I’ll never forget how nervous those two were when committing during the Army All American game.Ferentz specifically recalls the last time he recruited against USC .... in 2004/05
Q. You mentioned the long-term tenure. I didn't realize until tonight Coach Ferentz has the longest tenured streak in the country of head coaches. Is it 21 years?
KIRK FERENTZ: Yes. I'll make a comment (laughter).
Clay talked about our scores. If I had to live in a world with those 48-39 games, I don't know if I'd last 10 years. Those games kill you. I remember we played Penn State in 1983, I think it was 42-38. It felt like we had been in a marathon. I hate those kind of games.
Hopefully we're not in one this week. I don't know. With the way these guys move the ball and score, I don't know, we'll see what happens.
I mean, during my time coaching at any level basically, but especially in the college level, if you got seven or eight guys you can put in a game and feel confident, boy, you're in good shape. And, yeah, we're approaching that way. We're not there yet, but we're approaching. I think it's realistic to think that's a possibility, and maybe we can get to nine. That would be pretty good. My first year in college football was at Pitt in 1980, and I swear to God, we had five really good players. We had a sixth guy, we rotated two guards. After that it was Jim Sweeney, who was a true freshman, had a great career in the NFL, but at that time he was like 219 pounds out of South Catholic High School. He was the mutt. There were two other guys. One went to Penn State; one went to Tennessee, and then Jim came to Pitt. He was the best of the three. But anyway. Nobody knew that. But he was our seventh guy. Just kind of puts things in perspective. I kind of carry that with me all the time when you start getting nervous about things.
Q. I should have done my homework, but did you ever go to Maryland? I know you went in ’14, but like when you were at Maine and Pitt or anything like that.
KIRK FERENTZ: We played Maryland at Pitt, and one of the Tices was the quarterback, big tall guy. I can’t remember if they were both on the team. I remember they’re from Long Island. I think quarterback, tight end. They had a good team. Jerry Claiborne was the head coach.
Should Penn State beat Indiana on Saturday, Kinnick Stadium could host its first top-five meeting since No. 1 Iowa played No. 2 Michigan in 1985.
“If we work hard, maybe some good things can happen,” Ferentz said. “If you get quote unquote ‘big games,’ the circus will come to town. So, we’ve got to deal with that, and it’s a hell of a lot better than playing our fifth game at Maine in 1991. I don’t know who it was against, but there wasn’t a circus I know that.”
“I pulled up to the fieldhouse and the place was jammed,” Ferentz recalled. “‘What the hell’s going on?’ Craft show. Coaches had to park 300 yards away. Priorities. All right, now we had (another) one, too, was deer hunting season. Beautiful fall day. First day in November, 70 degrees, which doesn’t happen often. Playing Delaware, we upset them that day. There was like nobody there. I found out. Deer hunting. OK, whatever.