Hypothesis about Kirk Ferentz retiring from teaching has been happening since the Obama Administration, when Iowa inked its longtime head man to an extension by 2025. Even with the caveat that it was “just a few years off,” we’ve seen concepts tossed out for who would possibly finally take the helm in Iowa Metropolis as soon as Ferentz lastly does grasp up his headset.
The joke is on everybody, as a result of Ferentz goes to be teaching at Iowa after the remainder of us are lifeless. His son Brian? Pssh. Perhaps certainly one of Ferentz’s 9 grandchildren will probably be up for the job. Or his eventual great-grandchildren. Or perhaps Ferentz will simply keep on the Iowa sideline perpetually, Weekend at Bernie’s-ing his option to the 2075 Outback Bowl in his diamond jubilee season. By no means thoughts that Tampa and the remainder of Florida will probably be underwater by then, Ferentz could have these Hawkeyes aqua-punting their option to glory.
Ferentz, it was introduced Friday, has signed a contract extension to remain at Iowa by the 2029 season, not that there was any specific urgency to take action, provided that he already was signed by, as beforehand famous, 2025.
Iowa went 10-4 this season, dropping the Huge Ten title recreation and the Citrus Bowl, however nonetheless ending within the AP Prime 25 for the fourth straight season. The Hawkeyes are 178-110 since Ferentz took over for Hayden Fry in 1999, and have had extra Outback Bowl appearances (six) than bowl-free seasons (4) throughout his tenure.
There’s lengthy been a knock on Invoice Belichick’s teaching tree, however perhaps the issue is trying on the NFL, and the coaches who labored for him in New England. Again with the Nineties Browns, Belichick’s employees included Nick Saban, Pat Hill (112 wins with 11 bowl appearances at Fresno State), two-time Tremendous Bowl-winning Steelers assistant John Mitchell, and Ferentz, who was the offensive line coach in Cleveland and now could be tied to Iowa apparently perpetually.
Chip Kelly has a brand new deal at UCLA, extending a contract that was set to run out after subsequent season by 2025 — not unhealthy after main the Bruins to their first profitable season since 2015.
It took 4 seasons for Kelly to get UCLA again into competition in a convention this system hasn’t received because it was the Pac-10 in 1998 and Bob Toledo was teaching there. Now, the duty will get tougher with former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley arriving throughout city at USC and Dan Lanning taking the reins at Oregon after serving because the defensive coordinator for nationwide champion Georgia.
May it’s that the Pac-12 is getting attention-grabbing? It’s been so lengthy since UCLA was any good in any respect, and with the infusion of latest teaching expertise to associate with convention champ Utah already being a power to be reckoned with, who is aware of if we’ll see a western consultant within the Faculty Soccer Playoff for the primary time since Washington in 2016.
Or, maybe, all of which means that the Pac-12 groups will probably be higher however simply beat up on one another and maintain themselves out of the operating for the game’s largest prize.