The Hawkeyes' offensive coordinator caused a stir during Wednesday's "Hawk Central Hour" radio show. James Kramer/The Register
When the topic turned to football recruiting on Wednesday night’s Hawk Central radio show, Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz turned up the heat.
The son of 19th-year head coach Kirk Ferentz touted the stability within the program he played for and now is a sixth-year assistant coach for — while taking digs (without naming names) at second-year Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and first-year Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck.
“What has sped things up (in recruiting) in our state, especially, is the guys in Ames and then the new guys in Minneapolis seem to have no problem really throwing early things out,” Ferentz, 34, said, referring to scholarship offers. “And what I’ve learned – certainly about the guys in Ames, and I think we’ll find this about the guys in Minneapolis — what does an offer really mean? I can tell you this much: If the University of Iowa offers you a scholarship and you commit to us, we intend to sign you.
“I think you have to look no further than in-state, to see there were a lot of offers in the 2018 class that went out very early out of Ames. And I’m not sure all those guys were able to commit to them if they wanted to, because some of those guys have since gone other places.”
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Ferentz later took a little swipe at another Big Ten Conference program “just a little bit west of Omaha” that you won’t want to miss.
The Iowa offensive coordinator touches on personnel, including the move of Drew Cook to tight end.
Check out this week’s podcast — Ferentz’s 25-plus minute interview with Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert and Ross Peterson begins just before the 17-minute mark — to hear the full commentary. Hawk Central’s radio hour airs every Wednesday night on KXNO (1460 AM) in Des Moines.