Iowa isn't giving up on Kirk Ferentz despite a third straight season of diminishing results.
The Hawkeyes simply have to hope that the well-respected coach who has twice revived the program has another turnaround in him.
Iowa (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) is on course for its worst season since 2000, when it went 3-9.
The Hawkeyes have lost four games in a row and will need to beat Michigan and Nebraska to qualify for a bowl game.
The frustration is growing for many fans who have seen the Hawkeyes struggle to compete in the Big Ten despite a schedule that, compared with other seasons, hasn't been nearly as taxing. Getting rid of Ferentz is a likely option, not with a buyout of some $20 million, and athletic director Gary Barta has publicly supported the coach he gave a 10-year extension before the 2010 season.
On Tuesday, Ferentz tried his best to keep his focus on Saturday's trip to Michigan (7-3, 5-1). The future will have to wait.
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