Iowa Hawkeyes Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detailed view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmet on the sidelines in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa Hawkeyes announced a major amendment to offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and his contract. What the CFB world wasn’t expecting was what that brand-new stipulation in it is.

Scott Dochterman, the Iowa writer for The Athletic, reported the details on Twitter. Dochterman wrote, “Iowa announces amendments to Brian Ferentz’s employment: Salary of $850,000, effective Feb. 1, 2023 (down $50k from 2022). Designated Performance Objectives for the 2023 season include an average of at least 25 points per game and a minimum of 7 wins.”

At first glance, you read that tweet, and you might ask yourself, “Seriously?” Iowa and their offense haven’t really blazed the trail. The trademark for the Hawkeyes has been defense for quite some time. Iowa averaged 18.6 points per game last season. That’s 0.1 less than juggernaut UConn.

To not only expect more than that… but to also stipulate it in the contract? Bonkers! 85 of the 131 FBS schools last season scored at least 25 points per game last year. But that would be a touchdown worth’s jump for the Hawkeyes if they were to pull that off. We know they now have Cade McNamara, but it’s still an incredibly lofty, aspirational goal. Especially when it’s stipulated in the contract.

The 7-win benchmark for Ferentz, at least, shouldn’t be too lofty. Iowa has won at least seven games in each of the last 10 full seasons. In 2020, they won six games, but that season was shortened of course.

The CFB world reacted to the crazy contract stipulation.

[Scott Dochterman]

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