Greg Davis will no longer be the face of Iowa’s offense.
After five years in Iowa City and 43 years coaching football, the Hawkeye offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach announced his retirement on Friday.
“I cannot thank Greg Davis enough for what he has meant to Iowa football these past five seasons. Greg possesses a great football mind, and he brought a perspective and expertise to our program that made every one of our coaches and players better,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a release. “Greg’s coaching career spanned five decades, from high school to the biggest stage in college football — and each day he exemplified passion for the game while instilling character in his players.
“That is ‘love for the game’ and without Greg, there’s a little less of that in football today.”
Davis said that it was his decision to step down and “not one he took lightly.”
Davis’ career ended on a sour note with Iowa’s 30-3 Outback Bowl loss. He was a part of plenty of success with the Hawkeyes. The program won 20 games the last two years, including Iowa’s 12-0 regular season and Rose Bowl appearance in 2015.
Before coming to Iowa, Davis spent 13 years as a coordinator at Texas. He won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant in 2005 after helping Vince Young and the Longhorns to the BCS National Championship.
“I have had a wonderful five years with the Hawkeye football program. I would like to thank coach Ferentz, the entire staff, our players, and Iowa fans everywhere,” said Davis. “(My wife) Patsy and I have enjoyed our time in Iowa, and not just the football part of it. The people of Iowa City and Hawkeye fans have been great.
“While we have our home in Dallas, there is no doubt we will be Hawkeye fans forever.”