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Monday, June 19, 2006

Detroit Shock Standout



Monday, June 19, 2006

Katie Smith, who starred at Ohio State, has been named to the WNBA's All-Decade Team. Last year, Smith became the first American female pro to score 5,000 career points. She's represented by agent Neil Cornrich, who heads NC Sports in Beachwood.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Kirk Ferentz a Top 5 Coach


Published June 11, 2006

Grid Bits

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz is one of the top five coaches in the nation, and now he'll be paid that way. This season he'll make $3.24 million, including bonuses. His new annual salary will be $2.84 million -- the $1.44 million he was paid under his old deal, plus $350,000 he now will get quarterly. Interestingly, the new deal did not add any years to the old deal; Ferentz's contract still runs out June 30, 2012.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ferentz Pay Tops in Big 10



June 7, 2006

Sports Illustrated On Campus

Now that Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has signed a lucrative new contract, look for the Hawkeyes to continue their impressive recruiting in Northeast Ohio - as well as nationally. Ferentz's new contract, negotiated by Beachwood-based agent Neil Cornrich, is the richest ever for a Big Ten football coach.

Ferentz Signs Lucrative New Contract



BROWN'S TOWN

By Roger Brown
Plain Dealer Columnist

June 7, 2006

Now that Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has signed a lucrative new contract, look for the Hawkeyes to continue their impressive recruiting in Northeast Ohio - as well as nationally. (In recent months, top area recruits Derrick Smith, Arvell Nelson and Ricky Stanzi have signed with Iowa, joining former local stars Anton Narinskiy, Chris Rowell, Trey Stross and B.J Travers). Ferentz's new contract, negotiated by Beachwood-based agent Neil Cornrich, is the richest ever for a Big Ten football coach. The former Browns assistant will receive a $1.4 million signing bonus - Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel got $500,000 to sign his recent new deal.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Polian Liked Whitner



June 6, 2006
Leo Roth
Staff writer

Polian liked Whitner: The Bills use of the No. 8 overall pick on Ohio State strong safety Donte Whitner instead of USC quarterback Matt Leinart drew outrage in some circles, but Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian applauded the move.

Marv Levy used six picks on defensive players to play the same scheme used by the Colts under Tony Dungy.

"I know (Levy's being criticized) but the guy they took was the No. 1 guy on our board," said Polian, the Bills ex-GM. "I didn't study Leinart enough to give you an informed opinion because the last time I checked we had a quarterback (All-Pro Peyton Manning).

"But that kid's a great defensive football player. I'd be shocked if he doesn't turn out to be a great player."

The Colts had the 30th pick and knew Whitner wouldn't slip to them, Polian said.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Big money: Iowa boosts Ferentz's pay



June 2, 2006

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa raised the salary of coach Kirk Ferentz on Friday in a deal that makes him one of the nation's highest paid college football coaches.

Ferentz, who has led the Hawkeyes to two Big Ten titles and four straight January bowl games, was given a restructured contract that boosts his annual salary to $2.84 million from $1.44 million, with a one-time payment of $1.4 million.

The deal does not extend his contract, which expires after 2012.

"Coach Ferentz is among the very best coaches in the nation and this compensation package is reflective of that," said Iowa athletic director Bob Bowlsby, who is leaving next month to become athletic director at Stanford.

The agreement "recognizes our confidence that coach Ferentz will continue to lead the University of Iowa football program to high achievement on and off the field in the years ahead."

Most of the nation's top college coaches have eclipsed the $2 million mark in recent years. Ferentz's deal makes him one of the best paid coaches in the Big Ten and vaults him past Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who last month signed a seven-year extension reportedly worth $2.4 million in the first year.

Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer, Florida's Urban Meyer, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas' Mack Brown are all among the growing group of college football coaches making at least $2 million per year.

Ferentz, a former offensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns under Bill Belichick then briefly at Baltimore, has been courted by NFL owners in recent years. He is entering his eighth year at Iowa and has compiled a 49-36 record.

After a difficult start, Iowa has blossomed under his leadership.

In the last four years, the Hawkeyes won Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004, tied a school record with 38 victories and finished in the Top 10 three times. Ferentz was voted The Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2002 and has twice been named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

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