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Ferentz: ‘Uncomfortable before a game to talk to an opponent’

[ 0 ] October 29, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Postgame handshakes are fine. It’s the pregame small talk that leaves Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz at a loss.

“I think it’s uncomfortable before a game to talk to an opponent,” Ferentz said, “because we’re both thinking about the same thing, I assume.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, left, meets with Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald prior to kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, left, meets with Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald prior to kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

“Our team wants to beat their team. Their team wants to beat ours.”

Once the outcome is determined, there is little reason for chatter.

“If you win, what do you say?” Ferentz explained. “If you lose, what do you say?”

“I’m hardly Pop Warner, but I’ve been doing this 15 years here and three years at Maine,” Ferentz added. “And I still have not found a good thing to talk about before or after a game.”

Ferentz went on to say he would be fine with the idea of saving fellowship for offseason meetings.

Postgame handshakes became a national topic of discussion when the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, suggested high schools to no longer carry out the longstanding sports tradition, in order to prevent fights.

“It just seems like everybody tries to read a lot into it,” Ferentz said of the attention given to college games. “I don’t know if you’re supposed to hug people, shake hands. I really don’t know what protocol is.”

 

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About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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