Brian Ferentz, the offensive coordinator for Iowa, won’t be back in 2024.
The son of longtime coach Kirk Ferentz, whose contract received national scrutiny amid the offense’s record troubles, Brian Ferentz, the offensive coordinator for Iowa, will not be back for the 2024 season.
Due to nepotism regulations, interim athletic director Beth Goetz oversees Brian Ferentz. She made the announcement on Monday after speaking with Kirk Ferentz, Brian Ferentz, and Barbara Wilson, the university president. Goetz said in a statement that Ferentz’s contract predicament and Iowa’s offensive difficulties this year had made for “a unique situation” for the program.
The Hawkeyes will take on Northwestern on Saturday at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. They did not play last week.
“Making this known today is in the best interest of the program and its loyal fans; it provides clarity during this pivotal time in the schedule,” Goetz stated in the statement.
“I don’t usually get involved in choices about assistant coaching, and I definitely don’t like to announce changes like this in the middle of a season. Ensuring the short- and long-term success of all our student-athletes, both on and off the field, is our top focus. With a record of 6-2, our football squad is full of gifted athletes and exceptional young men who have a lot riding on them. Being a former sportsman,
As the team’s offensive coordinator since 2017, Ferentz—the eldest son of Kirk Ferentz and a former offensive tackle at Iowa—has worked under his father’s tutelage since 2012. Ferentz’s two-year rolling contract with Iowa was set to expire on June 30, 2024, unless the team wins seven games and averages 25 points per game in 2023. This is an uncommon points-per-game stipulation contained in the contract changes published by Iowa in February.
Longtime athletic director Gary Barta, who oversaw Ferentz and created the infamous Drive to 325 clause, declared his retirement on August 1. Since then, Ferentz has been working under Goetz and is thought to be a serious contender for the position of permanent athletic director.
“Its structure is distinct,” Goetz said in August to ESPN. There will be a lot of chatter about it, so how do we accept that and accept it for what it is? That’s the agreement in force, therefore let’s concentrate only on our current task. Depending on the sport, you can defeat a rival team by a little fraction of a second. These individuals are wired that way.”
Iowa’s scoring offense, which ranks 118th nationally, falls far below the 25 points per game clause in Ferentz’s contract (19.5). With a yards per game of 232.4, the Hawkeyes are considerably below the next worst offensive in the country (Eastern Michigan, 258.8). They have suffered multiple losses, including the serious injuries of tight ends Erick All and Luke Lachey as well as main quarterback Cade McNamara.
With an average of 25.3 points per game since 2017, Iowa is ranked 98th in the US for scoring, but since the 2021 season began, the offense has only averaged 20.4 points.
In a statement to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Brian Ferentz said, “I have had the privilege to represent the University of Iowa as a football player and coach for the vast majority of my adult life.” “I’ve always thought of it as an honor and I always will. My only objective has been to help the football team succeed at that time. My stated goal will remain unchanged as long as I work for the University of Iowa. The success of our team and the welfare of our pupils will always be my top priorities.”
Brian Ferentz stated to ESPN in August that he was just concerned with how he might help Iowa’s offense and that he would accept any hiring decisions the team made.
At this institution, we’ve been fortunate in that we respect people, experience, and continuity most of all,” he remarked. However, I would respect the hell out of it if the head coach ever came in here and said, ‘I don’t think you’re the person to do this anymore. And I would leave through the front door.”
There have only been three offensive coordinators under Kirk Ferentz, the nation’s longest-tenured coach, who has been in charge of Iowa since the 1999 season: Ken O’Keefe, Greg Davis, and Brian Ferentz. After the 2011 season, O’Keefe willingly left Iowa’s coaching staff to join the Miami Dolphins, and after the 2016 season, Davis announced his retirement from coaching.
Kirk Ferentz is slated to address reporters Tuesday afternoon in Iowa City.
“I’ve been here 34 years now, two different times, and I’ve never witnessed a coordinator being relieved of his duties,” Kirk Ferentz, an assistant coach at Iowa from 1981 to 1989, said in an August interview with ESPN. “Yeah, you have to say maybe it’s time to move on or whatever if you don’t think the person is finishing the job. You just try to evaluate your people, that’s part of your job. This place hasn’t seen a lot of turnover.