The Iowa Hawkeyes have decided not to renew offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz for the 2024 season. This choice was made in October, when Iowa’s interim athletics director, Beth Goetz, stated that Ferentz would only be kept on until the conclusion of the Hawkeyes’ bowl game.
“Our struggles on offense, together with the offensive coordinator’s contract, create a distinct situation,” stated Goetz. “Following discussions with head coach Kirk Ferentz, coach Brian Ferentz, and President Wilson, I have informed Brian that our plan is for him to remain with us until the bowl game, but this will be his final season with the program.”
Brian Ferentz’s tenure ended with disappointment as Iowa suffered shutout losses in their final two games. They were defeated 26-0 by Michigan in the Big Ten championship and 35-0 by Tennessee in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl. The Hawkeyes’ offensive struggles were particularly evident in the Citrus Bowl, where they managed only 173 yards. These poor performances positioned Iowa near the bottom of national offensive rankings, ranking 129th out of 130 teams in points per game (15.4) and dead last in total offense per game (234.6).
With Ferentz’s departure confirmed, the Hawkeyes are now on the lookout for a fresh offensive mastermind who can propel the program to even greater success. While the team has been renowned for its defensive prowess, the elder Ferentz has always cherished Iowa football and takes pride in the way the program has performed under his guidance for the past quarter-century. Keeping this in mind, let’s explore five potential candidates who could step into the role of Iowa’s next offensive coordinator.
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