Kirk Ferentz on NCAA's Ott delay: 'They need to let him know'

Chad Leistikow

Still nothing on Drew Ott. But, it’s got to be soon … right?

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said Friday night that a verdict from the NCAA on whether Ott will get a fifth year of eligibility is one conversation away.

But …

“I don’t know when that conversation is going to take place,” Ferentz said following Iowa’s open practice at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. “That’s the good news, bad news part of the whole thing. But at least we’re getting closer.”

Drew Ott is interviewed in late February at the NFL Combine.

Ott was Iowa’s dominant defensive end before serious elbow and knee injuries cut short his senior season of 2015 to two full games and parts of four others. He is currently rehabbing from October surgery to repair the ACL in his right knee. Recently, Iowa defensive line coach Reese Morgan said Ott had initial appeals denied but was waiting for a final answer.

The clock is really ticking now. With the NFL Draft less than three weeks away and a Combine re-check at the end of next week, Ferentz echoed the frustration surely being felt by Ott.

“It’s been a long time,” Ferentz said. “They need to let him know what the situation is, so he can just have some peace of mind and know what he’s going to do. It’s going to work out either way for him. Just wish it could move a little quicker. I think we all do.”