Kirk Ferentz voices support for Iowa AD Gary Barta after cancer diagnosis

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz offered his public support Tuesday for Hawkeyes athletic director Gary Barta, who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The university announced Barta would be taking a leave of absence after announcing the diagnosis Tuesday. Ferentz said Barta told him about the disease “a while back” and the 19th-season Iowa coach said that he’s “just looking forward to getting him back here.”

Here’s Ferentz’s full comments on Barta, which he said on Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference.

“Like everybody you are always surprised. He let me know a while back, but Gary seemed confident about the prognosis and very optimistic going into this thing,” Ferentz said. “Like everybody, just wish him all the best and anything we can do to be of support here to help out during his brief absence and just looking forward to getting him back here.”

The two have worked together since Barta took over the Iowa AD job in 2006.

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