In his press conference on Tuesday, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz doubled down on Iowa fans booing injured Penn State players in the Nittany Lions' 23-20 loss to the Hawkeyes on Saturday.
"I hope those guys are well, I don't know what their status is," Ferentz said. "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.
Let me dissect this for a moment before the rest of the quote because, despite the heavy accusations, there has been no logical proof presented by one Iowa fan or now coach that suggested any of the injuries were not legitimate. PJ Mustipher was hurt on the first defensive drive of the game and didn't return. Sean Clifford as you know was injured and he too did not return.
That brings us to defensive standout Arnold Ebikete who as you can see, was hobbling prior to the play that he went down.
Heres the play before the one you show where he went down, but he got up and played that next down. Its tough when people chop up film like this and present it as damning evidence. Give these athletes some credit. They want to play. pic.twitter.com/LsLU2jFW29— (@dc2bk) October 11, 2021
This prompted Iowa tight ends coach Levar Woods to fall down in a mocking manner as the video shows below.
We know Penn State had some legitimate injuries in this game, but this 54 seconds of video was especially entertaining.— Mark Freund (@MarkFreundTV) October 10, 2021
I believe this player walked off the field shortly after this clip ends... Let's just say the Iowa coaching staff wasn't buying this one. pic.twitter.com/YC6RPQaIi8
"We don't coach it, haven't really been exposed to it, but our fans thought they smelled a rat, I guess, I don't know, so they responded the way they responded."
The fans surely smelled a rat when KeAndre Lambert-Smith went down which assuredly was a ploy to slow down the Iowa offense. It should also be noted that Iowa averaged 2.4 yards per carry and showed no signs of trying to hurry up the game, nor anything even remotely resembling a "rhythm" on offense.
If anyone would know about injuries it may be Ferentz who just ten years ago had thirteen players hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis after a workout with former strength coach and good friend, Chris Doyle. It should also be noted that Doyle and Iowa parted ways in 2020 after 21 years at Iowa after allegations of racially biased behavior (yes, I said parted ways, because he was inexplicably given the platform to thank the Hawkeye fan base and "step down" instead of being fired for being a racist). Oh, and of course, Ferentz and his son were also named in the allegations of discriminatory behavior. Totally normal stuff, y'all.
Iowa hilariously moved to No. 2 in both polls and will host Purdue on Saturday.