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UI’s Davis isn’t coaching for his job this fall

[ 0 ] October 30, 2012 |

Iowa’s first-year offensive coordinator Greg Davis was hired on an interim basis for one year in February.

That doesn’t mean he’s coaching for his job this fall.

“He is a great guy,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday. “I am excited to have him here and am glad he came. He isn’t too worried about it nor am I.”

Davis was hired this winter after longtime coordinator Ken O’Keefe resigned to take a coaching position with the Miami Dolphins.

Ferentz needed about a month to find, interview and hire Davis, a former Texas offensive coordinator. Because of the relatively short turnaround, he had to be hired on an interim basis.

“I think he is officially on board now,” Ferentz said. “Nobody has to audition.”

Like O’Keefe before him, Davis has emerged as a lightning rod for the Hawkeyes (4-4, 2-2 Big Ten).

Iowa isn’t lighting up the scoreboard much this season. The Hawkeyes rank in the bottom quarter of the NCAA in almost every offensive statistic.

84th in third-down conversions (37.6 percent).

86th in rushing offense (133.8 yards per game).

98th in passing offense (192.1 ypg).

99th in first downs (18.2 per game).

102nd in total offense (325.9 ypg).

105th in scoring offense (20.4 points per game).

115th in passing efficiency (104.8).

Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said he doesn’t discuss contracts or the retention of coaches with Ferentz in the middle of a season.

“The honest answer is I haven’t thought at all about contracts for assistant coaches, not even for a minute, until you brought it up,” Barta said.

Barta said the decision on whether to retain Davis ultimately will rest with Ferentz.

“At the end of every year, he sits down and evaluates the entire program, from A to Z, including assistant coaches,” Barta said. “Then we sit down and talk about the program. There’s a long way to go between now and then.”

Over 14 seasons at Iowa, Ferentz has had several coaches move on to other jobs and a few retire from coaching, but has never fired an assistant coach.

“Do your job,” Ferentz said. “It is what everyone is supposed to do and they are.”

OTT ON THE JOB: Ferentz took the redshirt off of true freshman Drew Ott on Saturday, throwing him into the mix on the defensive line.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from Giltner, Neb., didn’t get a tackle, but should get more opportunities.

“He brings depth, first of all, which is what we needed,” Ferentz said. “He’s been practicing really well. He’s a smart player. He’s picked things up pretty quickly.

“Doesn’t have the strength or girth you would hope at this point, but that’s what happens with first year guys.”

Senior defensive tackle Steve Bigach has been impressed by the freshman so far.

“Drew is a really tough guy,” Bigach said. “He is a farm boy; a tough guy. He did some good things but is obviously wet behind the ears.

“He’s obviously a player of the future, I think he can help us now.”

Offensive tackle Matt Tobin said Ott has impressed the coaches and upperclassmen with the way he practices.

“He’s been working hard all year,” Tobin said. “I remember over here one Sunday, they were running shuttles, the underclassmen were, the people who didn’t play much, and he was beating everybody.”

Ott was a 2-star recruit who picked Iowa over an offer from Kansas State.

BALD IS … NOT SO BEAUTIFUL: Bigach decided to shake things up this week, coming to the press conference Tuesday with a shaved head.

“I think it was just time for a change,” Bigach said. “A couple of guys pushed me to do it. I thought, ‘What the hell.’ I was losing it anyway. Might as well expedite the process.”

So far, there is no solidarity for Bigach among senior or defensive linemen, even though Dominic Alvis said he might follow Bigach.

“I don’t know if its permanent,” Bigach said. “My girlfriend isn’t thrilled about it.”

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