Sports writers Chad Leistikow and Chris Cuellar take a look at the offseason hires announced this week for the Hawkeye football team before breaking down the next Hawkeye hoops home game this weekend.


IOWA CITY, Ia. — The two newest members of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz's staff signed one-year contracts this week, according to documents released Wednesday by the university.

Tim Polasek, who will coach the offensive line, will be paid a base salary of $325,000 on his one-year deal, which begins Thursday and is renewable "contingent upon positive performance and mutual agreement."

Kelton Copeland, who will coach wide receivers, will make $225,000 under similar terms.

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The information was contained in offer letters from Ferentz to the two coaches that were signed Tuesday and were provided to the Des Moines Register after an open-records request.

Polasek was most recently the offensive coordinator at North Dakota State. Copeland had been the wide receivers and special teams coach at Northern Illinois.

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They replace Bobby Kennedy and Chris White, who were not retained after last season. Kennedy was making $340,000 as wide receivers coach. White was paid $315,000 to coach running backs and special teams.