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Ferentz contract extended through 2020

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa has extended head football coach Kirk Ferentz's contract through the 2020 season. The university expects the contract to be signed by Friday.

The Hawkeyes will begin their 12th season under Ferentz's leadership in a home game on Saturday against Eastern Illinois.

The university says the decision was made with the intention to keep Ferentz at Iowa for more than two decades like his predecessor Hayden Fry.

"I've said publicly, and privately to Kirk, that it would be my goal to have him retire at Iowa. This contract is a statement supporting that commitment," UI Athletic Director Gary Barta said in a news release.

Fry will be at Iowa this weekend for the 2nd annual Fryfest and the home opener.

According to the university, Ferentz is one of only eight coaches in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision who has been head coach at the same school since the 1999 season.

Ferentz's total annual compensation under the new agreement will be $3,675,000. That total includes an annual base income of $1.87 million, an increase of $250,000, and annual supplemental compensation of $1.48 million, an increase of $80,000. Ferentz will also receive annual longevity compensation beginning in 2010. That amount starts at $325,000 and increases annually.

According to the university, Ferentz will enter 2010 as the highest paid coach in the Big Ten Conference and will rank among the highest nationally.

The Hawkeyes are coming off an 11-2 season a year ago that included a 24-14 victory over Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. That win was Iowa's first in a Bowl Championship Series event since Evashevski guided the Hawkeyes to a 38-12 victory over California in the 1959 Rose Bowl.

 

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