraska L 37-34
1/2/2015 Tennessee L 45-28


Trophy case: Empty

Hawkeyes bowl history

1957 Rose   Oregon State W 35-19
1959 Rose   California W 38-12
1982 Rose   Washington L 28-0
1982 Peach   Tennessee W 28-22
1983 Gator   Florida L 14-6
1984 Freedom   Texas W 55-17
1986 Rose   UCLA L 45-28
1986 Holiday   SDSU W 39-38
1987 Holiday   Wyoming W 20-19
1988 Peach   NC State L 28-23
1991 Rose   Washington L 46-34
1991 Holiday   BYU T 13-13
1993 Alamo   California L 37-3
1995 Sun   Washington W 38-18
1996 Alamo   Texas Tech W 27-0
1997 Sun   Arizona State L 17-7
2001 Alamo   Texas Tech W 19-16
2003 Orange   USC L 38-17
2004 Outback   Florida W 37-17
2005 Capital One LSU W 30-25
2006 Outback   Florida L 31-24
2006 Alamo   Texas L 26-24
2009 Outback   South Carolina W 31-10
2010 Orange   Georgia Tech W 24-14
2010 Insight   Missouri W 27-24
2011 Insight   Oklahoma L 31-14
2014 Outback   LSU L 21-14
2015 TaxSlayer   Tennessee L 45-28