Kirk Ferentz is far less popular than he was a year ago, according to a Public Policy Polling poll, results of which were released Wednesday.
Now, your first question — much like mine — might be why a polling organization typically focused on political races is talking to Iowans about college football. But that's what the folks over at PPP did, and their findings are interesting.
Only 46 percent of Hawkeyes fans approve of the job Ferentz is doing running the show in Iowa City, and 30 percent disapprove.
Those upsetting figures aren't terribly surprising given the Hawkeyes' mediocre performance last season and the trend of mediocrity that's emerged under Ferentz in recent years. Iowa finished 7-6 last season, the fifth consecutive campaign with eight or fewer wins. Since winning the Orange Bowl with an 11-2 finish in the 2009 season, Iowa's posted a .531 winning percentage in those five seasons. The Hawkeyes haven't won a bowl game since the 2010 season, including a crushing 45-28 loss to Tennessee in this past season's TaxSlayer Bowl.
Fans' displeasure with Ferentz has been in ample supply. However, that hasn't changed the fact that Ferentz made $4,075,000 last season, when he was the ninth highest-paid coach in the country.
At this time last year, fans were far more fond of Ferentz, with 60 percent of fans approving and 13 disapproving.
Faring much better than Ferentz in the poll was Iowa head basketball coach Fran McCaffery, who 65 percent of fans approved of and only 10 percent disapproved of.