Forbes Magazine: Kirk Ferentz Is Fifth-Most Powerful Coach In College Football

By Mike Hlas Reporter


By Grant Burkhardt

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa’s football team was never ranked this season, but its coach is No. 5.

Kirk Ferentz was tabbed by Forbes Magazine as the fifth-most powerful coach in the college game. (To see Forbes’ lists of the most-powerful coaches, college football’s most valuable teams, and the best and worst college teams for the money, click here..)

The reason apparently comes down solely by Ferentz’s contract. The magazine’s capsule on Ferentz:

The Hawkeyes haven’t been particularly competitive of late, but Ferentz’s contract offers him some incredible job security. If he were to be terminated without cause, Ferentz would be entitled to 75% of his remaining contract, worth about $21 million.

The rest of the Top 10:

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

2. Gary Patterson, TCU

3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State

4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

6. Mack Brown, Texas

7. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

8. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

9. Les Miles, LSU

10. Chip Kelly, Oregon

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