Ex-Ravens as­sis­tant Fer­entz re-signs with Iowa through 2025

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Luke Mered­ith

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Kirk Fer­entz has a new con­tract that will likely keep him with Iowa through the rest of his ca­reer.

Iowa an­nounced Tues­day that it has signed Fer­entz to a six-year con­tract ex­ten­sion through the 2025 sea­son.

Fer­entz, who is in his 18th sea­son lead­ing the Hawkeyes, will see his salary jump to $4.5 mil­lion per year un­der the new deal, with per­for­mance bonuses yet to be de­tailed.

Fer­entz, the Ravens’ of­fen­sive line coach from 1996 to 1998, said he doesn’t con­sider early 2026, which is when his con­tract ends, to be the end date on his ten­ure in Iowa City.

“I’m not big on caps of any sort. We’ll just take it week by week and year by year,” Fer­entz said. “I’ve never felt bet­ter, phys­i­cally and men­tally.”

Fer­entz’s last con­tract, which was for $40 mil­lion over 10 years, was set to ex­pire in early 2020. Fer­entz’s mas­sive buy­out was sub­ject to scru­tiny un­der his pre­vi­ous deal, but a se­ries of changes made by Fer­entz — earn­ing him the nick­name “New Kirk” — led to a 12-2 sea­son and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Ath­letic di­rec­tor Gary Barta said the buy­out in Fer­entz’s new deal is sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous one, though he didn’t of­fer fur­ther specifics.

“My de­sire is for Kirk to re­tire at Iowa,” Barta said.

Fer­entz and Oklahoma’ Bob Stoops are the na­tion’s long­est-tenured coaches, hav­ing been hired within days of each other in1999. What is re­mark­able about Iowa’s de­ci­sion to re­tain Fer­entz un­til the mid­dleof the next decadeis Kirk Fer­entz that, just 18 months ago, many Hawkeyes fans wanted to see him fired.

Iowa stum­bled through a 7-6 sea­son in 2014, capped by an em­bar­rass­ing loss to Ten­nessee in a bowl game. Fer­entz was never at risk of los­ing his job — partly be­cause of a buy­out that would have cost the Hawkeyes well over $10 mil­lion — but he promised to take a fresh look at how he ran his pro­gram any­way.

“What stands out about Coach Fer­entz is his abil­ity to bounce back,” said cor­ner­back Des­mond King, whose re­la­tion­ship with Fer­entz played a role in his de­ci­sion to re­turn for his se­nior sea­son. “He’s very re­silient.”

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