Kirk Ferentz pleased with how Brian Ferentz has dealt with adversity

On Saturday, Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz coached his closing sport at Kinnick Stadium. Whereas many followers are comfortable to see Brian Ferentz’ time come to an finish, the Hawkeyes’ head coach and Brian’s father, Kirk Ferentz, has a way more nuanced perspective.

“This was Senior Day at present, his final day, so there was some sentimental worth to that, definitely,” Kirk Ferentz stated. “I’m glad it turned out the way in which it did. I used to be pleased with him. He’s been admirable in the way in which he’s dealt with a really robust state of affairs. And I’m not fairly certain I understand how he’s achieved it however I’m actually pleased with him as a dad. And may’t say sufficient about that. However I do attempt to preserve issues separate.

“On this atmosphere of teaching, good luck discovering — he’s had two jobs now in his profession. So there aren’t many guys sensible sufficient to know they’ve acquired factor… We’ve acquired actually good guys on our employees. Simply actually pleased with all of them.”

Brian Ferentz went out on prime at Kinnick Stadium with a 15-13 win over Illinois. The low-scoring output was simply the latest in his laundry listing of offensive inefficiency. On Oct. 30, Iowa introduced it should half methods with Brian Ferentz on the finish of the 2023 marketing campaign.

The separation isn’t any shock. In 2022, Iowa solely averaged 17.7 factors and 156.7 yards passing per sport. Even worse, Iowa completed one hundred and thirtieth out of 131 FBS groups in complete offense at 256.1 yards per sport.  Consequently, Iowa revised Ferentz’s contract forward of the 2023 season.

This system docked his wage from $900,000 to $850,000. Additional, Iowa added a clause which acknowledged Iowa should rating 325 complete factors within the regular-season video games for Ferentz to retain his job in 2024. For reference, 85 applications reached this mark in 2022.

It’s about greater than being a Ferentz

With one sport remaining within the common season, Iowa has tallied a mere 203 factors complete factors. Though Kirk Ferentz has blended feeling about his son’s dismissal, he merely hopes to see his gamers succeed.

“It goes again to the gamers,” the 68-year-old head coach stated after the staff’s win over Illinois. “That’s why we do that. And simply so comfortable for these guys, what they’ve endured and gone by means of. They usually know what’s occurring, too. However they’re on board. And once more they’ve by no means flinched, together with at present.

“It might have been straightforward at present. However everyone stayed the course, similar factor final week, saved urgent and a few good issues have occurred. It’s all you’ll be able to ask for in life, simply straight forward and see what comes out of it, and if we come up brief at present, we’d return to work on tomorrow and see what we will do in regards to the subsequent one and we’ll nonetheless try this.”

Taylor Mitchell

Taylor Mitchell grew up with a deep love for sports, inspired by her family's tradition of watching games together. Hailing from a small town, Taylor's journey into sports journalism began with local high school games and community events.
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