Request Granted: The Ferentzes do not Have to Respond to Subpoenas Until After Football Season


Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz arrives at Kinnick Stadium before an NCAA college football game against Kent State, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) CHARLIE NEIBERGALL AP

Iowa’s head football coach, Kirk Ferentz, and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz are caught up in a racial discrimination lawsuit. But they do not have to spend the bye week answering questions from lawyers for the black former players filing the lawsuit.

Lawyers for seven former players sought to take the depositions as they advance claims of racial discrimination against the university, Brian Ferentz and the team’s former strength and conditioning coach, Chris Doyle. The players’ lawsuit is set to go to trial in March 2023

U.S. Magistrate Judge Helen Adams granted a motion Thursday to quash subpoenas that had asked the longtime Hawkeyes coach and his son to appear for depositions on October 19 and October 20. She said the depositions can be delayed until the football season is over in January, as the Ferentzes and lawyers for the university had requested.

There was just so much going on. The bye week is just full of activities. The meeting on October 20th whether by Zoom or in-person would take several hours and would be “extremely burdensome.”

The absence of the head coach and offensive coordinator during practices would be “a tremendous disruption” as Iowa prepares to play at Wisconsin on Oct. 30.

I would not have enough time to review records and discuss the case with lawyers before giving my testimony.

“I believe that I would lose, at a minimum, three days of attending to my duties of head coach, if I am required to prepare on one day, have my deposition taken on another, and attend the deposition of Brian Ferentz on a third day, which I understand I am entitled to attend as representative,” Kirk wrote.

Brian filed a similar declaration with the court.

Former players Aaron Mends, Brandon Simon, Javon Foy, Akrum Wadley, Marcel Joly, Jonathan Parker and Darian Cooper are pursuing claims of discrimination against Brian Ferentz and Doyle. Foy, Mends and Simon are also pursuing claims that the program had a racially hostile environment

– Ella Breedlove