To hear Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News tell it, Iowa is in position to grab a bunch of college football wins this year.
But Wilner, a fine college sports writer for that Bay Area paper, doesn’t say the reason is the Hawkeyes’ personnel.
Wilner: “Kirk Ferentz hasn’t done much since his recruits formed the bulk of his roster, but there’s no way he won’t win at least even (Hlog note: Wilner probably meant seven, not even) with the Hawkeyes’ oh-so-soft lineup: Maine, Florida International, Iowa State and Pittsburgh, plus Penn State and Wisconsin at home, and no Michigan or Ohio State.”
The guy slapped both Iowa and Iowa State in one blow. So he’s balanced.
But when you’re calling the mighty, mighty Maine Black Bears soft, you’ve gone too far.
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If that wasn’t enough, none other than Forbes Magazine is calling Ferentz the nation’s most-overpaid college football coach. That’s an opinion provided in one of a series of stories in the business and financial magazine’s look at “The Business of College Football.”
Forbes: “The most overpaid coach is Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who made $3.4 million last year despite lackuster results on the field. … Just how lopsided is Ferentz’s deal? During the last three years he’s pocketed $10 million, including $4.6 million in 2006, but has led the Hawkeyes to a 19-18 record.”
Gee, the Hlog would have gone with Notre Dame’s Crewcut Charlie Weis as most-overpaid, given he has his own television network (NBC) and still went just 3-9 last year.
Don’t forget, Hawkeye fans, writers from border to border were calling Ferentz the best or one of the best coaches in the country a few years ago. You’re only as terrific or as deserving of your millions as what you’ve done lately.
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