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|Kirk Ferentz has led Iowa to six January bowl games in the past eight years.|
"I've said publicly, and privately to Kirk, that it would be my goal to have him retire at Iowa," athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. "This contract is a statement supporting that commitment."
"To many, Ferentz's credentials don't translate into a $3 million salary, but consider the alternative. If Iowa doesn't pay, it could turn into Louisville or North Carolina or Michigan State or Washington State, programs that went downhill after losing successful coaches (Bobby Petrino, Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Mike Price). Coaching change really stings, and some programs never recover. Iowa has avoided the same fate."