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Barta’s three-word response to Ferentz-to-NFL rumors

[ 0 ] December 31, 2012 |

Seven NFL coaches got whacked on what has become an annual Black Monday.

And for fans who subscribe to the belief that Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz could break a $3.7 million (or so) contract that runs through the 2019 season, here’s the latest from Hawkeye athletic director Gary Barta.

In an email response to three questions, here’s how the university’s sports boss replied:

Q: Has Kirk informed you that he plans to talk to anyone about another coaching position?

A: No.

Q: Has anyone asked to interview him?

A: No.

Q: Do you anticipate Kirk being Iowa’s coach next season?

A: Yes.

A Kansas City Star report Monday confirmed Barta’s assertion that Ferentz likely is not an NFL candidate. The Star reported that team president Clark Hunt is taking a hands-on role in the hiring process. That would eliminate Ferentz and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels – both of whom have strong ties to Chiefs GM Scott Pioli — as candidates.

Barta signed off by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

So much for the Ferentz to Kansas City thought.






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