Iowa OC Brian Ferentz apologizes for what he said to replay officials Saturday

Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz stands on the field before an NCAA college football game against North Texas, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz has apologized for his halftime actions during Saturday’s game vs. Iowa.

Ferentz said some words that can’t be printed on a family website to replay officials in the press box while going from the coaches’ box to the locker room. The remarks drew attention because they were overheard by many of the media members in attendance.

Ferentz was reportedly unhappy because of a review that determined Iowa running back James Butler fumbled at the end of a run.

“I want to apologize to the members of the media and the replay officials for my unprofessional behavior during halftime of the Minnesota game Saturday night,” Ferentz said in an Iowa statement. “My language was inappropriate and behavior was wrong. There is no excuse for my actions. I regret the negative attention this has brought to the program and the UI athletic department. I have sent a letter of apology to the replay official and have assured our head coach and athletic director I will hold myself to a higher level of professionalism.”

Ferentz’s father, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, had said what his son said was “inappropriate” and remarked Tuesday that “It can’t happen again.” Kirk Ferentz also said that Brian was set to meet with Iowa athletic director Gary Barta.

Barta said in the statement that he had been in contact with the Big Ten regarding Brian’s actions.

“My conversations have been productive and positive,” Barta said. “We hold our administrative staff, coaches, and student-athletes to a very high level of professionalism. I am confident Brian has a complete understanding that his behavior Saturday was unacceptable as a role model for our team and coaching staff and as a representative of the University of Iowa and that it cannot be repeated. We have completed our process and consider the incident resolved.”

The Hawkeyes, 5-3, beat Minnesota 17-10. Iowa hosts No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday.