"We've spoken several times and he's going to move on, he's going to explore some other options and it doesn't look like he will be coming back in January," Ferentz said.
Ferentz said on his radio show last week that Willies had a decision to make. The coach was asked Monday if there was a conditional offer for the wide receiver to return to the team.
"We had a conversation about just what I thought was fair. The bottom line is he gave it some thought and decided he was going to explore some other paths," Ferentz said.
Willies told Hawkeye Insider in late November he wanted rejoin the Iowa team.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Willies was discussed a lot by Iowa fans this past off-season after he enjoyed a breakout performance in the spring game. He and the coaches kept that in perspective on media day.
Willies caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown this fall. He missed the Indiana game on Oct. 11 with what Ferentz described as a muscle strain. He dressed and warmed up but did not play Oct. 18 at Maryland and then he was gone.