Iowa Poll: Would you support Brian Ferentz as the Hawkeyes’ next coach?

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ANSWER: That number depends on who you ask. There is a segment of fans that wouldn’t want Brian Ferentz as the coach even if the Hawkeyes won the national title with him as offensive coordinator. There are some fans who see Brian Ferentz’s pedigree and football intellect and would love to have him in the lead role. Like anything, it’s a polarizing topic.

The difficult part to comprehend is the dizzying way Ferentz fatigue swings like a pendulum among Iowa fans. When there’s a season like 2015, many fans were ready to make Brian Ferentz the coach-in-waiting. But after losing an overtime game at Northwestern last week, you’d think Kirk Ferentz was the worst coach in the Big Ten. The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle.

Multiple college teams were ready to hire Brian Ferentz as offensive coordinator after last season. Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien told me last spring he tried to hire Brian Ferentz at both Penn State and with the Texans. Brian Ferentz thinks differently and speaks more openly than his father. While they both are respected football minds, they are far from the same. I believe Brian Ferentz will be a college head coach within five years. Whether it’s at Iowa or somewhere else, that remains to be seen.

In order for Brian Ferentz to secure backing from the critical mass, the Hawkeyes need a surge. I’d say from 2017 through 2020, Iowa needs a minimum of 35 victories, win at least 10 games twice, claim the Big Ten West Division twice, secure one Big Ten title and bring home a major bowl victory. That makes it legitimate.  Otherwise, it could be viewed as a king handing the throne to the crown prince. 

Also, the school needs to be careful about any transition. Kirk Ferentz will finish as one of the most decorated coaches in Big Ten history. If he retires, Brian takes over and later is fired, Kirk may want nothing to do with Iowa in the future. An estrangement would be terrible for everyone involved. That’s what happened with DePaul basketball when Joey Meyer was fired after replacing his legendary father, Ray Meyer.

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