By Chris Hassel
Iowa lost to Central Michigan, today. A team that calls itself the Chippewas. A team that lost to Michigan State, 41-7 (at home). A team that needed a late 4th quarter touchdown to seal a home win over SEMO, that’s Southeast Missouri State. A team that was 4-19 against FBS competition, since 2009.
Do you even know where Central Michigan is? Yeah it’s in central Michigan. But where in central Michigan? I’ll tell you where. A place called Mount Pleasant. All I’ve done since I was 5 years old is watch sports, and I had to look that up.
Since 2007, the Hawkeyes are 3-0 vs. Michigan, and 0-2 vs. direction Michigan. Inexplicable.
Kirk Ferentz needed to begin the post-game press conference by shouldering the blame for an unexcusable loss. He didn’t. He never has. Even when it was clear that there was no player discipline, and the sideline was a confused mess the entire game, Ferentz never once took responsibility for the loss.
I firmly believe this is the low point in the Ferentz era, but this isn’t the beginning of the end. It’s the middle of the end. The beginning was in 2010, when Iowa had a team littered with NFL talent, and the Hawks finished 4-4 in the Big Ten.
Since 2004, Iowa has gone, 7-5, 6-6, 6-7, 8-5, 11-2, 8-5, 7-6, 2-2. One great year, 2 good years, and it looks like Iowa is headed to a 5th disappointing year in its last 8.
I’m not going to sit here and say that Ferentz needs to be fired. Iowa can’t fire Ferentz. The buyout is too high, and his firing is not yet warranted. But all good things eventually come to an end. The Ferentz era in Iowa City has been good. But it will eventually end, and I think it would be best for all parties involved if it ended sooner, rather than later.