Iowa Offensive Coordinator Brian Ferentz Will Not Return in 2024

By Garrick Hodge on October 30, 2023 at 1:17 pm
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Oft-maligned Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz will not return to the Hawkeyes in 2024. 

Following a report by 247Sports' David Eickholt on Monday morning that Ferentz was not expected to remain with the Hawkeyes after this season, Iowa interim athletic director Beth Goetz confirmed Monday that this will be Ferentz’s final year with the Hawkeyes, though he will remain with the team for the rest of the 2023 campaign.

Ferentz, the son of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, signed a revised contract before the 2023 season that had become a running joke in college football circles. In order to maintain employment, Ferentz needed to average 25 points per game and for the Hawkeyes to win at least seven games for him to maintain employment. Though Iowa sits at 6-2 after its off week, the Hawkeyes are dead last nationally in total offense (232.4 yards per game) and are only outscoring 13 out of 133 teams nationally in total points per game (19.5).

If Iowa was to reach Ferentz's contract goal, it would need to average 33.8 points per game the rest of the season, a total that seems very unlikely.

Ferentz has been a coach at Iowa since the 2012 season and has had a title of offensive coordinator in his job description since the 2017 season. 

Iowa plays Northwestern this week in a game that features a ridiculously low over/under total of 30.5 at most sportsbooks. 

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