FERENTZ STILL GOING AT IOWA
CHICAGO» Kirk Ferentz enters his 19th season at Iowa as the longest-tenured Football Bowl Subdivision head coach in the country. He isn’t dwelling much on his longevity.
“I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it,” Ferentz said Monday at the Big Ten football preview. “I feel fortunate. This will be my, I guess, 28th year at Iowa overall, and I feel fortunate that, in 1981, I somehow, some way, ended up there as an assistant.”
Bob Stoops was the longest-tenured active head coach in major-college football, taking the job at Oklahoma one day before Ferentz started at Iowa. But Stoops retired this summer after 18 seasons.
Ferentz is 135-92 at Iowa. The Hawkeyes had an 8-5 record last season. The Big Ten Network will triple its prime-time national TV exposure during football season and add more basketball games in the time slot, thanks to new contracts with broadcast partners Fox, ABCESPN and CBS.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany made the announcement at the kickoff of the conference’s football preview Monday.
“College football has never been healthier. It’s also never been more fragile,” Delany said, citing major issues ranging from players safety and lawsuits to minor conflicts such as scheduling conflicts on Friday nights with high school football games.
The Big Ten’s Fox and ABC-ESPN football contracts run for six years, as does the Big Ten’s basketball agreement with CBS.