Reports: Iowa AD Goetz announces OC Brian Ferentz won’t return at end of season 

Iowa will be in search for a new offensive coordinator at season’s end. 

According to ESPN, Iowa interim athletic director Beth Goetz announced that offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz will not return at the end of the season. 

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Here is Goetz’ full quote according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN. 

“”Anyone who loves lowa football recognizes both the success and challenges that have brought attention to our program this season,” Goetz stated. “Our struggles on offense coupled with the offensive coordinator’s contract make this a unique situation. After conversations with head coach Kirk Ferentz, coach Brian Ferentz and President Wilson, I informed Brian that our intention is for him to be with us through the bowl game, but this is his last season with the program. Making this known today is in the best interest of the program and its loyal fans; it provides clarity during this pivotal time in the schedule. It is not my practice to be involved in assistant coaching decisions and certainly not to make public such a change during a season. Our priority is to put all our student-athletes in the best position to have both short-term and long-term success, on and off the field. Our football team has a group of outstanding young men and talented athletes, who at 6-2, have a lot to play for. As a former athlete, I know every opportunity to put on the jersey is a cherished one. As Hawkeyes, let’s continue to support all our coaches, staff and student-athletes in their pursuit of a Big Ten Championship and bowl game victory.” 

Ferentz is in his seventh season as Hawkeyes offensive coordinator. He works under his father and head coach Kirk Ferentz, who is the longest tenured skipper in the Big Ten Conference. 

Iowa is currently third-worst in the Big Ten in scoring offense this season, averaging 19.5 points per game. The Hawkeyes also average 232.4 yards per game, worst in the conference.

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According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, Brian Ferentz stated that he remains committed to helping Iowa remain the best football team it can be under his tutelage for the remainder of the season. 

“For the vast majority of my adult life I have had the privilege to represent the University of Iowa as a football player and coach,” Brian Ferentz stated. “I have always considered and will always consider it an honor. In that time my singular goal has been to contribute to the football team’s success. As long as I am employed by the University of Iowa my stated goal will not change. My priority will continue to be the well being of our students and the success of our team.”