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Kirk Ferentz makes announcement Iowa fans will hate

Kirk Ferentz on the sideline

Dec 27, 2019; San Diego, California, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz reacts in the second quarter against the Southern California Trojans during the Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz made a significant reveal on Wednesday that will no doubt leave fans of the team feeling very unhappy.

Ferentz said he did not plan to make any changes to his coaching staff for 2023. That means he will be retaining his son, much-maligned offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, for another year.

Brian Ferentz became the scapegoat for Iowa’s offensive issues in 2022, and there were a lot of them. Despite going 8-5, the Hawkeyes averaged a pitiful 17.7 points per game and 156.7 passing yards per contest. Things were so bad that Kirk Ferentz had to address whether he would consider firing his son during the season.

Iowa is bringing in Michigan transfer Cade McNamara at quarterback in 2023, so the hope is that will improve things. If not, Iowa fans will probably get even more vicious than they were last year.

Kirk Ferentz answers whether he would fire his son midseason

Kirk Ferentz on the sideline

Dec 27, 2019; San Diego, California, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz reacts in the second quarter against the Southern California Trojans during the Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa’s offense has been so bad this season that there have been repeated calls for Kirk Ferentz to fire his son Brian as the team’s offensive coordinator. After the Hawkeyes lost 54-10 to Ohio State on Saturday, Ferentz again was asked whether he would consider a midseason change.

Ferentz’s response probably won’t surprise you.

“I’ve never done that in my career,” Ferentz said. “Don’t plan on starting right now. Our approach has always been to address what’s out there and see what we can do to improve. It’s been pretty consistent for almost 24 years now. That’s the plan moving forward. It’s been fairly successful.”

Iowa’s offense had just 158 yards total and 8 first downs in the game. They turned the ball over six times. Their only touchdown came defensively.

The Hawkeyes are averaging just 14 points scored per game this season, and many of those points have come via the defense and special teams. Their offense has been brutal.

Brian Ferentz, 39, has been the offensive coordinator at Iowa since 2017. Iowa has finished the season ranked in the top 25 in each of the last four seasons, including two double-digit win campaigns.

This season’s offense is atrocious, but Kirk is a proven winner. He has his philosophies, which have led to great success since he took over in 1999. He and Brian are unlikely to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Iowa fan brutally trolled Brian Ferentz with viral prank

Brian Ferentz during practice

Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz calls out to players during a NCAA football practice on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at the Hansen Football Performance Center in Iowa City. Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen

The Iowa Hawkeyes were caught in an awkward situation this week thanks to the efforts one one fed-up fan.

Frustration has boiled over among Hawkeyes fans over the team’s horrendous start to the season on offense. Iowa has scored just 14 points in two games against South Dakota State and Iowa State, and their 158 yards per game and 21 total first downs both rank dead last in the country.

Much scrutiny has surrounded the job of offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, who is also the son of head coach Kirk Ferentz. The situation grew more embarrassing after one Iowa fan used the website Cameo to request personalized messages from Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffrey and former Oklahoma coach and one-time Iowa star Bob Stoops. Both coaches unknowingly recorded messages of support to an otherwise unidentified Brian by request, with both alluding to Brian still having the support of his father despite recent difficulties. Stoops suggested that the subject of his video “break free from the family business,” while McCaffrey said to consider “making a move back to New England,” a veiled reference to Ferentz’s stint as a Patriots assistant from 2008 to 2011.

In statements to Scott Dochterman of The Athletic, both McCaffrey and Stoops made clear that they had no idea they were recording joke messages, or that the Brian in question was meant to be Ferentz.

Nobody can blame McCaffrey and Stoops here, but this hardly looks good for Iowa. The performance on offense has been bad enough without fans piling on like this, as funny as it may be.

It’s unfortunate that Mike Leach, another Cameo user, does not have any ties to the Hawkeyes. His message probably would have been phenomenal.

Iowa coach had prescient quote about punter Tory Taylor ahead of big win

Tory Taylor punts

Iowa sophomore punter Tory Taylor punts the ball in the second quarter against Kent State at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Bryon Houlgrave/The Register via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Iowa assistant coach Brian Ferentz had a prescient quote about punter Tory Taylor ahead of the Hawkeyes’ big 23-20 win over Penn State on Saturday.

Brian, who is the son of head coach Kirk Ferentz, has been Iowa’s offensive coordinator since 2017. He told reporter Adam Rittenberg on Friday about how valuable of an asset Taylor can be for them. Brian felt like Taylor could flip field position, which decreases the pressure on the Hawkeyes’ offense.

That quote could not have been more accurate.

Taylor punted nine times in the game, with six of the punts going inside the 20. Taylor received all sorts of recognition for the incredible job he did pinning Penn State deep on multiple punts.

Former punter Pat McAfee, now a huge online personality, was praising Taylor and touting him for the Heisman.

A punter like that is a weapon. Both of the Ferentz coaches know it. And now the rest of the country knows what a weapon Taylor is too.