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Catching up with: Chuck Long

[ 0 ] August 25, 2012 |

Former Iowa quarterback, college football coach

True confessions: Chuck Long just might slip in a “we” when Central Michigan comes to Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 22. It will be inadvertent, but just the same, it could happen.

The former Iowa quarterback was on Turner Gill’s Kansas staff that got fired after last season, but instead of feeling sorry for himself, Long is being proactive.

He’s working weekends — for the Big Ten Network and as volunteer receivers coach at Norman (Okla.) High School. His first press box analyst gig comes when his former school plays its final non-conference game.


How’d he get the TV job?

“They contacted me four years ago when I got let go at San Diego State,” said Long, who the Aztecs fired after the 2008 season. “I wasn’t able to do anything with them, but we stayed in touch over the years.”

He’s going to work in the studio and will broadcast from game sites.


Dad, the coach

“It’s a best of both worlds thing for me,” Long said. “I’m still active in the college game, and I get to see my son play football. As a dad and a former football player, you can’t ask for more than that.”

Zach Long is a senior starting quarterback. Zach’s dad is an unpaid assistant.

“Our head coach handles the quarterbacks,” Long said. “I interject here and there, but primarily, I help with the wide receivers.”


Who’s better, kid or dad?

“We’re different types of quarterbacks,” Long said. “Let’s just say he can run better than I could.”

Zach is receiving letters from colleges, but so far, nothing from his dad’s old stomping grounds.


Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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