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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Kirk Ferentz says he's staying at Iowa

By Adam Rittenberg

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 He can be reached at