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Penn State vs Iowa: Bill O'Brien admires the longevity of Kirk Ferentz

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien is impressed by Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.

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Not many coaches can stick around at the same place for an extended period of time, which is one of the reasons Bill O'Brien has so much respect for Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz.

O'Brien has been doing a nice job by all accounts in his first season with the Penn State Nittany Lions. The newest coach in the Big Ten is hoping to have similar longevity to that of Ferentz's.

"I'll tell you what, first of all, it's a ton of credit to Coach Ferentz," O'Brien said. " I've gotten to know him because of my relationship with Brian a little bit, and I've even‑‑ I went out to Iowa when I was in New England, I worked out Ricky Stanzi, and so I watched firsthand what he did out there in spring practice, and just does an excellent job of teaching fundamental, physical football, smart football."

O'Brien continued, speaking on how Ferentz was able to implement his style of football and why he now deserves to stay for as long as he'd like.

"So Kirk has done a really good job of that at Iowa, and obviously he's stayed. But again, like you said, 14 years, in my opinion he should be at Iowa for however long he wants to be there. He's done a great job there, and he deserves to be there for a long time."