IOWA CITY, Iowa – Greg Davis, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Iowa football program the past five seasons, announced his retirement Friday, concluding a 43-year career in the college football coaching ranks. “I cannot thank Greg Davis enough for what he has meant to Iowa football these past five seasons. Greg possesses a great football mind, and he brought a perspective and expertise to our program that made every one of our coaches and players better,” said Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz. “Greg’s coaching career spanned five decades, from high school to the biggest stage in college football — and each day he exemplified passion for the game while instilling character in his players. That is ‘love for the game’ and without Greg, there’s a little less of that in football today. “Greg will be the first to admit he owes so much of his coaching success to his wife, Patsy. They were a wonderful team in Iowa City and all of us with the Iowa football program wish them the very best.” With Davis on staff, the Hawkeyes won 39 games over the past five seasons, including a combined 20 wins over the past two years. The Hawkeyes appeared in four January bowl games, including the 2016 Rose Bowl Game. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten’s West Division in 2015 while posting a school-record 12 wins.
And when I say quit/retired I of course mean that he was mayyyyyyyyybe gonna get fired anyway. Although I don’t think head coach Kirk Ferentz would ever fire Greg Davis but Davis must’ve seen the writing on the wall. Davis is VERY hated amongst Iowa football fans who rightfully question his play calling at times. The word that comes to mind when I think of Greg Davis is stagnate. It’s true that Iowa doesn’t exactly get blue chippers when it comes to skill players on offense but it never felt like Davis executed on what was promised when he was hired. On the flip side, what a narrative shift for the Iowa football program! Let’s go! Ferentz would of course never say so but this is an absolute godsend after that piss poor showing in the Outback Bowl against Florida. And after losing five straight bowl games. Before this, all Iowa fans wanted to talk about (minus the exciting announcement that Akrum Wadley is returning for his senior season) was how disappointing the bowl game was and if the school needed to make changes. Now? Now it feels like a new beginning. Now it feels like we have hope. With Davis outta the picture there’s nothing this team can’t accomplish. Happy feelings all around. My guess for the next OC in Iowa City would have to be Brian Ferentz.