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Iowa Gives Ferentz Contract Extension
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa says it is extending coach Kirk Ferentz's contract through 2020.

Ferentz's current deal runs through 2015 and pays him roughly $3 million per season. Ferentz's new deal will total nearly $3.7 million a year.

School officials expect the deal to be signed Friday.

The announcement Thursday comes just two days before Iowa kicks off its most anticipated season in years. The ninth-ranked Hawkeyes, coming off an 11-2 season and a win in the Orange Bowl, host Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the extension supports his goal of retaining Ferentz until he retires.

Ferentz is in his 12th season as the head coach at Iowa. Last season, he was named the Big Ten's Coach of the Year for the third time.

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