Jon Miller's regular offering of Hawk items that he calls ‘Hawk Blog', just because it seems fashionable to have a blog even when this website probably is a borderline blog and also because a certain adult beverage company won't let him call his columns by his last name combined with what you get when you look at a watch.
Call it Ferentz Withdrawal Syndrome. Call it Post Big Ten Basketball Season Stress Disorder. Call it whatever you want to call it; when the first press conference of the Spring Football session rolls around, I call it some of those things, and Kirk Ferentz is Dr. Feelgood.
The first link from above, free for all readers of this site, is the perfect illustration as to why Ferentz is one of the most beloved Hawkeye figures of my lifetime, and fast approaching, or on par with the love that was extended to Hayden Fry during his tenure.
The simple fact that that statement is no longer blasphemous and did not make you raise your eyebrows underscores its validity.
Try some of these comments on for size, and apologies to Vince Neil in advance:
On the defensive line: "It's not like they'll have to hold the fort totally, we'll have to play great team defense, I'm real confident that's going to work out."
He's the one they call Dr. Feelgood
On the youth on the offensive and defensive line: "I think one thing we did with both of those groups and through recruiting is if things pan out and we're pretty right on with our evaluations, in the fall we should have a good group of young players on both sides of the ball. Hopefully we've laid good foundation for both lines, not only for next year, but it'll be able to carry over for a few years."
He's the one that makes you feel alright
"I think Chad and Abdul are those kind of guys who feel like they still have some unfinished business."
He's not what you'd call a glamorous man
"I don't mean this in a negative way, but I'm not sure everybody understands or appreciates just how hard winning can be."
Got one thing that's easily understood
"We were underdogs in six out of the last eight games and deservedly so; it was just that kind of season, that kind of team."
He's the only one they call Feelgood
There are so many more quotes in the two links from above, that if you have not read them by now, stop right here, go back to the top, and read them. I will wait.
See, I was right.
His comment about the NCAA tournament and being able to illustrate overconfidence and lack of respect for one's opponents was fantastic, and his quip about not having a bracket was hilarious. Maybe I laughed harder at that than most, but in light of the Rick Neuheisel happenings, that was just classic.
He also said that if Iowa can put together a running game and field a balanced offense, it should make Drew Tate "more effective and more dangerous". Kirk dropping the 'D' word is something you should listen to, as he is not one for hyperbole.
So enjoy this brief ‘season' of spring football. Even though there is no spring game this year, we will bring you all the quotes and notes that we can put together. Then we will all countdown the days until September 3rd together.