IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said in January that he wanted to spend more time focusing on the coaching aspects of his job.
Sources now are saying that’s the main reason why the future of the Johnson I-Club Breakfast is in serious jeopardy.
Nobody close to the situation would speak on the record, but several sources said they don’t expect a breakfast to be held on Friday mornings before each of the seven home football games anymore.
The Johnson County I-Club Breakfast has been a long-standing tradition during football season. Fans gather early Friday morning – the doors open at 6:30 a.m. – before each home game to eat breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City before listening to Ferentz give an update on the upcoming game at Kinnick Stadium.
For the cost of $10, fans get a breakfast buffet and a program. The event also features members of the Iowa Pep Band and the Iowa cheerleading squad.
Iowa Sports Information Director Steve Roe said Monday in an e-mail that he wasn’t in a position to comment because the Johnson County I-Club Breakfast is a function of the Johnson County I-Club. Roe said questions about the Johnson County I-Club Breakfast should be directed to Matt Henderson, who is the Assistant Vice President for Development for the UI Foundation.
Henderson hadn’t responded to a message left on his office phone as of late Monday afternoon.
There was consideration, according to one source, to cut the number of breakfast events from seven to three, although, that idea seems to have lost momentum. The first breakfast would’ve introduced the freshmen on the team. The second breakfast would’ve been held as part of homecoming, while the third breakfast would’ve been a tribute to the departing seniors.
Ferentz, who turns 60 on Aug. 1, said at a January press conference that he needed to spend more time on his coaching responsibilities.
"I need to spend more time in the building and watching more film," Ferentz said. "You are always learning in this profession."
Ferentz made the decision in response to Iowa finishing a disappointing 7-6 last season. The Hawkeyes closed the 2014 season with three consecutive losses, including a 45-28 drubbing against Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl.