Kirk Ferentz Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz speaks with reporters during a news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at the Hansen Football Performance Center in Iowa City, Iowa. 221018 Kirk Ferentz 008 Jpg

It’s been a trying week for Iowa Hawkeyes head football coach Kirk Ferentz.

On Monday, Iowa Athletic Director Beth Goetz announced that Ferentz’s son, Brian, would not be retained as Iowa’s offensive coordinator next season, ending a six-year stint marred with offensive struggles. Brian Ferentz will be allowed to coach the rest of the season.

Tuesday, Kirk Ferentz seemed displeased with the news, and it led some to believe that college football’s longest-tenured coach may retire following the season.

Ferentz put those rumors to bed Wednesday, releasing a statement that said, “While my immediate focus is on finishing the season strong, I love coaching and my intent is to continue coaching here at the University of Iowa. We have built something very special here and I plan to coach until I am no longer passionate about the game, players or coaches.”

Ferentz has been the most successful coach in Iowa history, guiding the program to seven 10+ win seasons, with the 2012 season ending with 12 wins and a Rose Bowl appearance for the Hawkeyes, their first since 1991. He passed Hayden Fry in 2019 to become the winningest coach in Iowa history.

Ferentz’s statement led to plenty of reactions on social media.

Multiple fans were pleased with the news but wanted Ferentz to hire an offensive coordinator who could have more control of the offense.

One fan noted that Ferentz’s statement leaves plenty of wiggle room for when he could choose to retire.

[Iowa Football]