Kirk Ferentz names offensive line coach Brian Ferentz as new Iowa offensive coordinator

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Kirk Ferentz names offensive line coach Brian Ferentz as new Iowa offensive coordinator

Kirk Ferentz didn't have to go too far to find his new offensive coordinator.

Just a few days after Greg Davis retired last week, Ferentz named his son, Brian, the new Iowa offensive coordinator.

Brian Ferentz spent the past six seasons as the Hawkeyes' offensive line coach and prior to that role worked for four seasons as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots. He played for his dad at Iowa from 2002 to 2005.

"It is an honor and privilege to be named offensive coordinator for the University of Iowa football program," Brian Ferentz said in the announcement. "As a member of the Hawkeye coaching staff, a former player and a kid who grew up around the black and gold, this is a special day for my family and me.

"I’ve had the good fortune to work with — and learn from — a number of great coaches, two who are coaching Saturday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs,  Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans and Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. It was an invaluable post-graduate coaching program for me. They taught me the value of coaching to your players’ strengths ... and instilled in me a relentless determination to win.

"As we look ahead to 2017, we will develop this Iowa team to be tough, smart, and physical — the foundation of Iowa football for the past 18 years. But to compete for a Big Ten championship, we must also be adaptable and flexible — to make the changes necessary that will give us the best opportunity to win."

Iowa didn't fare too well on offense this past season, ranking 10th in the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 24.9 points a game, and 12th in the conference in total offense, averaging 325 yards a game.

The Hawkeyes ended their season with a thud, falling to Florida in the Outback Bowl by a 30-3 score.

The Iowa offense will look different next season, with senior quarterback C.J. Beathard and senior running back LeShun Daniels Jr. moving on.

"Brian has been an integral member of our offensive coaching staff for five years, bringing national recognition to our offensive line and new levels of success in our running game," Kirk Ferentz said in the announcement. "Brian’s coaching experience here at Iowa, coupled with his time in the NFL, has prepared him well for his new responsibilities as the offensive coordinator for Iowa football."

Indiana announces OG Anunoby is out indefinitely with knee injury

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Indiana announces OG Anunoby is out indefinitely with knee injury

Explosive Indiana star OG Anunoby will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced Thursday.

Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean said in a statement that Anunoby suffered a knee injury when he fell awkwardly at the end of the first half of Wednesday night's win over Penn State.

"OG sustained a knee injury in this past Wednesday night's game against Penn State and is in the midst of ongoing medical evaluations," Crean said. "He will be out indefinitely. On behalf of OG and our entire program, we thank you for all of the support and well wishes that have been sent his way."

Anunoby is one of the better players on the Hoosiers, currently ranking fourth on the team with an 11.1 points-per-game scoring average. He's also averaging 5.4 rebounds per game, 1.3 blocks per game and 1.3 steals per game. Anunoby has made a habit of landing on the highlight shows with his thunderous dunks, like this one from last week's game against Maryland.

Anunoby's absence is tough news for an Indiana team off to a tough start to Big Ten play. After Wednesday's win, the Hoosiers sit at 3-3 in six league games.

Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

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Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

Welcome to the first Big Ten Talk Podcast of basketball season.

The Big Ten season is off to an intriguing start despite there not being an overwhelming of standout teams looking capable of challenging for a national championship.

But one of these teams is guaranteed to win at least a league title.

In this episode of the Big Ten Talk Podcast, CSN's Vinnie Duber and Matt Maniscalco go team by team to decide who's a contender and who's a pretender in the conference-title race.

Plus, they take in-depth looks at where Northwestern and Illinois stand — and which direction each program is heading — at this point in the season.

Take a listen below: