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It’s easy to forget how much heat Ferentz took during the program’s brief dip into mediocrity in 2006-07, but Iowa’s upset win over Penn State two years ago kicked off a resurgence. Iowa is 15-2 in its last 17 games, and the Hawkeyes haven’t lost a game Stanzi has started and finished in nearly two years.

Ferentz is cautiously optimistic about Iowa’s chances this fall, but he also knows better than anyone that the Hawkeyes don’t have much room for error.

“You never win a championship, no team does, I don’t think, in team sports without great leadership,” Ferentz said. “That’s first and foremost, and you have to have some great stories along the way.”