Program tradition continues
As with this entire article, some may disagree, but to me, the tradition of Iowa football is an important standard to keep. It was built by Hayden Fry, almost seamlessly continued by current coach Kirk Ferentz, and I can think of no better person to continue building off it than Brian Ferentz.
Brian has grown up rooting for the Iowa football program when his Dad was an assistant coach under Hayden Fry, he’s played for the program, and now he is the offensive coordinator. If there is one person that understands the tradition of Iowa football not named Kirk Ferentz or Hayden Fry, it’s Brian.
The tradition of Hawkeye football is AC/DC blaring through historic Kinnick Stadium, it’s playing smart football with hard-working players who were likely underrecruited. It’s knowing that they can win any single game at any given moment because they are Hawkeyes.
This tradition needs to continue, and like with all traditions, there needs to be some updating, and I think Brian Ferentz gets that. It’s why we saw Kirk Ferentz adapt last year and run more trick plays in one season than I could remember in the previous two decades. You better believe Brian is in his ear there.
Successful programs know how to evolve while maintaining the things that made them great and Brian Ferentz has the resume that can make the transition with ease.