Iowa football finished 20th in the final USA Today/Coaches poll, meaning Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz earned a $125,000 merit bonus. Iowa finished two points ahead of No. 21 Brigham Young in the final poll. Had the positions been reversed, Ferentz would have taken home a $100,000 bonus.
Ferentz isn’t the only Iowa coach celebrating the final poll, either. Iowa’s nine full-time assistants, director of football operations, two full-time strength and conditioning coaches and quality control assistant all get a 10 percent bump in pay next year. The coaches automatically get an 8 percent boost for playing in a bowl game, but this year’s total increased by 10 percent because of the top 20 ranking (and a graduation rate higher than 55 percent).
Ferentz received a $75,000 bonus and his assistants also get a bonus equal to one month’s salary for participating in a bowl exceeding $1 million.