Ferentz: diversity group created after 2020 probe to continue with new group

The former chair of Iowa's Alumni Advisory Committee says he's disappointed that Iowa's head football coach Kirk Ferentz disbanded the group.
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 3:30 PM CST
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP/KCRG) - Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said an alumni advisory committee will continue, but with a new group.

The committee was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants,

In an email, Ferentz said the committee was created to provide insight from former players and coaches from other programs, so he could better understand how to make changes to create a more welcoming environment for every player.

“While the formal committee will no longer meet regularly, the input and direction they provide will be welcomed in our program,” Ferentz said. “A player does not stop being a member of our program when their eligibility expires. Our former players help guide and support our present and our future. I am thankful for their time and contributions.”

The Gazette reports that Ferentz’ decision to end the committee came shortly after its leader, former offensive lineman David Porter, suggested it was time for Iowa to part ways with Ferentz. But Ferentz said he had decided to overhaul the committee last fall before Porter made his comment to other committee members in a text message.

“The decision to evolve the Advisory Committee was made in November and communicated in January,” Ferentz said in an email. “Dave Porter did not share his sentiments with me directly. He included them on a former player group text chain where some of our current coaches are part of that group. I was surprised and disappointed by his comment and wish him the best moving forward. His comment had no influence on the decision regarding the Advisory Committee.”

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