Kirk Ferentz drew a lot of heat during the 2022 season, particularly for his insistence to back and support embattled offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz throughout a disastrous offensive season. Unfortunately, that topic is not going away in 2023.

During Wednesday’s press conference, Kirk Ferentz says he is not expecting any changes to his coaching staff for next season. While he did not reference Brian Ferentz — or any assistant — specifically by name, Kirk Ferentz pointed out he believes he has “a terrific staff” in Iowa City.

“As I stand here today, I anticipate no changes in our staff moving forward. That’s my plan certainly,” said Ferentz. “I think we have a terrific staff. I thought they did a great job last year in tough circumstances and navigated us through some big challenges. I thought our guys really coached at a high level.”

With Brian Ferentz serving as the team’s OC and QB coach in 2022, Iowa’s offense finished 123rd nationally while averaging 17.7 points per game. Spencer Petras also posted the worst completion percentage (55.9%) and yards per attempt (6.1) in his career.

Considering how dominant the Iowa defense was (2nd nationally with 13.3 points per game allowed), any semblance of an offense should make the Hawkeyes competitors in the B1G. We’ll see if Cade McNamara can help turn things around, but Ferentz’s decision will be rightly scrutinized moving forward.