This doesn’t seem fun for the Hawkeyes’ head coach.
Part of Kirk Ferentz’ offseason will be spent feuding with his neighbors.
Iowa’s head coach and his wife are reportedly in a bad situation with three of their neighbors in Iowa City. A lawsuit has been scheduled for early February.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is facing a challenge from an unlikely opponent: his neighbors. A Feb. 6 trial is scheduled in a lawsuit that pits the nation’s longest-tenured college football coach and his wife against the three other families who live along a private road outside Iowa City. A judge is expected to decide whether the Ferentzes breached a 2001 agreement and trespassed by planting trees and installing landscaping items that neighbors say encroach onto Saddle Club Road. The lawsuit is part of a long-running dispute in which Ferentz and his wife, Mary, have been portrayed as difficult, stingy and privacy-obsessed, clashing with their image as friendly philanthropists who support the Iowa Children’s Hospital. A judge ruled in September that the Ferentzes aren’t required to join the homeowners’ association that their neighbors formed in 2015 to share road maintenance costs. That freed the Ferentzes from having to pay a $9,400 assessment for road repairs and dissolved a lien the association obtained on their property to collect payment.
Ferentz has been Iowa’s head coach since 1999. He’s the state’s highest-paid employee, making $5.2 million this past season.
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