If Michigan was interested in Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz the feeling was not mutual. During a news conference in Iowa City, Ferrentz said he does not feel obligated to respond to every rumor that connects his name to a job opening.
The latest rumor connected Ferentz’s name with the opening with the Baltimore Ravens. Ferentz says anytime a job opens anywhere in the country, one of three things are going to happen: neither party is interest, one party is interested, or both parties are interested. Ferentz says as far as he’s concerned unless both parties are interested. Ferentz says unless he’s interested and the potential new employer are interested, then he doesn’t feel it needs to be a public issue.
Ferentz calls the rumors “fascinating” and says he is not looking for a new job. Ferentz says he’s has a fulltime job in coaching for 27 years, including 3 employers. Ferentz says 18 of the years have been at the University of Iowa,and he feels “very fortunate about that.” He says if reporters don’t hear from him they can assume that he’s working on the job he has, and trying to keep the job that he has.
“There’s probably a certain percentage of the population that’s grown a little bit in recent years, that’s hopeful maybe that I was going someplace else, and I’m sure that number changes every day,” Ferentz says. Ferentz says if he has interest in another job he is obligated to notify U-of-I officials and did so after the 2002 Orange Bowl when he interviewed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ferentz says,”Unless you hear from me, just assume that I’m out working. You know the one time I was supposed to be interviewing with an athletic director at another university I believe in New York, I was in Parkston, South Dakota recruiting. A far cry from New York City obviously. There’s a lot of misinformation out there too. I’d caution everybody on that.”
The Hawkeyes finished this past season with a 6-6 record and had a string of six consecutive bowl games snapped.