Iowa Football Coaches Receive Raises After School Cuts Swimming Programs

Assistant football coaches at the University of Iowa will receive pay raises for 2020-2021, even after factoring in a 10% reduction in salaries.

The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa will pay out $575,000 more in base salaries to its football coaches this school year. But about $527,000 of that will be off-set by the school’s reduction in salaries for highly-paid coaches. Iowa previously announced that all coaches making more than $200,000 a year (which includes all 11 football coaches) would have their salaries reduced by 10% this year as the school stared down a growing financial deficit amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Register pulls data from an open records request, reporting that 10 on-field assistant coaches in the Hawkeye football program received raises between $40,000 and $90,000 for the 2020-2021 season. Even with the 10% reduction, most Iowa football coaches will take home slightly more this year than they did last year.

That comes after the school cut women’s and men’s swimming & diving along with two other programs (men’s gymnastics and men’s tennis) in an effort to reduce its athletics budget.

Two assistant football coaches at Iowa now make more than $800,000 a year. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker got a raise from $800,000 last year to $890,000 this year, while offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz got a raise from $790,000 to $860,000. Head coach Kirk Ferentz is the state’s highest-paid public employee, making $4.8 million in 2019.

The Register‘s report comes after the Big Ten decided to cancel its fall football season, with a chance to play football in the spring of 2021.

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19 days ago


Reply to  JenSwim
18 days ago

My first thought, too.

Sir Swimsalot
19 days ago

Why am I not surprised anymore? Getting angry over this gets exhausting, now I’m just disappointed.

Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
19 days ago

No! Stay angry and call out the people responsible for these disgusting decisions.

Reply to  10U DAD
18 days ago

it won’t work. they tried to keep it up at Eastern Michigan and now there seems to be nothing happening there. And they had some of the most disgusting people in the college sports administration world and a heinous board of directors. The NCAA let football become too big and every monetary decision at every school is made with football in mind.

19 days ago

Some things never change

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