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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.

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