After Fry retired in 1998, Kirk Ferentz took over the reins of the football program.
“He, likewise, has treated us like we’re part of the staff,” Riggan said. “He’s just good people.”
“Mike is a big part of our team,” Coach Ferentz said. “The thing that has always jumped out at me is that the truck is symbolic of the way Mike treats us. . . . It’s just absolutely spectacular. I tease Mike [that] you could perform surgery on it. Mike takes great pride in keeping that thing spotless.”
The coach said the truck helps spread the university’s name and football program through the areas in which it travels.
“It’s great advertising for us,” Ferentz said. “The detail of the graphics and the artwork on the truck is splendid.”
He also said that it’s always a kick to see the truck waiting for the team.
“We’ll get off the plane, and the truck is sitting out there on the tarmac,” the coach said.
And he heaped praise on Riggan’s dedication to the university and the team.