Kirk Ferentz Not Taking K.C. Chiefs Job, Staying at Iowa



Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest tenured in the Big Ten, reiterated Wednesday his long-term plans to remain the head coach in Iowa City.

Apparently, his boy Scott Pioli wasn’t able to lure him away to the Kansas City Chiefs, like early speculation indicated. Now, if it were the New England Patriots who knows?

Anyways Ferentz released a statement:


“There continues to be public speculation and questions, as recently as the December 4th press conference, regarding my coaching future at Iowa or elsewhere,” said Ferentz.

“To emphasize what I have said previously, I am very happy at Iowa.  We have a great staff and group of student athletes, and we receive outstanding support from President Sally Mason and Director of Athletics Gary Barta.  I fully intend to be at Iowa next year and well beyond 2012.”

Ferentz is completing his 13th season as Iowa’s head coach, which ranks fourth longest among all FBS programs.  His latest contract extension runs through the 2020 season.  The Hawkeyes are one of four programs in the nation to have won a bowl game at the conclusion of each of the last three seasons.

Iowa has made two BCS bowl appearances under Ferentz, including a 24-14 win in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.  Iowa has played in six January bowl games and has four January bowl victories (2004 Outback Bowl, 2005 Capital One Bowl, 2009 Outback Bowl and 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl).  

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