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Iowa's Kirk Ferentz Explains Why He's Never Left The Hawkeyes For The NFL

Kirk Ferentz makes a play call during Outback bowl.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes directs play against the LSU Tigers January 1, 2014 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz joined Rich Eisen to explain why he's never left the Hawkeyes.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, who took the job with the Hawkeyes back in 1999, is the longest-tenured FBS coach in college football. Thursday, he joined Rich Eisen on his radio show to explain why he's never left the program.

Ferentz noted that he's had NFL head coaching opportunities along the way, but ultimately always chose to stay at Iowa.

Here's what he had to say.

"You know, I've had some opportunities since I've been here but when we came here in 1999, it was all about our family quite frankly. I was hopeful - certainly you never bet on this. But I was hopeful that we'd have an opportunity to let our kids know where home is. There are a lot of things I really am grateful for about being at Iowa, but one is that we've had all of our kids - we have five kids - graduate from one high school. They have a since of where home is. They have a place that they can call home. That's hard to do in this profession and I'm really appreciative of that."

You can check out video below.

Ferentz and the Hawkeyes have a big one this Saturday - an in-state rivalry game against Iowa State.