Kirk Ferentz: 'If we're not able to get back, that means we have bigger problems than football'
One comment from Kirk Ferentz put everything in perspective.
Wednesday afternoon, the Iowa head coach spoke with reporters as he takes a new approach to spring — coaching from his home. Like everyone else, Ferentz is having to meet with individuals virtually and prepare training workouts for players. It’s a brand new world for everyone, including the leader of the Hawkeyes.
Things are much different in the college football world right now, and Ferentz acknowledged that it was unfortunate that players and coaches didn’t have the spring to train, a key period of time for a developmental program like Iowa. But the longest-tenured coach in the B1G really put things into perspective a few questions later.
“We all want to get back to work and we miss our routine,” Ferentz said. “But the bigger picture is that if we are not able to get back, that means we have bigger problems than missing football.”
If football isn’t ready to be played in early September — five months from now — there are far more serious issues happening in the country, and the world. It’s important to keep that in mind.
Ferentz also added that, while continuing to teach the game and meet with players is important right now, it’s not the most important thing.
“We have been focusing on three things with our players right now,” Ferentz said. “No. 1, making sure our players are safe, No. 2, staying on top of their academics and No. 3, encourage the to do the best they can with individual training with the resources that they have available.”