Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz defends fans booing Penn State players going down

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz defends fans booing Penn State players going down


Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz stated that whereas some Penn State players injured in Saturday’s recreation had legit illnesses, he understands why Hawkeyes fans booed when different Nittany Lions players went down.

Ferentz on Tuesday famous that Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford didn’t return to the sport after leaving early within the second quarter and that he might see one other Nittany Lions participant on the bench with an ice bag on his leg.

“I hope those guys are well, I don’t know what their status is,” Ferentz stated. “Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. But I think probably [the booing] is a reaction to, there were a couple of guys that were down for the count and then were back a play or two later. Our fans aren’t stupid. They’re watching, they know what’s going on.

“I’ve been right here 23 years and I feel that is solely the second time we have seen that form of stuff going on.”

After Iowa’s 23-20 win, Penn State coach James Franklin expressed disappointment about the booing, noting that the Hawkeyes don’t run an up-tempo offense, which recently has led to defenses feigning injuries around college football.

“I do have just a little little bit of a tough time with our players getting harm and the [Iowa] fans and the coaches and the workers booing our players,” Franklin said. “To all the Iowa folks on the market, it was not a part of our plan. It wouldn’t be. You do not run a tempo offense. We had some guys get injured, and I simply do not know if I essentially agree. I do not assume that is the correct factor for school soccer, booing guys after they get harm, nevertheless it seems.”

Ferentz on Tuesday noted that faking injuries has gained more attention, as the American Football Coaches Association has asked the NCAA football rules committee to address the pattern. He said that Iowa has two staff members who worked at programs that encouraged them, using code words such as “scuba” and “turtle.”

“We do not coach it, have not actually been uncovered to it,” Ferentz said. “But our fans thought they smelled a rat, I assume, I do not know, so that they responded the best way they responded.”

Ferentz additionally introduced that defensive again Riley Moss seemingly will miss a pair weeks with a knee damage sustained whereas making an interception late within the first half in opposition to Penn State. Moss, who leads the Big Ten in each interceptions (4) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (2), doesn’t want surgical procedure.

No. 2 Iowa hosts Purdue this week earlier than an open week.

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