Ferentz Presser Chat

October 20, 2009

Written by Jon Miller

Join us each Tuesday for our blog coverage of Kirk Ferentz’s weekly press conference.  We provide LIVE ‘as Kirk says it’ coverage in this chat module.  This is not a free for all chat, comments are moderator approved.  Justin VanLaere will handle the moderating duties today, as Jon will be in Iowa City for the press conference.  Check in at 12:15pm for the chat, or if you want to be reminded when it begins, enter your email in the field provided below. Also, join us tonight at 8:30pm for a chat with Jon, as he talks about the interviews and player comments and your questions on Iowa football. Look on the message boards for more information later today.

12:16
JonDMiller:

Justin here – waiting for the presser to start.
12:18
[Comment From Bousse]

Jon in IC for the first time in awhile for a presser. Think he remembers how to do it?
12:18
JonDMiller:

Good question.   OUr fingers are crossed. 🙂
12:18
[Comment From Craig Martin crgmrt]

Hearin here in Sioux City that Wehger broke his hand
12:18
JonDMiller:

I’m sure KF will address this today.   Heard anywhere from broken to bruised.
12:20
[Comment From hig five forever]

Has IOWA ever been 8-0?
12:20
JonDMiller:

8-0 would be a first.   Iowa has gone 7-0 back in the day with 7 game schedules
12:21
JonDMiller:

I am having a little tech difficulty here, but working on getting the feed.   – Justin
12:22
JonDMiller:

Presser to start in about 10 minutes or so.
12:22
JonDMiller:

Again, for those joining, this is Justin not Jon.   I am a less hairy, more geeky version.
12:23
[Comment From DuffMan]

No perma sweater huh
12:23
JonDMiller:

Not yet.   I can only strive to get to that level.
12:23
[Comment From ShaggyHawk]

So who is having the technical difficulty, Jon or you?
12:23
JonDMiller:

Me.   Of course.   🙂
12:25
[Comment From Marc]

Justin are you still in MN?
12:25
JonDMiller:

Yes sir
12:26
JonDMiller:

Presser has not started yet.
12:26
JonDMiller:

FYI – I am going to busy give the notes on the presser, I won’t have a lot of time to let comments through or answer.
12:30
JonDMiller:

Ok, we are good to go on all accounts.   Just waiting for the presser to begin.   – Justin
12:30
[Comment From jmarkhawk from CF]

can we ask questions before the presser starts like we have all season?
12:30
JonDMiller:

Sure, but I am just a Hawkeye BB guy.   🙂
12:31
[Comment From bucket]

Hey Spank, any word of further flu or lingering effects? Uh, with the players, I mean.
12:31
JonDMiller:

We’ll find out.
12:31
[Comment From TruHawk]

RS All B10?
12:31
JonDMiller:

I think so, if Iowa wins the B10.
12:31
[Comment From Bulldog]

So Justin…who are you exactly? Connection to Hawkeyenation or Jon?
12:32
JonDMiller:

Big Hawkeye fan since I was little, just have always had that passion.   Jon and I see eye to eye on a lot Hawkeye things.
12:32
[Comment From joshmott]

Stop calling yourself Justin. It’s creeping me out Stormin’.
12:33
JonDMiller:

Sorry.   This is storminspank.   🙂
12:33
[Comment From Derek]

Ok then, before we get into football then. What is your early take on the BBall team how do they look?
12:33
JonDMiller:

Archie is out for 1-2 months, that hurts on the D and rebounding end.   I like the talent this team has.
12:34
[Comment From gohawks14]

I gotta ask…how did you come up with the handle, storminspank?!?!
12:34
JonDMiller:

I get asked this a lot.   So – I am big fan of thunderstorms.. my first car was a Geo Storm, that’s how that came about.   My nickname as a kid and through my life has been Spanky.
12:34
[Comment From Guest]

Wegher’s hand?
12:35
JonDMiller:

