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Iowa Amends Contract of OC/QB Coach Brian Ferentz

IOWA CITY, IA - SEPTEMBER 03: Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz watches his team run through drills before a college football game between the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the Iowa Hawkeyes, September 03, 2022, at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA. Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire),

Iowa has made amendments to the contract of OC/QB coach Brian Ferentz.

Brian Ferentz, the son of longtime Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, has been the target of much criticism over his time as Iowa’s offensive coordinator, which started in 2017.

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta announced amendments to Ferentz’s contract Monday.

The amendments are… interesting. Here they are.

  • An 850,000 salary that’s been effective since Feb. 1.
  • Financial incentives based on designated performance objectives. 

Those objectives include:

  • Average at least 25 points per game
  • Win at least seven games, including a bowl game

Last season, Iowa averaged 17.7 points per game, which ranked 12th out of 14 Big Ten schools, ahead of only Rutgers (4-8, 1-8 Big Ten) and Northwestern (1-11, 1-8 Big Ten). Nationally, Iowa finished 123rd of 131 teams in scoring average. If Iowa averaged 25 points per game this season, it would have been one of 86 teams to accomplish that feat. Iowa won eight games this past season, including a 21-0 win over Kentucky in the Outback Bowl. 

Penn State plays Iowa Sept. 23 at Beaver Stadium. The last time Penn State played Iowa was in October 2021. No. 3 Iowa came back from a 17-3 deficit to beat No. 4 Penn State 23-20. Penn State fans remember that day mainly for DT PJ Mustipher and QB Sean Clifford getting injured in the first half. Mustipher missed the final eight games of the season. Clifford returned the next game, but Penn State wasn’t the same. Coach James Franklin’s team fell from 5-0 and in the top five to 7-6 at the end of the season.

Iowa added a familiar Penn State foe this past December when QB Cade McNamara transferred from Michigan. It’s unclear who will be running Ferentz’s offense in 2023, but it’s hard to imagine the unit being any worse.

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