IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz likely isn’t a fan of the Big Ten moving to Friday night games, but played the role of company man on his radio show on Wednesday night.
“The politically correct answer is it’s the sign of the times, like expansion, college football expansion and Big Ten expansion,” Ferentz said. “It’s going down the track with a lot of momentum.”
The league announced it will begin airing Friday games starting in 2017 on Wednesday.
Ferentz likely read the tea leaves — and followed the money that comes from the TV contracts — while coming to the conclusion so many others have. It was inevitable.
No one at Iowa seems overly thrilled. Athletics director Gary Barta put conditions on Iowa playing a Friday game outside of the annual meeting with Nebraska.
Ferentz raised the question of the impact it could have on recruiting as the overwhelming majority of high school games are on Friday nights.
“My biggest concern is high school football just like it was the first time the topic came up years ago,” Ferentz said. “Probably all of us feel that way. This will be nice exposure and as long as we don’t overdo it, I think it will work out just fine.”