IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Everyone thought Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was joking last weekend when he said the Hawkeyes might never return a punt again.
Ferentz wasn't kidding.Ferentz says he's leaning against sending blockers downfield to help set up returns after Iowa was burned by a fake punt in Saturday's loss to Michigan State.
Ferentz indicated that Iowa might always keep its defense home in the future, with a returner charged simply with keeping punts from hitting the ground.The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) have allowed a number of successful fake punts in recent years, including one each in losses to Northern Illinois and the Spartans this season.
Iowa next plays at No. 4 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) on Oct. 19.
Kirk needs to go so bad, but this kind of thinking comes with the territory when you are basically never going to get fired no matter how bad you are. They renewed his contract through 2020 and guaranteed him 3 million a year. That means if they fired him he would still make about 20 million dollars. Iowa is so dumb and I hope they enjoy writhing in mediocrity for the better part of the next decade.