Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/7/13
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 5-4 and 2-3 in the Big Ten but with a win over Purdue on Saturday the Hawkeyes will become bowl eligible. Iowa and head coach Kirk Ferentz are 3-1 in Bowl games in the past five years. After managing only four wins and missing out on a bowl berth in 2012, the Hawkeyes are looking for some sort of validation to their season. A bowl berth however, wouldn’t do the Hawkeye fans any justice. What Iowa City needs is a change at the helm and a bowl berth would only prolong the process. Since Iowa’s Orange Bowl win in 2010, the Hawkeyes have underachieved and so has Ferentz. Players like Jake Rudock and Mark Weisman were supposed to help the Hawkeyes overcome their worst season in years but so far – despite a 4-1 start – they haven’t been able to. Rudock and Weisman are the players that grab most of the media’s attention but it’s the whole team that needs a makeover. The Hawkeyes defense hasn’t faired well against their Big Ten opponents – minus wins against Northwestern and lowly Minnesota – and the offense has shown flashes of what it could be but more often than not they have fallen short. Since 2010, Ferentz’s recruits haven’t panned out and haven’t helped the team sustain the kind of success it has been known for in the past. The glory years inside of Kinnick Stadium during the mid-2000′s are gone and Ferentz hasn’t been able to turn two or three star recruits, or junior college transfers, into Brad Banks or Adrian Clayborn. Iowa’s head coach Kirk Ferentz and defensive end Adrian Clayborn celebrate their Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 5, 2010. Ferentz is a beloved figure in Iowa and is paid like one – his annual salary of $3 million is one of the highest in the NCAA – but he has been slowly falling out of sync with college football’s changing landscape. A bowl berth should be validation to a good teams season. For the Hawkeyes it would only give a declining coach more validation to stay. Iowa will face-off against Purdue on Saturday at noon.
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