Kirk Ferentz comments on amended contract for Brian Ferentz, says it's 'not something we're thinking about'
Kirk Ferentz addressed the media Wednesday afternoon for one of his first appearances of the spring. Among other things, he shared some of his first public comments on the amended contract details for his son and OC, Brian Ferentz.
In case you have been living under a rock and missed the news, Iowa handed Brian Ferentz a reworked deal after a disastrous stretch of offense for the Hawkeyes. That deal includes a $50,000 pay cut but a chance to earn a $112,500 bonus if Iowa averages at least 25 points per game this season.
In his comments on Wednesday, Kirk Ferentz said everything was done strictly between AD Gary Barta and Brian. He also said it’s not something on anyone’s mind entering the season.
“That was really between (AD) Gary (Barta) and Brian,” said Ferentz. “I have an arrangement, Gary supervises Brian for obvious reasons. That’s really the same thing. It’s in the books, we’re moving forward. That is not something we’re thinking about, we’re thinking about our whole team having a great season.”
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Outlook for Iowa
While Kirk is trying to downplay the contract amendment, it is certainly a major deal for Brian Ferentz and his future with the Hawkeyes. If Iowa doesn’t average at least 25 points per game, Brian Ferentz will be relieved of his duties following the 2023 season.
Fortunately, one of the major reasons for Iowa’s disastrous performance in 2022 was subpar quarterback play. To fix that issue, the Hawkeyes added former Michigan QB Cade McNamara in the portal.
The good news? McNamara doesn’t have to be an all-star caliber player. If he simply plays the role of an efficient game manager, Iowa’s defense is enough to help the Hawkeyes back to a strong record and B1G West push in 2023.