Iowa AD Gary Barta on Kirk Ferentz’s 10-year contract extension: “I don’t regret it at all.”
On Sept. 2, 2010, Iowa announced it had extended head coach Kirk Ferentz for the entirety of a decade that had just started, through the 2020 season. “I’ve said publicly, and privately to Kirk, that it would be my goal to have him retire at Iowa,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said at the time. “This contract is a statement supporting that commitment.”
Before going any further, let’s first put ourselves back in that place and time. And at the time, Iowa football was humming along quite nicely. The Hawkeyes were fresh off an 11-2 season in 2009, a year in which they won the Orange Bowl and earned a No. 7 final ranking in both polls. Ferentz, 55 at the time, had led Iowa to four double-digit win seasons and four top-10 finishes in the previous eight years. The Hawkeyes had won nine games or more five times in that span and only missed the postseason once. From 2002 to 2009, the only Big Ten program more successful than Ferentz’s Hawkeyes was Ohio State.
And, at the time, there was no thought Iowa’s success would not continue. Iowa entered the year ranked ninth by the Associated Press, trailing only Ohio State in the Big Ten. But the Hawkeyes went only 8-5 in 2010, the first of a new trend in which the program teetered on either side of mediocrity. Since then, Iowa has suffered only one losing season (2012), but it hasn’t won more than eight games or recorded a top-25 finish, either. As Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette points out, since Iowa offered Ferentz a contract that would pay him $3.65 million a year through the next decade, and still leave $9 million guaranteed on the table after the 2015 season, the Hawkeyes are 34-30 overall, 29-30 against the FBS and 19-21 in Big Ten play.
Still, Barta told the paper he doesn’t regret offering Ferentz the deal.
“Kirk was still being sought after, by both professional teams and by a particular collegiate team at the time,” he said said. “I never have and may never again give a coach a 10-year contract, but it wasn’t just about winning. It was the way he went about his business. The graduation rates, the approach to his students in life, creating them to be future leaders and, yes, the winning. All of that combined.
“He already had a great contract structure that was put together by (former athletics director) Bob Bowlsby. There came a point where he and I had great discussions and I said, ‘There’s going to be other people across the country who can pay you more money. I’ve put everything on the table but one of the things I’m willing to provide because of your longevity so far, the way you carry yourself, your great fit at Iowa, is a 10-year contract.’ I don’t regret it at all.”
Mike Bobo delivers ice cream to team: “It’s Friday. The Big Worm is here”
When Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo got wind that his players were going to have a team cookout this past Friday, he got an itch to surprise them.
That’s when he decided to get his hands on an ice cream truck and to deliver some frozen goodness to his team. Lane Kiffin did something similar, only with the band while he was at USC.
— Leah Knight (@Leah_Knight) July 25, 2015
Bobo had to do some sweet talking (no pun intended) with the truck’s owner to get to drive the truck, but eventually, the owner gave Bobo the keys.
When the truck pulled up to practice, players were a bit surprised to see Bobo poke his head out of the window and quote the original Friday movie by proclaiming “It’s Friday. The Big Worm is here!”
(H/T Sporting News)
Photo: Wyoming’s latest recruiting mailing strategy is going to be a hit with recruits
Finding an efficient way to connect with high school aged kids today with snail mail can be a bit of a challenge.
However, Wyoming may be onto something here with a unique mailing that they sent to offensive line prospect Thayne Jackson.
— Thayne Jackson (@ThayneJackson) July 27, 2015
You can imagine the smile of Jackson’s face when he opened that one up.
If you really want to connect with high school aged kids today, talking in popular movie quotes may be the perfect recipe to get your point across.
The possibilities with funny movie quotes relevant to high schoolers are literally endless, so here’s to hoping that Wyoming continues this approach with many more mailings like this one, and other programs pick up on the trend.
Video of the Day – FastPhysical Auburn Defense
Video of the Day
Tuesday July 28, 2015
FastPhysical Auburn Defense
Tuesday’s One Minute Warm Up
Take a minute and get caught up on everything noteworthy from yesterday, and get a jump on today here with the One Minute Warm Up.
– College football’s favorite ball boy, Red Lightning, is heading to an NFL camp.
— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) July 27, 2015
– The new book on Nick Saban’s looks like an interesting read (NSFW).
– Wresting may be fake, but this certainly is not.
John Cena suffers REAL broken nose on Monday Night Raw and it’s nasty. pic.twitter.com/0BjdG06Qs6
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) July 28, 2015
-The Special Olympics is full of heartwarming moments. Here’s a perfect example.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 28, 2015
– Pete Carroll takes you through the Seahawks very successful, and safe, tackling philosophy
– Ohio State pulled the classic dummy prank, and you have to see Cardale Jones’ reaction.
– The NFL got their first ever female “coach” and Sonny Dykes and Cal made a hire on defense. Details on The Scoop.
On tap today:
– Jimbo Fisher, David Cutcliffe, and a host of ACC coaches hit the ESPN Car Wash
– The Mountain West kicks off their media day