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Kirk Ferentz Quotes

Kirk James Ferentz

Kirk Ferentz quotes: Hawkeyes head honcho on surrounding yourself with good people, beating more talented competition, his lack of a master plan, and more.

“If you take care of business, life works out.”

“Just keep working and digging.  If you do that then you just give yourself a chance for good things to happen.”

“You just don’t have any choice.  You can use it as a crutch or you can try to play through it.  We try to encourage our guys not to have crutches in any regard.  We’re accountable for what we do, and injuries are part of the game.  You can cry about it or you can keep playing.  We try to keep playing, and it gives somebody else an opportunity.”

“I’ve never had a five-year plan or a three-year plan, or whatever.  We had an idea, philosophically, of what we were going to do and how we were going to do it.”

“I’ve never come into any season assuming anything.  I know a lot of people got carried away, perhaps, about our potential.  But potential is potential.  You can look it up in the dictionary and see what it means.  What we do on the field is what counts, and it takes all 11 guys.”

“I’m sure I feel like most coaches; I’m just anxious to get started.”

“First and foremost, it centers around bringing in the right type of people: players who will be a good fit with our program and players who have a chance to develop.  A willingness to work to develop is at the center of it.”

“How other people perceived our season might go, it doesn’t affect me.  I’d have to be an insane person to worry about what anybody else thinks.  Our challenge was to do the best we could with the circumstances, and this season has been no different than any other.”

“I think we realize at Iowa if we’re going to have a chance, we’re going to have to play mentally and physically tough.  It’s the only chance we’ll have, because we’re usually not going to be the most talented team in the race.  I don’t think we try to emphasize it.  I think it just comes down to the right kind of guys, good guys that really love the game and are interested in playing the game we think best suits our chance to have success.”

“Our point is that there are an awful lot of very good football players and, those who have the willingness to prepare and see the bigger picture will be successful and will help us be successful.  Our job – and we think we’ve had some success – is to identify the Bradys and Hasselbecks.”

“If we don’t perform well, that’s my responsibility, and so that’s what I worry about.  And our job is to find a way to minimize some of the advantages they may have.  That’s our goal.  I don’t worry about the other stuff.”

“If you’re playing better at the end of the season, that’s something you can build on.”

“I learned a long time ago that at the end of the day, the only stat that counts is points.  The other ones are significant, but I’d much rather have the right score on the board.  At the end of the day, that’s what we’re worried about.”

“The bottom line is that there’s a lesson to be learned.”

“I don’t know if you could write a better script.  Nobody would believe it if you did.”

“Everybody got distracted by last week’s game.  Last week’s game doesn’t mean crap.  It’s what you do today.  It goes both ways on that one.”

“You look at the whole season, we experienced some ups and downs.  The bounces didn’t go our way at times, but guys never hung their heads and never got discouraged.”

“We faced some adversity, and to respond in a positive way, that’s good for everybody.  Hopefully we learned something about ourselves.”

“I think the mindset our team needs to have right now is that they’re not riding in on white horses on Saturday and lining up and playing.  We need to have the mindset we’re going with what we have.”

“To me, it’s all about performance.  It’s about how you do things on a day-to-day basis.  The attitude you take, the approach you take, being consistent and realizing that whether you win one week or lose the next, if you’re doing things right over the long haul, things are going to work out.”

“We need to eliminate some things.  We need to focus better.  We know what we can and can’t do and we need to steer the car in that direction.”

“It’s very hard to be effective without having composure.”

“It’s the same old thing.  They’ve got Snoop Dogg showing up in their locker room.  We’ve got Deputy Dawg in ours.”

“Let’s talk about the pink locker room.  That’s such old news.  We’ve had a pink locker room since ’83 or ’84.  There are a lot bigger things going on right now.”

“Like a lot of people who get into coaching, I was impacted by the people in my life.  Certainly my father who coached me in youth league baseball, and my high school coach, Joe Moore, were mentors and major influences.”

“I was fortunate to be around a couple of coaches who took me under their wing and taught me how to train, how to work and how to prepare myself for a game.  They gave me so much, and I saw the passion they had for the game and for teaching it.  What I learned from them led me to want to become a teacher and coach.”

“Everything’s pretty much – of my whole career – happened by chance.  I’ve never had a master plan or a list of things I was trying to accomplish.  But, again, the commonality is I’ve been around really good people – whether it’s head coaches I’ve worked for, the athletic directors I’ve worked with, the assistants that we have had – so there’s some luck involved there too.  It’s a pretty neat thing.”

“I feel extremely fortunate.  I’ve had great players to work with, and a great staff to work with.  Maybe a little extra ice cream tonight.”

“I’m not a flamboyant person.”

“You guys are always asking me about why I like to be at Iowa.  I don’t read the internet, as you know, but I get stuff handed to me by people in the office.  You want an honest answer?  I have no idea.  That makes it a pretty good story.”

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