By Pat Harty
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Kirk Ferentz said again on Tuesday that the incident involving his son in the Kinnick Stadium press box this past Saturday is unacceptable and can’t happen again.
Ferentz also said Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz was scheduled to meet with Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta on Tuesday to discuss the incident in which Brian Ferentz unleashed a profanity-laced tirade in the press box at halftime of the Minnesota game.
Brian was upset at the replay official for reversing a call and ruling that Iowa running back James Butler had fumbled after Butler was first ruled down by contact.
“It was really an unprofessional act by Brian, and we have had discussions, as you might well imagine, several discussions about it,” Kirk Ferentz said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday. “Our athletic director, Gary Barta, will visit with Brian later on today.
“The bottom line is what was done up there was inappropriate and it's got to stop. It's not acceptable and Brian is fully aware of that. With that being said, we're moving on and our focus right now is on Ohio State.”
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Kirk Ferentz was asked on Tuesday if Brian Ferentz would face any discipline from Iowa or from the Big Ten Conference.
“I think Gary will meet with him and the Big Ten will file a report,” Kirk Ferentz said. “Gary has had communication with them, and I think whatever everybody feels is appropriate, that's what we'll abide by, certainly.”
Brian Ferentz reports to Barta under most circumstances in order to avoid any conflicts with rules regarding nepotism.
The 34-year old Brian Ferentz is in his first season as the Iowa offensive coordinator after coaching the offensive line in the previous five seasons.
His offense has struggled for the much of the season and is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in total offense heading into Saturday’s game against Ohio State at Kinnick Stadium.
Brian Ferenz has not commented publicly since the incident occurred.