A lot of questions about this.   Appears to be nothing, though.   Bruised not broken.
12:35
JonDMiller:

KF will likely talk about it
12:35
[Comment From jmarkhawk from CF]

RS – BIG 10 MVP when its all said and done? If Iowa wins out…..I think so 🙂
12:35
[Comment From IntimidatorHawk]

Spank, are you going to post on the scout site anymore?
12:36
JonDMiller:

I’ll def. visit from time to time, we are busy getting this site going though.   Rob and the staff are awesome over there.   I plan on remaining friends with them all.   Jon has the same thinking, I believe.
12:36
[Comment From DaDynasty]

Nicknamed “Spanky” hopefully it wasn’t your teenage years that you received this name :O)
12:36
JonDMiller:

It was a haircut induced nickname.
12:36
[Comment From jeremy]

still rockin the geo storm?
12:37
JonDMiller:

Geo Storm GSi to be exact.   🙂   And no.
12:37
[Comment From Marc]

will you ever go on location? Have you met Kirk?
12:37
JonDMiller:

I’ll do whatever I can to help bring great content to this site.   Yes, I have met the Captain, doubt he remmebers me.
12:37
[Comment From Joe Hugen]

My comments don’t seem to be going though? Am I doing this correctly?
12:38
JonDMiller:

Yes, I have to approve them and there are a lot on here!   🙂 that’s good though
12:38
[Comment From stillbuster]

Now that the national bandwagoners … errr … pundits have let the Hawkeyes out of the bag, anyone worried about too … much … hype? Everywhere you look it’s been Hawkeyes, 24/7 and feeling a little uncomfortble. Guess this fan needs to “learn how to win” and be ok with flying ON the radar.
12:38
JonDMiller:

We begged for respect now we have it.   It’s a dbl edged sword.   It does irritate me how the press does a 180 though.
12:39
[Comment From Larry]

Spank, are you the one that has taken some neat pictures of Kinnick?
12:39
JonDMiller:

I took some pretty cool ones during the Be Bold Gold game vs Ohio State a few years back.   I love taking pics, but don’t get around to it as much as I’d like.
12:39
[Comment From BigKahuna]

Continue reading below

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Hey Spanky! What’s your prediction for this Saturday at MSU?
12:39
JonDMiller:

Iowa 31, MSU 20
12:39
[Comment From Jimmy Henning]

Why do you think Texas is doing a better job at selling their team then Iowa is?
12:40
JonDMiller:

They dont have to sell, they are Tx.
12:40
JonDMiller:

Starting……..
12:40
JonDMiller:

Good weekend
12:40
JonDMiller:

please to get out of madison with the win
12:40
JonDMiller:

pretty healthy, keep string alive
12:40
JonDMiller:

No flu, but 5 players with an exam, key players missing
12:41
JonDMiller:

But no flu
12:41
JonDMiller:

Captains
12:41
JonDMiller:

Same
12:41
JonDMiller:

MSU tough, tough envrionment
12:41
JonDMiller:

Playng well
12:41
JonDMiller:

Alot like State College
12:41
JonDMiller:

Questions Now
12:42
JonDMiller:

Iowa has impressiive resume.
12:42
JonDMiller:

Kirk was wondering if a BCS qwuestion would come up.   🙂
12:42
JonDMiller:

Researched – teams that weer 6-10 last year
12:42
JonDMiller:

3 moved down,
12:42
JonDMiller:

1 stayed the same, its Oct 20th now worried right now w BCS
12:43
JonDMiller:

Talking football is always good
12:43
JonDMiller:

JON ASKING A QUESTION NOW!!
12:43
JonDMiller:

🙂
12:43
JonDMiller:

More talking about the BCS in regards to where people belong, disrepect.   KF saying just win games.
12:44
JonDMiller:

Remember as a kid PSU and Texas – President (same since last time we beat MSU in EL)
12:44
JonDMiller:

Continue reading below

Q:   Style points
12:44
JonDMiller:

