Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Iowa craves continuity among its football coaches, as evidenced by the fact that only two men have held the job since 1979.
The university has every intention of keeping Kirk Ferentz in place for the foreseeable future, awarding the coach a new seven-year contract through 2015. Ferentz likely has survived his biggest hurdles at Iowa, namely the stretch of off-field incidents involving players who plagued the program in 2007-08. Though some fans want to see the recruiting upgraded and Iowa reach more BCS games, the school is more than content with Ferentz.
If he leaves Iowa City, it will be on his own terms.
The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse has an interesting blog post about Ferentz's new contract, noting that Ferentz will be 60 when his deal runs out. Morehouse also dug up a revealing Ferentz quote from 2002, when those omnipresent NFL rumors had surfaced.
"I don't know what it would take to get me out of here," Ferentz said. "The NFL? If you pinned me down, maybe the NFL when I'm 58. If you get your butt shot off when you're 58, who cares? You'll be 60 soon. I'm not going to worry about it then. I know this: Players last an average of 3.3 years in the NFL, and head coaches are probably under that."
The life of NFL coaches hasn't gotten longer since then, and Ferentz knows he'll have greater stability in Iowa City. Expect him to coach his son, James, a freshman offensive lineman for the Hawkeyes, throughout his time at Iowa. If the NFL bug is still in him four or five years down the road, he might bolt.
But Iowa could also be his final stop.