Seven assistant coaches receive significant pay rises per report

After a 10-4 season in 2021, a number of Iowa football’s assistant coaches were rewarded with raises. The Hawkeyes made it to the Big Ten Championship and earned a berth in the Citrus Bowl, and several coaches have capitalized on that success.

Seven different assistant coaches in Iowa received significant pay rises, per Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register. Running back coach Ladell Betts ($380,000), Strength and Conditioning Coach Raimond Braithwaite ($675,000), Special Teams Coordinator LeVar forest ($625,000), Defense Line Coach Kelvin bell (575,000), wide receivers coach Kelvin Copeland ($460,000), assistant defensive line coach and defensive recruiting coordinator Jay Niemann ($460,000) and offensive line coach George Barnett ($600,000) all received raises of at least 35%.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ference made sure he was able to keep all of those coaches in place, and now their attention is turning to the 2022 season. If the Hawkeyes want to build on last year, it starts on the offensive side of the ball, specifically at the quarterback.

Official Spencer Petras is back, but he has competition. Redshirt newcomer Joe Labas will give Petras some competition, but he still earns the trust of the coaching staff.

“We’ll see,” Ferentz said after the Hawkeyes’ spring practice session. “The competitive path was probably a little different for the other guys. We will see. We are open to every position on the team, especially quarterback. At the moment Joe still has some work to do so we have confidence that he can go out and play. We watched the other two guys win games for us as starting quarterbacks. Not that they won the games alone. We won soccer games with it. We played an opponent last year whose quarterback we knocked out and who couldn’t react. That’s part of winning football: someone has to come out and do the work. I think Joe has a chance.”

Ferentz also provided a review of Petras ahead of the summer.

“I think he’s done a lot of really good things,” Ferentz said. “He seems confident, healthy. He throws the ball well.”

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Iowa will kick off its 2022 season with an interesting challenge from FCS when the South Dakota State Jackrabbits come to town on September 3rd.

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