For those believing that Kirk Ferentz is thinking about retirement in the near future, think again. According to a report from Scott Dochterman of The Athletic, that won’t be the case.

Dochterman is reporting that Ferentz told players during a team meeting on Friday night that he plans to return for the 2022 season “and for multiple years beyond 2022.” Some have speculated that the longtime leader of the Hawkeyes might be considering retirement after the 2021 season, though there’s never been any validation to those rumors.

Ferentz’s current contract runs through the 2025 season.

Ferentz has led the Hawkeyes to a second B1G Championship Game appearance this season. Iowa ended the 2021 campaign with a 10-2 record and will face Michigan at Lucas Oil Stadium with a conference title hanging in the balance.

In over two decades as the leader in Iowa City, Ferentz has compiled a 178-108 record. His teams have finished ranked in the final polls 9 times and the Hawkeyes have appeared in 17 bowl games (with last year’s Music City Bowl contest canceled).

Iowa has finished with 10 wins twice in the past 3 seasons.