28 Facts About Kirk Ferentz

1. Kirk Ferentz is the current head football coach at the University of Iowa, a position he has held since the 1999 season.

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2. From 1990 to 1992, Kirk Ferentz was the head football coach at the University of Maine.

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3. Kirk Ferentz played college football as a linebacker at the University of Connecticut from 1974 to 1976.

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4. Kirk Ferentz was a standout linebacker and fullback, playing under Joe Moore, eventual offensive line coach at Pitt and Notre Dame.

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5. In 1973, Kirk Ferentz committed to play football at the University of Connecticut.

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6. Kirk Ferentz was a football captain and an academic all-Yankee Conference linebacker at Connecticut.

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7. Kirk Ferentz was a team football captain and was named the ECAC Division II Defensive Player of the Week after 12 tackles and two fumble recoveries in a win against UMass.

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8. Kirk Ferentz served as a student assistant at Connecticut in 1977 under head coach Walt Nadzak.

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9. Kirk Ferentz spent the 1978 and 1979 seasons as defensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Worcester Academy.

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10. Kirk Ferentz coached under Worcester head coach Ken O'Keefe and alongside offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, while coaching Joe Philbin, among others.

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11. At Worcester, Kirk Ferentz taught English literature and coached the girls' basketball team.

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12. Kirk Ferentz worked under Fry and offensive coordinator Bill Snyder, and alongside assistant coaches Barry Alvarez, Dan McCarney, and Don Patterson.

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13. Iowa appeared in eight bowl games during the time Kirk Ferentz was an Iowa assistant, including two Rose Bowl appearances and two Holiday Bowl appearances.

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14. Eleven Hawkeyes coached by Kirk Ferentz went on to play in the National Football League.

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15. Kirk Ferentz took a $3,000 pay cut to become the head coach of the Black Bears, who initially offered Tom O'Brien the job.

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16. Kirk Ferentz lost his first five games as head coach in 1990, but responded by winning three of his final six against Rhode Island, Delaware, and Northeastern.

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17. The Browns' players and some remaining staff, including Kirk Ferentz, moved to Baltimore before the 1996 season.

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18. On December 2, 1998, Kirk Ferentz was hired as Iowa's 25th head football coach to replace the retiring Hayden Fry.

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19. Kirk Ferentz hired Fordham head coach Ken O'Keefe, who he had worked under at Worcester Academy, as his offensive coordinator and former Michigan State and Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Norm Parker in the same role.

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20. Kirk Ferentz gave Doyle the "Assistant Coach of the Year" award, an award that had never been given before or in the 10 years after.

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21. Kirk Ferentz was named Big Ten coach of the year for the fourth time while at Iowa.

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22. On June 6, 2020, Kirk Ferentz placed strength coach Chris Doyle on paid administrative leave after a number of former players identified Doyle and Brian Kirk Ferentz as contributing to a program culture that was hostile toward black student-athletes.

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23. Kirk Ferentz notched his 100th career win at Iowa with a double-overtime victory over the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing on October 13, 2012.

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24. In June 2017, Kirk Ferentz became the longest tenured coach with the sudden retirement of Bob Stoops.

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25. On June 2, 2006, Kirk Ferentz became the highest paid coach in the Big Ten and third highest in college football when he was given a restructured contract that boosted his annual salary to $2.7 million.

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26. In 2008, Kirk Ferentz was again rumored to be a candidate for an NFL head coaching job, particularly as successor to Romeo Crennel for the Cleveland Browns.

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27. Kirk Ferentz is currently the 18th highest-paid coach in college football.

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28. When Kirk Ferentz took over at Iowa, the zone scheme was rare in the Big Ten, whose defensive lines typically were bulkier in order to withstand the power running schemes, giving the Hawkeyes an advantage.

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