KF:   It’s expected with this time of year.   WIn, feel good.   Dont, you feel bad
12:44
JonDMiller:

Q: Grounded
12:45
JonDMiller:

Gave the team the BCS stat about where they are, long road ahead, natureal to think it will happen.   One week at a time
12:45
JonDMiller:

Q:   How to ground the kids”
12:46
JonDMiller:

KF:   Look at last weeks film.   We ahve a veteran team, talk year round about how to handle praise and adversity.   Message is better received with vertetan team,   more vigilant.   SO much goes on away from the football complaex
12:46
JonDMiller:

Tougher to deal with success than failure.
12:46
JonDMiller:

Q:   How important is Tony M
12:46
JonDMiller:

KF:   Hes a marquee player/
12:47
JonDMiller:

When he’s in there, he sure help.   He’s a special palyer./.   LIke Greene, Gallery, Kaeding, Clark in the past.
12:47
JonDMiller:

When you have a good team and you add a player like that, he can really impact a game…   a lot of people dont see what he does (blcokign, taking up space
12:48
JonDMiller:

2 roadies, then home.
12:49
JonDMiller:

Need to finish up these next 5 days.   Sometimes going on the road is less challenging, less stuff going on.   Michigan game was crazy.   This week is quieter.   Less distraciton, hopefully good week of practice.
12:49
JonDMiller:

Q: Stanzi’s best game?
12:49
JonDMiller:

KF:   I think so, like to have some plays back, but yes his best game so far last week.   Made some beautiful throws, most importantly keeps us togathetre
12:49
JonDMiller:

Q:   Unfair critcism?
12:50
JonDMiller:

KF: Not really, it comes with the position.   Same goes for coaching.   You normally see the bad.   It’s part of being QB, he handles well
12:50
JonDMiller:

Q: Mcnutt?
12:50
JonDMiller:

KF:   He should be ok, jammed hand in THu practice.   Shouldnt linger
12:50
JonDMiller:

Q: Talk about Angerer – delivered a couple blows in WI game
12:51
JonDMiller:

KF:   Angerer is the catalyst, the way we are built, the MLB is the QB of the D.   HAs a personality that you are looking for on D.   Keep sp[layers on toes, 100% invested
12:51
JonDMiller:

Q:   Wegher’s hamd?
12:51
JonDMiller:

KF:   Cast comes off tomorrow./
12:52
JonDMiller:

KF:   I’m joking.   I’m joking.   I heard about that one.   Apparently that one’s on the INternet phenom.   Better than a good chance to play on Sat
12:52
JonDMiller:

Q: MSU scouting
12:52
JonDMiller:

KF:   Throw better than WI, similar thbough, Physcial, good Kicking, move the ball well.   Palyed good D since Marc got up there.
12:53
JonDMiller:

Continue reading below

Q: 2 years in a row to EL? redemption?
12:54
JonDMiller:

KF:   I dont know about redemption, but talking to MSU reporters abotu 84 game.   85 game made up for it.   So this must be an every 23 year thing.
12:55
JonDMiller:

KOK thought we were in Jurassic Park when he say Plaxico Burress when they were up there that year
12:55
JonDMiller:

We haven’t been able to get it done up there, goig to try to straighten it up
12:55
JonDMiller:

Their front 4 is very capable, so they are, we are going to have to do our best to keep Ricky secure.
12:56
JonDMiller:

KF:   My guess is you’ll see both QBs for MSU, we’ll prepare for both.
12:56
JonDMiller:

Q: Re-examine RBs?
12:56
JonDMiller:

KF:   We still have confidence in both. Stats dont tell everything.   LIke what they are both giving us.   A lot has to do with timing.
12:57
JonDMiller:

Adam continues to run well, PSU game, both were leasding rushers in the game
12:57
JonDMiller:

Q:   what do yo ulike about Wegher, difference?
12:57
JonDMiller:

KF:   I like about Wegher is Mental toughness, acts like he belongs out there, that’s the first thing I see.   Since camp, done a great job
12:57
JonDMiller:

