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Ferentz talks quarterbacks, coaches, and transfers

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  C.J. Beathard and Jake Rudock are staying, as of now. That's the word from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, who met the media on Wednesday to discuss plans for the Hawkeyes future.

"I've talked to both guys and that is their plan as of the last time we talked," said Ferentz, "But it could be a fluid process."

In an unprecedented move, the Iowa head coach released a new depth chart in the week following the Hawks' TaxSlayer Bowl loss. The chart lists Beathard as the current number one quarterback, followed by Rudock, who had spent most of the 2014 season in the starting role. Ferentz explained his reasoning for releasing the depth chart so soon.

"We met very intensively when we got back from Jacksonville.  As a staff I thought we had great discussions, very candid discussions.  I thought it was really important for us all to set a starting point for us to sit in the room together and have some just good back and forth in terms of discussion, thoughts and that type of thing.  I mean, it's only a starting point like it is every year, but I thought it was more important to get it out, make it public as fast as possible."

While the quarterbacks don't appear to be transferring, the Hawkeyes will lose at least 2 players off this year's squad. Sophomore linebacker Reggie Spearman and freshman offensive lineman Colin Goebel have both been granted releases to transfers.

Possible coaching changes came up as well on Wednesday. Ferentz chose not to commit to anything solid at the time, but did mention some staff shake-ups could happen in the future.

"I'm open to anything right now.  That is something I'm not prepared to say only because I've got to think longer and deeper about it and ask more questions.  As I said, we have great discussions as a staff last week.  Part of the discussion there are certain players I want to talk with and had that chance already with a handful of guys, but I've still got a list to go."

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