Brian Ferentz Hired From Pool of 102

Sports

March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz’s son was hired away from the New England Patriots as the Hawkeyes offensive line coach out of 102 applicants who sought two open assistant coaching positions. The university released records Friday to The Associated Press showing Brian Ferentz was given a salary of $202,400, placing his compensation in the top half of offensive line coaches in the Big 10. The other assistant hired at the same time, linebackers coach LeVar Woods, will earn $187,000. University officials justified the salary difference because Brian Ferentz had more coaching experience than Woods, an administrative assistant with the team who coached as an interim assistant in two seasons. Brian Ferentz had been with the Patriots four years, and hiring documents say he was recruited by another college program.