Q:   Sash
12:58
JonDMiller:

KF:   Prettist play was an outside run, came up and made an excellent tackle, like what he’s doing.   Confidence is rising.
12:58
JonDMiller:

KF:   Sort of, yes, no, (question on OL)   – six guys, keep playing all 6 for now.
12:59
JonDMiller:

I dont think the line regressed.   #50’s speed was hard to get to.   There were some dead palys, but we arent far away.   Film was actual good.   Hvent regressed.
12:59
JonDMiller:

Q:   Game times odd?
1:00
JonDMiller:

A:   I think we went into the season knowing it might happen.   Bigget downside of night game are the days after.
1:00
JonDMiller:

Q:   HAlftime
1:00
JonDMiller:

KF:   Coaches making good points, if you want a quick halftime go to the NFL, we have forever.
1:01
JonDMiller:

A big part is feedback fromt he players, the experienced guys do a great job of letting us know what they see
1:01
JonDMiller:

Q:   A certain player?
1:01
JonDMiller:

KF:   Anyone really – cominfg off field, talk to coaches, expereienced staff.   Good system.   Chance to get an edge in the 2nd half
1:02
JonDMiller:

Q:   Halftime adjustments overblwon?
1:02
JonDMiller:

KF:   Depends on game, it can go either way.       Last week, we pulled otgether, had some great thoughts and executed.
1:03
JonDMiller:

5:30 players are tested for illness/injuries today
1:03
JonDMiller:

Winning close games are a positive, tougher in 99.   It wont be easier this week, but it wont be tougher (in regards to winning on the road)
1:04
JonDMiller:

KF:   Beautiful plays by Spievey, sparked us.   Big things.
1:04
JonDMiller:

Q:   Upper echelon?
1:04
JonDMiller:

KF:   Getting better every week – better than Fletcher at this poitn in career.
1:04
JonDMiller:

Bradley was raw coming in, but Amari is farhter ahead
1:05
JonDMiller:

Q: NC   contender?
1:05
JonDMiller:

KF:   I dont know right now, focused on MSU this week.   We are underdogs again.   It think.
1:05
JonDMiller:

Q:   Allow yourself to consider yourself a NC team?
1:05
JonDMiller:

KF:   If we run the table, sure.   We havent played 1/2 of our conf game, premature right now.
1:07
JonDMiller:

I wasn’t quite in my 40s yet when we last won at MSU, just win the games though.   No regrets from 2002.   We got beat.   Move on.   Where we end up at the end of the year, thats where we belong. Take care of business
1:07
JonDMiller:

MSU Pass vs Iowa Pass D
1:07
JonDMiller:

Their TE are active like WI, big WRs, big line, QB can throw, it’ll be a challenge.
1:07
JonDMiller:

Q:   Jewel injury – would have thought this good?
1:08
JonDMiller:

KF:   Playing well, no question we are happy with our yougn guyys adn how we have played.   Back of my mind, Ive looked at the oregon st/USC game, so there are evidence of young players doing well
1:09
JonDMiller:

PRESSER OVER>
1:09
JonDMiller:

I did hear at the tail end that the MSU game is not sold out, though.
1:10
JonDMiller:

Enjoy your day, everyone!   Thanks for stopping by.
1:10
JonDMiller:

A lot of great, great quotes from KF today.
1:11
JonDMiller:

The one about Wegher was priceless.
1:11
[Comment From pdxhawk]

thanks for the effort, un-Jon.
1:11
JonDMiller:

No prob.
1:11
[Comment From Guest]

What was the Wegher quote?
1:12
JonDMiller:

It was about the injury.
1:12
JonDMiller:

Just said that his cast would come off tomorrow
1:12
JonDMiller:

And then laughed, said an asst coach said it might be a leg or something.   It was funny
1:12
JonDMiller:

Thanks for all comments, all.   Have a good one!   ON IOWA!

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