July 20, 2009

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has signed a seven-year contract that will keep him with the Hawkeyes through 2015.

Ferentz and the university agreed to the deal in April. It was signed last week.

Ferentz's performance bonuses and his annual salary of $3.02 million won't change under the new contract. But the deal says that Ferentz will have access to private plane transportation for up to 35 hours of personal use a year.

Ferentz is in his 11th season at Iowa. He is 70-53 with the Hawkeyes, including a 9-4 mark in 2008.

Iowa opens its season Sept. 5 when it hosts Northern Iowa.