Hawkeyes, Ferentz Earn High Praise for Decade of Success

Jan. 21, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa The Iowa Hawkeyes used nine straight victories to start the 2009 college football season to earn an invitation to the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the reward for regular season that included 10 wins and a second place finish in the Big Ten Conference.

The Hawkeyes and their head coach, Kirk Ferentz, earned another runner-up finish and a tough-to-call No. 3, respectively, earlier today when ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg offered his two cents on the Big Ten’s “Program of the Decade” and “Coach of the Decade” as part of the ESPN’s look at the 2000’s, now that that decade is in the rearview mirror.

Rittenberg gave the Buckeyes of Ohio State the nod as the league’s top program. However, instead of the Big Two-Little Eight of year’s past, the blogger gave Iowa the nod over Michigan for the runner-up position.

“Kirk Ferentz has made Iowa a consistent winner in the Big Ten,” he wrote.

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Ohio State’s Jim Tressell was Rittenberg’s selection for the top of the pyramid in the coaches’ race. He gave former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr the nod over Ferentz for the No. 2 position in recognition of the long-time Wolverine’s three Big Ten titles in the first five years of the decade.

`Ferentz revived a struggling Iowa program this decade and restored the Hawkeyes among the Big Ten’s elite,” Rittenberg offered.

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