Death, taxes and Kirk Ferentz at Iowa

Kirk Ferenc is still in Iowa.
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Speculation continues that Kirk Ferenc will retire from coaching Since the Obama administration, when Iowa signed its longtime president to the extension to 2025. Even with the caveat that it was “a few years,” we’ve seen overlooked ideas of who might end up take the lead In Iowa City as soon as Ferenc finally hangs up his headphone.

The joke is on everyone, because Ferencs will be coach at Iowa after the rest of us are dead. His son Brian? pssh. Perhaps one of Ferenc’s nine grandchildren would be ready for this position. Or grandchildren, grandchildren in the end. Or perhaps Ferenc will remain on the sidelines of Iowa forever, Bernie’s weekend en route to the 2075 Outback Bowl in the Diamond Jubilee season. No matter that Tampa and the rest of Florida will be underwater by then, the Ferencs will be for these Hawks as they ride their way to glory.

It was announced that Ferientes had signed, Friday, an extension of the contract to stay in Iowa until the 2029 season, and there was no urgent need to do so, given that it had already been signed, as previously noted, in 2025.

Iowa State went 10-4 this season, losing a Big Ten title match and the Citrus Bowl, but still finished 25th in the AP for the fourth consecutive season. Hawkeyes are 178-110 since Ferenc took over as Hayden Fry in 1999, and have had more Outback Bowl appearances (six) than in non-bowl seasons (four) during his tenure.

There’s always been a hit on Bill Belichick’s coaching tree, but perhaps the problem is looking at the NFL and the coaches who worked with him in New England. Back in the ’90s, Belichick’s crew included Nick Saban and Pat Hill (112 wins 11 games at Fresno State), two-time Super Bowl-winning Steelers assistant Jon Mitchell, and Frentz, who was the offensive line coach at Cleveland and is now associated with the state. Iowa is apparently forever.

green kelly

Chip Kelly has a new deal at UCLA, to extend the contract that was due to expire after next season until 2025 – not bad after leading the Bruins to their first winning season since 2015.

It took Kelly four seasons to bring UCLA back into competition in a conference the program hadn’t won since he was a buck 10 in 1998 and Bob Toledo was training there. Now, the task becomes more difficult with former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley arriving across town at USC and Dan Lanning taking the lead in Oregon after serving as defensive coordinator for the Georgia National Champion.

Could the Pac-12 be interesting? It’s been a long time since UCLA has ever been good, and with new coaching talent pumping in to line up with the conference champ, Utah is already a force to be reckoned with, and who knows if we’ll see a Western representative in College Football playoff for the first time since Washington in 2016.

Or, perhaps, all of this means that the Pac-12 teams will be better but they just beat each other and keep themselves out of the race for the biggest prize in the sport.


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