Ferentz reaffirms commitment to Iowa


December 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has reaffirmed his commitment to the Hawkeyes, saying he fully intends to coach in Iowa City in 2012 and “well beyond.” Ferentz released a statement late Tuesday night in response to another round of speculation about his future. Ferentz’s deal with Iowa runs through the 2020 season and pays him just under $4 million a year. Ferentz says he wants to emphasize that he’s very happy with the Hawkeyes, adding that he’s got a great staff and student-athletes, and strong support from university president Sally Mason and athletic director Gary Barta. Ferentz has been the head coach at Iowa since 1999 and is the longest-tenured coach in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes (7-5) will face No. 19 Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 30.