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1. Iowa assistants’ contracts starting to drop
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz’s new contract has a whole section dedicated to paying his assistant coaches. Their deals started to become public this week.
Last week, the UI released the final salaries for Ferentz’s staff for the 2106-17 seasons.
These are new after the allocation of the $250,000 one-time salary increased stipulated for Iowa’s assistants in Ferentz’s new contract, which was signed and released Sept. 6.
Iowa’s coordinators Greg Davis and Phil Parker and strength coach Chris Doyle will make $625,000 this year.
Defensive line coach Reese Morgan and offensive line coach Brian Ferentz are at $425,000. Wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy and linebackers coach Seth Wallace are $340,000. Running backs coach Chris White and tight ends coach LeVar Woods are $315,000. Recruiting coordinator/defensive line assistant Kelvin Bell is $200,000 (this is Bell’s first full season).
Bell’s contract was the first one released by the school. The salary on the contract is $175,000. The contract began on Feb. 1, 2016. The second year began July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017.
Under the UI’s professional and scientific classification system, football assistant coaches are classified as “at will” status and not “term” status.
Also in Kirk Ferentz’s new deal, any of his nine on-field assistants, the head strength coach, the top assistant strength coach and the director of football operations who’ve been on staff for five seasons or more were offered two-year contracts on July 1. Any assistants who meet the five-year threshold in the future also will be eligible for a two-year contract.
According to Iowa athletics, new contracts are being drafted for coaches impacted by the two-year extension. There’s no specific time frame for when those contracts will be completed.
Assistants eligible for the two-year deal are Davis, Parker, Morgan, Brian Ferentz, Bell (who’s been a graduate assistant and director of on-campus recruiting since 2012), Wallace (he’s in his third season, but also spent three years as a graduate assistant at Iowa), Doyle, assistant strength coach Raimond Braithwaite and director of football operations Paul Federici.
2. Recruit No. 17
Last week in this space, HawkeyeReport.com’s Tom Kakert predicted Georgetown (Texas) wide receiver Beau Corrales would commit to the Hawkeyes. That was Thursday. Corrales picked the Hawkeyes on Friday.
We should note the solid bullseye, right?
Corrales (6-4, 205) picked the Hawkeyes over Indiana (a recent offer), Air Force, Army, New Mexico and Texas State, where Corrales initially committed.
Corrales’ recruiting blasted off after Georgetown’s season opener, when he caught 15 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Iowa quickly offered a scholarship, followed by Indiana with interest also coming in from Wisconsin and Kansas State. Corrales visited Iowa on Sept. 10 for the Iowa State game and saw what he needed to see.
Corrales is commitment No. 17 for the Iowa coaching staff. He’s also the sixth from the state of Texas, joining running back Eno Benjamin, cornerback Chevin Calloway, wide receiver Gavin Holmes, quarterback Peyton Mansell and cornerback Matt Hankins.
“I know how excited Iowa is to have this pipeline from Texas and I’m grateful that I get to be a part of this movement,” Corrales told HawkeyeReport.com. “It means a lot to me.”
Through his first three games, Corrales has 32 catches for 365 yards and five touchdowns for Georgetown High School this season.
Corrales’ given name is “Brennan.” He’s nicknamed Beau because his dad wanted to name him Bo after Bo Jackson. Corrales also deals with Type 1 diabetes.
Let’s try this again. Next for Iowa? It might be Zamari Maxwell, a 6-1, 175-pound cornerback from Pinellas Park High School in Largo, Fla.
Eleven days ago, Maxwell visited Iowa said and told HR.com that Iowa was his favorite. Maxwell has offers from Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa State and Minnesota.
3. Big Ten Love Tester
You’re going to give Wake Forest at Indiana the evil eye, but keep going. The Demon Deacons are 3-0 and heading into 2-0 IU. We’re good here. It’s not premium Power 5, but it’s an undefeated game between Power 5 teams. Watch guilt free.
Don’t wonder about Colorado State at Minnesota. Yes, the Rams were burned by Colorado on national TV, but what do you know about the Gophers, who had a bye week after a matchup with FCS Indiana State. Too soon on the FCS? Too soon. I get that.
Is Iowa at Rutgers the Love Tester? It might be for some B1G folks. Maybe the majority. But you can’t be there yet, right?
Let’s go with Nevada (1-1) at Purdue (2-1). We’ve got a two time zone game here, with Nevada being in the Pacific zone. It’s an 11 a.m. start. It’s on ESPN News.
The ESPN News thing is the clincher. I’m not even sure it’s real.
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