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Brian Ferentz done; 5 Iowa offensive coordinator candidates
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Brian Ferentz done; 5 Iowa offensive coordinator candidates

IOWA CITY, Iowa (BVM) – The Iowa Hawkeyes will not renew offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz for the 2024 season. This decision was made back in October when Iowa interim athletics director Beth Goetz announced that Ferentz would only be retained through the Hawkeyes’ bowl game.

“Our struggles on offense coupled with the offensive coordinator’s contract make this a unique situation,” Goetz said in a statement. “After conversations with head coach Kirk Ferentz, coach Brian Ferentz and President Wilson, I informed Brian that our intention is for him to be with us through the bowl game, but this is his last season with the program.”

Brian Ferentz’s tenure ended on a sour note as Iowa was shut out in its final two games, a 26-0 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten championship and a 35-0 loss to Tennessee in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl. The Citrus Bowl showing was especially porous as the Hawkeyes put up just 173 yards of offense. This performance put Iowa near the bottom in most major offensive rankings nationally, finishing the year No. 129 out of 130 in points per game (15.4) and dead last in total offense per game (234.6).

With Ferentz officially not returning, the Hawkeyes will be in search of a new offensive mind to help a program reach greater success after years of dominance on the defensive side of the ball. The elder Ferentz emphasized an appreciation for Iowa football and the way the program has played under his tutelage over the past 25 years. With that in mind, here are five potential candidates for Iowa’s next offensive coordinator.