Kirk Ferentz is the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten and level with Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops for the longest in the FBS.
Iowa hopes to keep things that way.
Hawkeyes athletic director Gary Barta said Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days that the two parties are working on a contract extension that will bring Ferentz, now 60, to retirement, Mark Emmert of HawkCentral.com reported.
Barta said the sides are looking to add more than one year to that deal, but didn’t elaborate beyond that.
“In a perfect world, my desire and I think Kirk would also concur, is to have him finish his career at Iowa. That’s the goal,” Barta told Emmert. “He’s proven that he loves Iowa. He’s proven that he can win at Iowa.”
Ferentz is 127-87 in 17 seasons as Iowa’s coach and has four times been the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Iowa won conference titles in 2002 and 2004 under Ferentz, and fell just short of another one in 2015 after a perfect regular season.