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Some Iowa fans think Kirk Ferentz should be fired

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - After a nine-win season, Nebraska's head football coach Bo Pelini is out of a job -- just two days after beating Iowa in a 37-34 victory.

Pelini's firing has led to an online petition that says Iowa's head coach Kirk Ferentz should also go.

"I do think that every era has an end point in time, and Iowa is much closer to the end of the Ferentz era than they are at the beginning," said Jon Miller, publisher of HawkeyeNation.com. "If Gary Barta felt like it was time to make a change, I think there's evidence there to support that."

Miller says the Iowa football program is still stuck in the early 2000's, and says the hiring of offensive coordinator Greg Davis doesn't line up with Coach Ferentz's goal for the team.

"The hire of Greg Davis -- it was a bad marriage," said Miller. "His philosophies don't align well with what Coach Ferentz wanted to do at Iowa."

The petition argues that since Ferentz's contract extension, he's under .500 in conference play.

"I think (the petition's) an overreaction,"  said Trevis Huff, an Iowa fan. "I don't think that's the necessarily the answer."

Other fans say they expected more wins out of Iowa and a more sustainable season, calling it "Ferentz Fatigue."

"Because, if the winning coach got fired, what about the Iowa coach?" said Justin Kirkland.

Kirkland says Iowa has to recruit more playmakers and improve their offense in order to get back to how they used to be.

While many people do expect Coach Ferentz to return again next season, the Pelini firing does put more pressure on Iowa's athletic director and Ferentz's future.

"I look at 2015 as a really important year for Iowa football and for Coach Ferentz," said HawkeyeReport.com publisher Tom Kakert.

Coach Ferentz is in his 16th season coaching at Iowa. He's tied for third in coaching longevity among BCS schools.

"I think it possible that maybe Ferentz is getting a bit stagnant, but I don't think it requires him to be fired over that. I don't think we're going to get anything better," said Huff.

The "Fire Coach Ferentz" petition has more than 1,000 signatures.
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