Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said the leaked audio recording that captured Nebraska coach Bo Pelini’s profanity-laced ear-scorcher after a 2011 game against Ohio State served as dual reminders.
One: Ferentz can reinforce to players to watch what they say and do in a world where words and images stream non-stop to the Internet.
Two: he needs to be cautious in his preferred place to release stress and steam.
“My wife probably gets my vents,” Ferentz said. “She’s the recipient — and that’s probably risky, too, because that’s about a 50-50 shot of me being in good standing there. And I’m exaggerating the 50 part. I’m usually way behind in the count there.”
Pelini’s prolific use of the F-bomb to rant about Husker fans and media, posted on the popular website Deadspin, led to public comments of concern from the university’s chancellor and an apology from the coach.
Ferentz said he advises players each season to be careful what they say — and where they say it.
“They really need to assume they’re being recorded or taped or both, pretty much any time they’re anywhere,” he said. “Other than a closet, maybe.”
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