Brian Ferentz Will Be Out As Iowa’s Offensive Coordinator In 2024


Brian Ferentz, the offensive coordinator for Iowa, will not be rejoining the team for the 2024 campaign, the university said on Monday afternoon.

Up until the end of the season, Ferentz—son of Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz—will continue to lead the offense for the squad. He began holding this position in 2017.

Ferentz stated that his primary concern is still for the “well-being” of the players, despite his decision to not return for the ’24 campaign.

“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,” Ferentz told ESPN’s Pete Thamel. “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,” he continued. “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.”

Iowa (6–2, 3–2), which averages 19.5 points per game this season, is currently ranked 118th out of 130 teams in terms of scoring offense. The offensive shortcomings of Iowa stretch back two seasons. The Hawkeyes ranked 99th out of 130 programs in 2021 and 123rd out of 131 FBS teams in 2022.

Despite Iowa’s current four-way tie in the Big Ten West with Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, the Hawkeyes’ leadership insisted that the squad score at least 25 points each game in the ’23 campaign—either on offense, special teams, or defense—including in a postseason bowl game. Only twice this season, against Western Michigan (41–10) and Michigan State (26–16), has Iowa scored 25 points or more.

The decision to split ways with Ferentz for ’24 was made in the “best interest” of the team, according to a statement from Iowa’s athletic director, Beth Goetz.

“It’s not my practice to be involved in assistant coaching decisions and certainly not to make public such a change during a season,” Goetz said. “Our football team has a group of outstanding young men and talented athletes, who at 6–2, have a lot to play for. 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’s contract was adjusted by the university with a $50,000 decrease before to this season. According to David Eickholt of HawkeyeInsider, Iowa would have reinstated Ferentz’s two-year contract if the program had fulfilled the university’s scoring order, or the “Drive to 325.”

Ferentz was under Goetz’s supervision rather than the head coach due to the school’s nepotism policy.

After a dismal 12–10 loss to Minnesota on October 21, Iowa had a bye week. The Hawkeyes will play Northwestern (2-3, 2-1) at Wrigley Field on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.