According to a press release as well as multiple reports on twitter, Iowa football head coach Kirk Ferentz has been named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.
“It is rewarding to see the hard work of our entire coaching staff and every member of our football program being recognized on the national level,” Ferentz said via the release. “I appreciate the acknowledgement of our accomplishments. I am honored to share this recognition with our staff, our players, and our great fans, and I am grateful to the University of Iowa for providing the necessary support for our success.”
Without a doubt, Ferentz is a worthy recipient of this award, and that says something considering all the great coaching jobs we saw during the 2015-16 regular season.
Heading into the year Iowa wasn’t expected to be great, and in fact many thought the Hawks would struggle. Ferentz was looking at a quarterback with one start under his belt in C.J. Beathard, and the prospect of replacing all-world left tackle Brandon Scherff and right tackle Andrew Donnal, both NFL Draft picks. Speaking of, defensively, Ferentz had to replace star defensive tackle Carl Davis as well as fellow DT Louis Trinca-Pasat, both in the NFL as well.
There were a lot of questions heading into this season and Ferentz was squarely on the hot seat after mediocre showings over the past few.
And all he did was go out and lead Iowa to a perfect 12-0 regular season and a berth in the Rose Bowl. Iowa finished 12-1 after a hard fought loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, and the Hawkeyes are undoubtedly a team that deserves national respect, despite not getting much this season.
All in all, not bad for a coach who many wanted out of a job heading into 2015-16.