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Harty blog: Criticize Ferentz for his team’s woes, but not for being silent about coaching changes

[ 0 ] January 5, 2013 |

Finding reasons to criticize Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz is easy these days, perhaps too easy.

It’s one thing to criticize Ferentz about Iowa finishing 4-8 this past season and for having a dreadful passing attack. But to criticize him for not commenting publicly on coaching changes is just nit-picking. It’s caused by what happened on the field this past fall because fans are frustrated and some are looking for anything to criticize.

It now seems apparent that Erik Campbell has resigned as the Iowa receivers coach and that D.J. Hernandez has been hired recently to coach the Iowa tight ends based on what they both said on twitter.

But since Ferentz hasn’t said anything on the record, he’s being criticized on twitter, on Internet message boards and on talk radio for being too secretive, too stubborn, too protective, too this and too that.

Have you ever stopped to consider that Ferentz is just trying to be courteous to Campbell and not say anything publicly until Campbell’s next employer has announced his hiring?

And it’s not as if Ferentz has made a habit of announcing the hiring of a graduate assistant coach, which all signs point Hernandez to being.

Ferentz is busy enough trying to add the final pieces to Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class. He doesn’t need to comment publicly just because a recruit spilled the beans about Campbell leaving Iowa or because Hernandez tweeted that he was joining the Iowa staff.

Social media has changed the landscape, but not entirely. Just because the news is being reported faster and in more ways doesn’t mean that Ferentz now always has to respond to it faster.

Coaching changes take time to happen on an official capacity. Jobs have to be advertised. Interviews have to take place. Decisions have to be made in private.

Ferentz has an important decision to make in hiring Campbell’s replacement because if the 2012 season told us anything, it’s that Iowa needs to upgrade the receiver position in a big way. The lack of playmakers at receiver was one of Iowa’s biggest weaknesses this past season.

That’s not necessarily a knock against Campbell, it’s just a fact.

Ferentz is ultimately held accountable for everything about the team. So I’d be more concerned about him making Iowa better than making public statements.


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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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