P.J. Fleck on Kirk Ferentz: 'One of the best coaches in the history of college football'
P.J. Fleck has a ton of respect for Kirk Ferentz.
On Saturday, one of the best trophies in college football is on the line, as Iowa and Minnesota battle for Floyd of Rosedale, a trophy of a bronzed pig. Ahead of that rivalry game, Fleck had showed nothing but respect to the Hawkeyes and the B1G’s longest-tenured coach.
“Kirk Ferentz is one of the best college football coaches in the history of college football,” Fleck said during his weekly press conference. “You know what you’re gonna get when you play Iowa. Whether you’re in Iowa City or you’re here in Minneapolis or you’re in Kalamazoo, Michigan, you know what you’re gonna get.
“I think that’s what make them really special. You know exactly what you’re going to get behind that brand. All the time. A lot of brands change that every three years and you don’t necessarily know what you’re gonna get. Well, with Iowa, you always know what you’re gonna get. That’s a complete compliment to them.”
"Kirk Ferentz is one of the best college football coaches in the history of college football."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 2, 2018
Ferentz is in his 20th season with the Hawkeyes, posting a 158-119 record in that span. He’s also taken Iowa to 15 bowl games in his career.
Fleck isn’t the only coach that’s complimented Ferentz on the job he’s done in Iowa City. Last year, Urban Meyer was asked about Iowa’s ability to hang around with teams in the upper echelon in college football prior to Ohio State’s run-in with the Hawkeyes. Meyer responded with “that’s exactly who they are.”
Fleck and Ferentz will be on opposite sidelines this weekend as Iowa and Minnesota battle on Saturday afternoon for Floyd of Rosedale.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET in Minneapolis.