Kirk Ferentz against Iowa scheduling new opponent on short notice
Michigan announced on Tuesday that its game against Iowa in Iowa City scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns with the Michigan program.
Earlier Tuesday morning it was announced that the already rescheduled battle for the Old Oaken Bucket between Indiana and Purdue was canceled.
The situation for Michigan has not improved since last week when the school was forced to cancel its annual rivalry game with Ohio State. It marks the third straight week Michigan has had to cancel due to the virus, as their game with Maryland was also scratched.
On Tuesday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz expressed his thoughts on the idea, and isn’t in favor of a new opponent on such short notice.
Here's Kirk Ferentz on why he would be against adding an opponent to replace Michigan this weekend pic.twitter.com/cWzzF9KdBL
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”I’d certainly be against it,” said Ferentz. “Probably 75% of our preparation has already been done, maybe 80%, I don’t know … Our staff has been working hard since Sunday morning getting ready for this ball game.
“To try and flip it over and play somebody else this weekend it wouldn’t be fair to the sport, and most of all it wouldn’t be fair to our players,” said Ferentz.
For Iowa, who hasn’t had a game canceled this season, they will finish the season with a 6-2 record after winning six-straight games following their 0-2 start.
The Hawkeyes will likely have the week off and await a bowl invitation.