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1. You just think your things are going to be OK -- That's how the locker room works. You leave your stuff, play a game and expect to come back to your stuff. No one is going to need crisis counseling after nine coaches and players had cell phones and cash stolen from the locker room at Iowa State last weekend. Kirk Ferentz called it an "inconvenience."
During his radio show Wednesday night, Ferentz said ISU athletics director Jamie Pollard has been "first class" over the situation. Pollard knows what the locker room means. He was a excellent distance runner for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. This stings no one more than him. In a statement, ISU said if the person(s) responsible aren't found, it will reimburse "those who suffered losses."
Strange story all around. Reactions have mostly piled on Iowa State, which is understandable yet unfortunate. Really, who saw this coming? Just your daily reminder that we can't have anything nice.
2. Hierarchy of Ferentzes -- Brian Ferentz is in his second year as Iowa's offensive line coach. He is, of course, Kirk's son. It's never "take your son to work" day at the Hayden Fry Football complex. There's a "coach Ferentz" and there's a "coach Brian."
"When he [Brian Ferentz] got here, he kind of laid it out on the line," senior offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten said. "There's only one coach Ferentz. That's what I remember him saying.
"If you walk in the hall with him and coach Kirk Ferentz and Brian Ferentz are there, you would call coach Kirk Ferentz 'Coach Ferentz' and coach Brian Ferentz 'Coach Brian.' He understands the position he's in. He's the assistant to the head coach, so he understands his role. He gave us permission to call him 'Coach Brian,' so that's what we do. As long as he's OK with it, we're OK with it."
3. "He's like 30." -- The number of receptions that have gone junior Kevonte Martin-Manley's way compared to the rest of the receiving corps is . . . let's just say pronounced.
Martin-Manley has 19 receptions. That's No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 28 nationally. Iowa's No. 2 receiver? Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz has six catches. After him it's Don Shumpert with five. But hey, Martin-Manley is the oldest, so he should get the most passes thrown his way.
"Actually, I'm not the oldest," Martin-Manley said with a laugh. "Cotton is the oldest. He's like 30." Well, fifth-year senior wide receiver Jordan Cotton is 23, but the joke went over well.
Iowa still could use another receiver.