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Ferentz Value: Worth the $$

October 5, 2009

Written by Jon Miller

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ESPN recently blogged about Kirk Ferentz and his $3 million dollar salary.

The author basically wrote about what I have felt since Ferentz landed his rich extension: That Iowa is showing it’s a major player in the college football world, and their commitment to football can never be questioned.

Here is a blurb from the article:

Look around the country as talent-stocked teams like Cal and Florida State implode at the first sign of trouble. Then look at the way Iowa rallied from 10-0 deficit on the road against Penn State at night to win the game based on defense, special teams and a ton of mental toughness. To many, Ferentz’s credentials don’t translate into a $3 million salary, but consider the alternative. If Iowa doesn’t pay, it could turn into Louisville or North Carolina or Michigan State or Washington State, programs that went downhill after losing successful coaches (Bobby Petrino, Brown, Nick Saban, Mike Price). Coaching change really stings, and some programs never recover. Iowa has avoided the same fate.

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Jon’s Take: I hope Kirk Ferentz stays at Iowa for another decade, if he wants to. I don’t want to even imagine the day that Ferentz isn’t Iowa’s head coach. I am sure many of you felt the same way towards the end of the Hayden Fry era. I was probably too young to really evaluate that situation, and now that I am pushing 40 and have seen quite a bit of college football, it’s clear to me:

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Kirk Ferentz is worth every penny, including the hours of private jet use he negotiated in his recent contract. By the way, Ferentz regularly let’s others use the jet & his hours, people that need it for medical reasons for Iowa’s hospitals, etc.

I don’t think Iowa can ever do better than it has in hiring and keeping Kirk Ferentz; I only hope that when Ferentz decides to retire a long ways down the road, they can find someone in his league.

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