By Brendan Stiles
IOWA CITY, Iowa — As he does every Friday morning before a home football game, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz spoke at the Johnson County I-Club Breakfast inside the Sheraton Hotel. This week, he discussed the Hawkeyes’ upcoming game against intrastate rival Iowa State.
Ferentz was introduced by UI president Sally Mason. In addition to that, Ferentz formally introduced his 2012 class of true freshmen players to the crowd on hand at the Sheraton, which includes his youngest son, Steve.
Ferentz on Modell’s death
Ferentz gave HawkeyeDrive.com a brief comment following Friday’s I-Club Breakfast on the passing of former NFL owner Art Modell, who died early Thursday morning in Baltimore. Prior to being named Iowa’s head coach in December of 1998, Ferentz spent six years working for Modell — three seasons as the offensive line coach of the Cleveland Browns (1993-95) and three years holding the same job title with the Baltimore Ravens (1996-98). During his tenure with the Ravens, Ferentz was also the team’s assistant head coach.
“A great man,” Ferentz said of Modell. “He was just tremendous to myself and to our entire family. Great sense of humor. Revolutionary in terms of what he did for the league. He was just an outstanding guy. First class.”