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A quick note on Kirk Ferentz and the NFL

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By Eric Edholm

I am a little late in updating this, but I wanted to make sure I cleared something up on Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.

I had written last week that Ferentz, should he be pursued by an NFL club, would carry a large buyout.

Turns out, that's not true. I checked with some folks close to Ferentz who have knowledge of his contract situation, and he does not carry such a buyout.

Now, that doesn't mean that he's willing and or ready to leave Iowa. He has had his best season in years, still has a son playing there (James, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman) and probably would turn down anything but the perfect NFL situation. Remember, Ferentz previously let it be known that he prefered to stay at Iowa through his other son, Brian, graduating.

NFL teams like Ferentz. Although he hasn't coached in the league since 1998, Ferentz has a reputation that exceeds most college coaches because of his prior NFL experience and his work with offensive linemen, which is notable.

Would he consider a job this offseason? Sure, the right one. He previously shied away from a lucrative offer from a very prominent NFL team before that team turned to another rock-star coach to be its savior. I'll give you a hint: It didn't work out.

My best guess is that Ferentz isn't going anywhere. But he would make a heck of an NFL coach if he so chose.

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