Kirk Ferentz says he's staying at Iowa

Updated: December 21, 2011, 12:15 AM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on Tuesday night reaffirmed his commitment to the school amid speculation he could be a candidate for other jobs, including the Kansas City Chiefs' recent vacancy.

"To emphasize what I have said previously, I am very happy at Iowa," Ferentz said in a prepared statement. "We have a great staff and group of student athletes, and we receive outstanding support from president Sally Mason and director of athletics Gary Barta. I fully intend to be at Iowa next year and well beyond 2012."

Ferentz's contract at Iowa runs through the 2020 season and pays him $3.675 million annually plus a longevity raise that increases every year. He received an extension in September 2010.

Ferentz, 56, is 9665 in 13 seasons at Iowa. He's the longest-tenured coach in the Big Ten. Iowa has made two BCS bowl appearances under Ferentz and has a 6-3 postseason record during the coach's tenure.

Iowa faces Oklahoma on Dec. 30 in the Insight Bowl.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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