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Impressive turnaround season took the heat off formerly embattled Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz

Impressive turnaround season took the heat off formerly embattled Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz

There was trouble in Iowa City last January after the Iowa football team put the finishing smudges on a 7-6 season with an uninspiring 45-28 loss to Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Phone calls and emails from angry fans poured into the office of Hawkeyes Athletic Director Gary Barta, most with the same charge: the message and methods of long-time Coach Kirk Ferentz had grown stale.

It wasn't only the four losses in five games to end 2014 that soured the Iowa faithful. It was the way the Hawkeyes, always known for physical play, were manhandled by Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Tennessee, who racked up a combined 1,001 yards rushing.

"There was a lot of...

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