ESPN.com’s Jeremy Crabtree chronicled the Iowa football program’s recruiting philosophy last week.
The article highlighted coach Kirk Ferentz’s unique strategy of focusing on the Midwest and more or less disregarding the South.
“Iowa just does things differently than anybody else in our league, and virtually everybody else in the country,” one Big Ten recruiting coordinator told Crabtree. “I don’t think you’ll ever see us focus only on the Midwest like (Iowa has) done, because it won’t work for us. But for them it does. It’s kind of like what you see in baseball with Billy Beane. The way Iowa recruits is kind of like ‘Moneyball’ on the recruiting trail. They have their formula, and a lot of people think they’re crazy for doing it that way. It’s produced a lot of good results, though.”
For perhaps the first time ever (and maybe the last), Ferentz was mentioned in the same sentence as actor Brad Pitt, who played Oakland Athletics general manager Beane in “Moneyball.”
What do you think, could Ferentz pass for Pitt, maybe as a stunt double at least?
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