Bob Stoops and Fran McCaffery say they didn’t know they were sending cameos about Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferenc.
Because Iowa’s offense was terrible during the first two weeks of the season, someone tried to get former Oklahoma football coach and current Iowa men’s basketball coach to send messages of support to Iowa assistant coach and head coach’s son Kirk Ferenc.
The troll worked too. By telling Stoops and McCaffrey that they were talking to Brian without giving a last name, they fulfilled their cameo obligations. Both Stoops and Maccaferi told the anonymous Brian that he was still loved and supported by his family and father.
But both coaches told The Athletic this week. they had no idea that Ferenc was the subject of their cameos. Stoops began his career as an assistant with Iowa after playing defensive end for the Hawkeyes.
A spokesman for the Iowa men’s basketball team said McCaffery “definitely didn’t know.”
“I agreed to do cameos on a regular basis to raise money for Coaches Against Cancer,” McCaffrey said. “I would never do anything to belittle any Hawkeye program and have my full support for Kirk, Brian and our football team.”
Stoops, a friend of the Ferenc family for over 40 years, said he had no idea.
“Of course not, absolutely not, I have no idea!” Stoops wrote Athletic. “That cameo was actually a week or two ago. Some sad people! I support Kirk, Brian and every coach. I’m Hawkeye through and through!”
Iowa scored exactly seven points in each of the first two games of the season, and the offense scored just one touchdown. The first seven points of the season in a 7-3 win over South Dakota State came from two safetys and a field goal. The Hawks received a TD in Week 2 but lost to Iowa State 10–7 on a late field goal.
Iowa averaged 157 rushing yards over those two games. The rushing offense averages less than two yards per carry, with QB Spencer Petras averaging 23 of 51 passes for 201 yards and two interceptions. RB Leshawn Williams is the team’s top rusher with 38 carries for 106 yards.
Despite the difficulties, the Hawkeyes are still a 23.5-point favorite in Week 3 over the rebuilding Nevada team thanks to a defense that only allowed 13 points. And the bookmakers aren’t showing much confidence in the Iowa offense, despite the wide spread. Total for the game only 39.5 points.