IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs off the field following the second quarter against the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa has, somewhat quietly, positioned itself as something of an NFL factory. Kirk Ferentz’s program should make a splash once again in the 2019 NFL Draft.The Hawkeyes are expected to dominate the tight end position. T.J. Hockenson could be a top 10 pick, and Noah Fant is also a likely first rounder.Ferentz’s success in getting players to the NFL is no shock. Apparently, he is incredibly well-regarded in NFL circles.NFL insider Peter King says that Kirk Ferentz is “beloved” by those in the pro football ranks.During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, the longtime football writer revealed that Ferentz may be only behind Nick Saban among college coaches that NFL folks trust the most.Iowa needs to play this clip for every recruit they offer from Peter King on the Dan Patrick Show. pic.twitter.com/zn0mgaFEjo— Hawks101 (@Hawks101101) April 17, 2019247Sports transcribed the key bit from the interview:“When scouts go into a program, there isn’t anybody, except maybe besides Nick Saban that they trust more than Kirk Ferentz at Iowa,” King said. “Kirk Ferentz is a beloved coach on the trail because he’s coached in the NFL, coached under Bill Belichick, he’s had multiple opportunities. If he snapped his finger he could have an NFL coaching job. He’s loved in the NFL.”For recruits with NFL aspirations, it is hard to think of a much better selling point.
Sirsena said that he dismissed the Prime Minister for conspiring a plot to assassinate him. Sirisena had then suspended parliament before a vote to verify Rajapaksa’s appointment, and then dissolved the legislature entirely. Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has expressed concern over the ongoing political crisis in neighbouring Sri Lanka, Raajje.mv reported.In a tweet on Saturday, Nasheed said it is ‘heartbreaking’ to see Sri Lanka in such a predicament. Sri Lanka’s apex court had reversed this decision and parliamentarians had rejected Rajapaksa’s appointment upon reconvening.The rivalry between prime ministers and Sirisena’s undermining of the country’s democratic mechanisms have caused a ‘political catastrophe’, critics say. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena had in October replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has a significant base of supporters, with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who claims credit for ending the country’s civil war and is accused of war crimes against civilians.