The Iowa Football program has under performed – to say the least – over the last three seasons. Ferentz combined for a 19-19 record over the past three years at the University of Iowa, which isn’t too impressive for one of the highest paid coaches in the country. Ferentz signed a contract extension after his team won the Orange Bowl in 2009, worth $3.675 million per season through 2020, with a $325,000 increase each year he stays with the program. Iowa Football’s head coach is one of the highest paid coaches in the NCAA with that contract, but does he deserve it? No. Are Iowa fans becoming impatient with our high salaried coaches lack of success? You bet.
Not only have Ferentz’s teams not been winning, but his players are getting themselves into legal troubles year after year. The Hawkeye football program has looked like the Cinncinati Bengals of college football from time to time. Too many players have been arrested to name them all, but stars such as Derrell Johnson Koulianos, Adam Robinson, and Micah Hyde have all be incarcerated at one point or another during their Hawkeye careers. What does this say about Ferentz? That he’s running a dirty program. He even let Hyde play a week after he was arrested for public intoxication and evading policy charges during the Hawkeyes bye week. Ferentz obviously isn’t doing enough to discipline his players and questions have risen about the character of the players Ferentz has been recruiting. Speaking of recruiting.
Ferentz hasn’t recruited well in quite a few seasons. Iowa football isn’t known for landing big named recruits, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable. Big name recruits usually transfer or get kicked off the team after they enroll at the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes didn’t sign a single top 150 recruit last season. Iowa Football’s head coach and his staff are bringing an underwhelming class to Iowa City this season after losing several commitments in the midst of an awful 4-8 campaign. Things aren’t looking up.
Not to mention Ferentz has to make adjustments in his coaching style. Iowa is too conservative on offense and defense for the new style of play in college football. Spread offenses and aggressive defenses aren’t apart of Ferentz’s coaching makeup, but they’re apart of the changing landscape in college football. Greg Davis came to the Iowa program to help a stagnant offense regain some life – so much for that. Davis’s system looked like the mirror image of Ken O’Keefe’s offensive system that drove Hawkeye fans crazy with its dullness and predictability. The defense isn’t any better. Iowa’s defense hardily blitzes and just sits in a base 4-3 the entire game, not looking to give up a big play. Instead opponents methodically drive the ball down the field and score, wasting 6-7 minutes of gametime in the process. Iowa was great a couple years ago at forcing turnovers and three and outs. Now they’re lucky to do so.
A lot of factors have contributed to Iowa’s slide these last three years, but a lot of the blame can be geared towards Ferentz. He’s one of the highest paid head coaches in college football, but his team’s results don’t match his contract. If Ferentz doesn’t turn things around soon then the Hawkeye head coach might lose his job.