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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Ferentz defends program, sorry for absence

By Adam Rittenberg

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz held his annual signing day news conference earlier Wednesday, but as you'd expect, he spent most of his time talking about last week's player hospitalizations.

A few nuggets from Ferentz:
From the quotes I've seen and the response from media members and Iowa fans, Ferentz seemed to handle himself and a delicate situation very well Wednesday. You have to wonder if the polished coach could have limited the backlash against himself and the program if he had a news conference in the middle of last week. Perception is huge in college football, and Iowa didn't help itself in this situation.

A lot of good information from Wednesday's news conference. Ferentz answered a lot of important questions, although he, like the rest of us, will wait for more answers from Iowa's investigation into what happened.