If Iowa offense ups its game, OC Brian Ferentz recoups pay Ex-Ohio State football players acquitted of rape, kidnapping SEC divides $721.8M in total revenue among schools
Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferenc is taking a pay cut under a new contract that will reward him if the Hawkeyes average 25 points and win at least seven games next season, and make it easier to fire him if they don’t.
The athletic department has issued a revised contract for Ferenc, Iowa’s offensive coordinator since 2017. The head coach’s son. Kirk Ferenc has been a frequent target of criticism for nepotism and lack of production by the Hawkeyes in the last two years.
The amended contract requires Brian Ferencz to receive an $850,000 salary this year, a $50,000 pay cut, and his two-year rolling contract has been put on hold.
But if Iowa wins seven games and increases his average to 25 points, he will be paid a lump sum of $112,500, his salary will go up to $925,000, and he will return to a two-year continuous contract.
“If Coach fails to meet its objectives, the agreement will terminate on June 30, 2024,” the contract states.
Iowa was 8-5 last season and won at least seven games in all but two years since 2008.
The Hawkeyes scored 25 points just three times in 2022, and their 17.7-per-game average ranked 123rd out of 131 teams in the Football Bowl division. They were second to last in total offense in FBS with 251.6 yards per game.
Athletic department spokesman Steve Rowe said the 25 points per game is for the entire team, not just the offense.
The Hawks defense scored 40 points with four interception returns, two fumble returns and two safes. Iowa would have scored 25 points in just two games had the defense not thrown two touchdowns in a 27-10 win over Rutgers.
Iowa would be averaging 14.6 points per game were it not for defensive performance.
The Hawkeyes last averaged at least 25 points per game in 2020, when they averaged 31.8 in a pandemic-shortened eight-game season. In 2019, Iowa averaged 25.8 points.
COLUMBUS, Ohio. Two former Ohio State football players were acquitted Thursday on charges of rape and kidnapping resulting from sexual contact with a woman in an apartment shared by the two players.
Amir Rip And Yasen Screw embraced, and both cried after the announcement of the jury’s verdict. Their lawyers argued in court that the woman had consensual sex with both men, but later regretted it. They also accused the victim’s father of pushing her and the authorities to initiate criminal cases.
Franklin County Assistant Attorney Daniel Meyer said the woman came to the apartment expecting to chat with Rip, but was brutally raped by two men.
The jury deliberated for less than four hours between Wednesday and Thursday mornings before finding Rip and Wint not guilty of two counts of rape and kidnapping. Each man could face more than 30 years in prison and registration as sex offenders if found guilty.
Two players were removed from the team in February 2020 after being arrested.
The woman told police that she was having consensual sex with Rip before Wint entered the room, and both forced her to have sex. After a few minutes they stopped and Rip recorded the woman agreeing that the sex was consensual.
Rip and Lloyd McFarquhar, another former Ohio State football player, both testified Wednesday that the players were ordered to obtain evidence that their sexual partners agreed to defend themselves from prosecution.
The Southeastern Conference says it distributed an average of $49.9 million to its 14 member schools in the fiscal year ending last August.
commissioner Greg Sankey said on Thursday that the league has shared $721.8 million of total revenue among its members. This includes $698.5 million distributed by the league office and $23.3 million left by schools for travel and other bowl-related expenses. The amounts refer to fiscal year 2021-22, which ended August 31.
In the previous fiscal year, the SEC distributed $764.4 million in total revenue, or about $54.6 million, to each school.
The distribution total includes income generated from television deals, bowl games, college football playoffs, the SEC football championship, the SEC men’s basketball tournament, NCAA championships, and additional surplus distributions.
It does not include an additional $8.1 million in NCAA and SEC grants divided among 14 schools.