According to a school release, Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis has retired and will no longer be on the Hawkeye football coaching staff. This comes a few days after Iowa's offense struggled again resulting in another lopsided bowl loss. The Hawkeyes were defeated by Florida in the Outback Bowl 30-3.
"I cannot thank Greg Davis enough for what he has meant to Iowa football these past five seasons," head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. "Greg possesses a great football mind, and he brought a perspective and expertise to our program that made every one of our coaches and players better. Greg's coaching career spanned five decades, from high school to the biggest stage in college football and each day he exemplified passion for the game while instilling character in his players. That is 'love for the game' and without Greg, there's a little less of that in football today."
"Greg will be the first to admit he owes so much of his coaching success to his wife, Patsy," Ferentz added. "They were a wonderful team in Iowa City and all of us with the Iowa football program wish them the very best."
Davis coached for 43 years and was offensive coordinator at Iowa for the last five. His career also included 22 bowl appearances. Davis also spent time with Texas, North Carolina, Tulane, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas A&M. He looks back on his time at Iowa fondly.
"I have had a wonderful five years with the Hawkeye football program," Davis shared in a statement released to the press. "I would like to thank coach Ferentz, the entire staff, our players, and the Iowa fans everywhere. Patsy and I have enjoyed our time in Iowa, and not just the football part of it. The people of Iowa City and Hawkeye fans have been great. While we have our home in Dallas, there is no doubt we will be Hawkeye fans forever."
"This is my decision, but not a decision that was reached lightly," he continued. "I remain passionate about the game of football, and enjoyed teaching football to our players every day. Patsy has been a trooper through all these years; we have learned and enjoyed every step along the way. It's time for me to get closer to our family."
"I'm not sure the people of Iowa realize how special Kirk Ferentz is, and I am not talking about just the football part of the equation. The men who leave this program are prepared for life, careers, to be great husbands and fathers. Kirk is the total package for what anyone would want in a head coach."
Iowa has not named a successor. Kirk Ferentz will hold a press conference on Monday.