Iowa CITY, Iowa - Kirk Ferentz long has requested that media members go through the university when it wants to interview players on his current roster. When a reporter bypasses his protocol, it has been met with frustration.
That was the case Tuesday morning when KCRG-TV reporter Scott Westerberg Tweeted that standout left tackle Brandon Scherff told him he had knee surgery and could be back for the Pittsburgh game Sept. 20 and was confident he would be back for Purdue in the Big Ten open the following week.
The first question asked of Ferentz at Tuesday afternoon's press conference here at the Hayden Fry Football Complex was if Scherff had surgery and if he'd play this week against Iowa State. The coach avoided answering the question directly just had he had done on the Big Ten Teleconference earlier in the day.
A few minutes later, another reporter asked Ferentz if Scherff had surgery and the status of his right knee.
"I think maybe if you check with KCRG, they're the ones that I read this morning that released something on that. So, they can probably fill you in on any details you might need," the coach said.
Ferentz then was asked again about Scherff's availability for this weekend's game against rival Iowa State.
"We don't know that. He's day to day right now. He was injured Saturday. We have a couple of guys that are stiff and sore right now. We'll see how it goes," the coach said.
Scherff injured his right knee Saturday when he was tackling a Ball State defender who had recovered an Iowa fumble. He returned to the game.
Hawkeye defensive end Drew Ott, who won the Big Ten's defensive player of the week honor, was involved in a accident on his moped/scooter. He was hit by a car according to a police report.
"Fortunately, he's doing well. I saw him this morning. He sore. We're hoping he'll be able to play," said Ferentz, who indicated Ott received stitches but did not say on which part of his body.
While Ferentz was less than forthcoming about the injuries, a few of his players said they would be without Scherff this week. It appears Ott has a good chance to play according to a few of the Hawkeyes.
You can watch our HI TV video compilation of Ferentz addressing the injury questions below: