Gary Barta

Kirk Ferentz wants to make changes at Iowa without making changes

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Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is almost ready to consider making changes within the program he’s led since 1999.

Ferentz met with the media Wednesday. Like any good politician, the coach discussed change, but he didn’t actually offer any legitimate solutions that would improve the program after an underwhelming 7-6 campaign.

“Football-wise we’ve got to look at everything,” Ferentz said, via The Gazette. “Maybe not what we’re doing, but how we’re teaching it, making sure we’re getting it taught and executed the way we need to if we’re expecting to be successful against good competition.

“The big thing is before we change anything, we want to make sure we’re making the right changes. There’s no sense to change things just to change things. There are some things that are going to look different. I don’t how dramatic they’ll be, but they’ll look different here.”

Got it.

Iowa’s coaching staff likes the way everything currently is. The group of coaches just need to find a better way to do what they were already doing.

Makes sense…I guess.

Something certainly needs to be done to infuse some excitement into the program. Since the Hawkeyes finished 11-2 overall with an Orange Bowl victory and Top 10 ranking in 2009, the program owns a 34-30 overall record.

The only legitimate change the program experienced since an embarrassing 45-28 loss in the TaxSlayer Bowl to the Tennessee Volunteers was a shift within the quarterback depth chart.

C.J. Beathard replaced Jake Rudock as the team’s starting quarterback as the Hawkeyes prepare for spring practices. However, the change may not be permanent.

“I think it’s very, very close between the two of them,” Ferentz explained. “At this scheduled point, I think we’re all in agreement that the thing that gives us, at this point, what we believe gives us the best chance is to move forward right now is to give C.J. a chance to be the starting quarterback.”

What Ferentz’s press conference essentially boiled down to was a coach that felt the need to address growing displeasure in the program after 16 seasons at the helm.

“He felt, and I certainly supported it, that between now and signing day is too big of a chasm,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said. “People have shared rumors with me. Kirk’s out, I’m out, we’re both out. He’s the new AD, etc., etc. Just to talk about all that’s out there. To hear directly from our head coach, here’s where we think it went sideways in ’14 and here are our plans for ’15. I know he didn’t lay out every particular plan, that will come later.”

Iowa’s problem is that Ferentz is essentially locked into a nearly unbreakable contract until it ends in 2020.

Some type of change is eventually coming. Hopefully, it proves to be enough to put the program back on the right track.