Latest Kirk Ferentz News

Iowa TE Noah Fant to declare for NFL draft, skip bowl game

Nov. 30, 2018 2:18 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft. Fant announced on his Instagram page on Friday that he intends to skip his final season of eligibility to turn pro. Fant, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, will not play in Iowa's upcoming bowl game. "We are...

Fitzgerald, Northwestern eye Big Ten title upset, Rose Bowl

Nov. 29, 2018 6:31 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Safety Jared McGee recalled how little he knew about Northwestern early in the recruiting process and the impression coach Pat Fitzgerald made during a campus visit. It's safe to say the coach played a major role in luring McGee to Evanston. "I was like yeah, Northwestern, what...

Recinos' FG lifts Iowa over Nebraska 31-28 at final whistle

Nov. 23, 2018 4:52 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The easy field goal that coach Kirk Ferentz didn't have to fake nearly cost Iowa the game. The kick the Hawkeyes had to make wound up rescuing them from a devastating defeat — and saved Ferentz from getting excoriated from frustrated Iowa fans. Miguel Recinos drilled a 41-yard...

Scott Frost's Huskers get their first crack at Iowa

Nov. 22, 2018 2:14 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nebraska fired coach Bo Pelini in part because beating Iowa wasn't good enough. The Huskers canned his replacement, Mike Riley in part because they weren't good enough to beat the Hawkeyes. New coach Scott Frost will get his first crack at Iowa on Friday in a border rivalry that's...

Ex-Hawkeye Erik Chinander's heart belongs to Cornhuskers now

Nov. 21, 2018 11:50 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Erik Chinander was a Hawkeye through and through as a kid and then as a walk-on offensive lineman who earned two bachelor's degrees from Iowa. He is the Nebraska defensive coordinator now, and as much as his eastern Iowa roots mean to him, he says he has no conflicted feelings heading...

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson up for national honors

Nov. 20, 2018 3:45 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz caused a stir last week when he intimated that star tight end Noah Fant's lack of snaps in a loss to Northwestern was due in part because T.J. Hockenson had passed Fant on the depth chart. The Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) corrected course last week at Illinois:...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Can Urban Meyer endure at Ohio State?

Nov. 18, 2018 2:28 AM EST

As nerve-wracking as it must have been for Ohio State fans to watch the wild, back-and-forth overtime victory against Maryland , it has become just as uncomfortable to watch coach Urban Meyer endure his team's games. The countless camera shots of Meyer bent over, hands on knees and head down, are excruciating...

Iowa hands Illinois worst loss in school history

Nov. 17, 2018 8:43 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nate Stanley passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young added two rushing touchdowns each as Iowa rolled over Illinois 63-0 on Saturday. It tied the largest margin of defeat in Illinois history, matching a 63-0 loss to the University of Chicago in...

Iowa looks to exploit porous Illini defense, end skid

Nov. 15, 2018 4:26 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois offense can run, but its porous defense can't hide. And Iowa knows it. The Hawkeyes hope to slow the Illini running game and take advantage of one of the nation's worst defenses to end a three-game skid when Iowa (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) travels to Champaign on Saturday. The...

TE Noah Fant's usage questioned during Iowa's 3-game skid

Nov. 13, 2018 5:31 PM EST

Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant is one of the most talented players that Kirk Ferentz has ever coached in his 20 years. So why isn't Iowa (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) getting Fant the ball more? It is a perplexing question in an increasingly disappointing season in Iowa City. The issue came to a head last week in a 14-10...