Kirk Ferentz releases statement following conclusion of investigation
Husch Blackwell concluded its investigation into the racial disparities, mistreatment of players and bullying within the Iowa football program recently, releasing a report on Thursday morning.
The 28-page report highlighted some of the disparities within the program, as well as the positive and negative of former and current players during their time within the program. In total, Husch Blackwell spoke with 111 individuals during the investigation, which included current players, former players and current and former staff members.
Following the release of the report, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz released a statement on the findings:
This is an important time for me as a leader and for our program. This Review brings us face-to-face with allegations of uneven treatment, where our culture that mandated uniformity cause many Black players to feel they were unable to show up as their authentic selves.
I want to apologize for the pain and frustration they felt at a time when I was trusted to help each of them become a better player, and a better person.
There are several key take-aways that influence how we will advance the program, so every student-athlete has a healthy and positive team experience.
This has been a moment of truth for me. The release of this independent review is not the end of the conversation, it is the beginning of the next chapter in our program’s history.
Husch Blackwell did not recommend the removal or termination of Kirk Ferentz as the head coach of the program. The report also indicates that athletic director Gary Barta should not be ousted from his position, either.
After the report was released, the University of Iowa announced that it will hold a press conference with Barta and Ferentz at 1 p.m. CT. You can read the 28-page report here.