Coming off an undefeated regular season in 2015 and already off to a 1-0 start this season, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is reportedly set to get a contract extension. Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reported, via Twitter, an announcement could be made as soon as today.
The terms of the new contract have yet to be reported. Ferentz is currently signed through 2020. (UPDATE: Iowa’s new contract for Ferentz runs through the 2026 season.)
Ferentz, 61 years of age, has been the head coach of the Hawkeyes since 1999 after a handful of seasons as an offensive line coach in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens. With Iowa’s season-opening victory on Friday, Iowa is now 128-87 under Ferentz with six bowl victories among them. Iowa played for the Big Ten championship last fall but came up short against Michigan State, thus missing out on a potential spot in the College Football Playoff. Ferentz has not coached Iowa to a postseason victory since winning the Insight Bowl in 2010, but the outlook looks promising for another solid-looking regular season.
According to the USA Today database of college football coaching salaries, Ferentz was the 14th highest-paid coach in college football in 2015, earning $4,075,000 in total pay. That was the fourth-highest among Big Ten coaches, trailing Jim Harbaugh (Michigan; $7,004,000), Urban Meyer (Ohio State; $5,860,000) and James Franklin (Penn State; $4,400,000).