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Is Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz overpaid?

Is Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz’s contract paying off now? Energized return game might go far

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Kirk Ferentz and his contract

In 2016, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz signed a contract extension paying him $4.5 million a year. If Ferentz is underpaid or overpaid is always a debate in these parts.’s David Schwartz explains why he thinks the contract looks better for the Hawkeyes with each passing day.

Returning star power to the return game

Wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette and running back Ivory Kelly-Martin aren’t just young, interesting pieces in Iowa’s offense. They could also be the key to jump-starting the return game. Land of 10 looks at the impact they could have on special teams.

A golden day

Former Iowa wrestler Thomas Gilman lost to Azerbaijan’s Giorgi Edisherashvili 8-7 on Sunday, but he did win gold on the American team in the Wrestling World Cup. It wasn’t the best performance for Gilman, but bringing home gold is never a bad thing. The Des Moines Register’s Cody Goodwin got Gilman’s thoughts about his performance.

Keep on rolling

A 2-1 win on Sunday gave Iowa baseball its second victory of the weekend over Ohio State. The Hawkeyes are 5-3 to start Big Ten play after facing arguably the top-3 teams in the league in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio State. The Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Dargan Southard recaps the win and the big weekend for the Hawkeyes.

Now that’s a play

Third baseman Lorenzo Elion didn’t just help Iowa take the series from Ohio State. His diving stop made SportsCenter’s top 10 plays from Saturday.

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