Kirk Ferentz’s New Contract Suggests He’s a Hawkeye For Life
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has been at his current position since the 20th century. Ok it was actually 1999, but it sounds more impressive phrased that way, What's even more impressive is the contract he signed on Tuesday.
Multiple media outlets report that Ferentz and the University of Iowa have agreed to a deal through the 2025 season. Ferentz will be 70 years old when that deal ends if he sees it through to completion. The new contract bumps his salary from roughly $4 million to $4.5 million a season.
Ferentz took over the Iowa job a few weeks after the 1998 season ended for the Hawkeyes. Since then he has gone 140-108 with the Iowa program, his only FBS head coaching job. He also served as the head coach of the 1-AA (now FCS) Maine Black Bears for three seasons in the early 1990s.
Ferentz finished in the AP top 10 in five different seasons with Iowa including a three year stretch of 8th place finishes between 2002-2004. Ferentz has an Orange Bowl win back in 2009 and a Rose Bowl appearance last season.
Ferentz is already tied for the most tenured coach in college football today with Bob Stoops (Oklahoma). Should Ferentz see this deal to completion he would be the Iowa head coach for 26 seasons ranking 4th in all-time head coaching tenures with one school. That would put him ahead of the likes of Alabama's Bear Bryant and Nebraska's Tom Osborne.