Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Brian Ferentz knew he would face questions about former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez being found guilty of first-degree murder — which means he will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
Back in 2011, Ferentz was the tight ends coach for New England.
At that time, Aaron Hernandez was one of the most talented young tight ends in the league and on the verge of signing a five-year, $40 million deal.
With his own personal connections to Hernandez — and the program’s connection to Hernandez’s brother, who was an offensive grad assistant with the Iowa tight ends — the questions came his way.
When he heard the question, Ferentz found his way around the question.
“These things are unfortunate, and really I don’t think it benefits Iowa football or myself to comment on the situation other than it’s tragic. It’s certainly much more tragic for the victims involved, but these types of things, they affect everyone,” Ferentz said, via NBC Sports.
“I feel bad for DJ and for his family, but I feel worse for the victims in this case. Things like this, again, I think the reason you don’t comment is what can you really say. I don’t know what I could say that would make any sense to me or to anyone in here and wouldn’t be picked apart.”
It was the smart way for Ferentz to avoid the questioning. Hopefully he will be able to now turn his full attention to the Hawkeyes’ program and avoid further questioning.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Benjamin Roberts / Iowa City Press-Citizen