It is hard to argue that anyone has had a bigger influence on Iowa football than Hayden Fry. After coming to Iowa from North Texas State in 1979, it wouldn’t take long before Hayden had given the Iowa Hawkeyes national recognition. He coached the Hawkeyes for two decades and is still the winningest coach in Iowa history. Fry led the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten titles, three Rose Bowl appearances, and a total of 14 bowl games.
Hayden would retire from Iowa after the 1998 season, but his legacy is still prominent in college football today. There are currently seven different head coaches in Division 1-A that coached under Fry at one point during his Iowa career as well as many assistants. Here is a quick look at each of those head coaches and a glance at how they are currently doing at their respective schools.
Kirk Ferentz – Iowa (1999-Present)
Offensive line coach under Fry at Iowa from 1981-89
In his 10th season as Iowa head coach, Ferentz has the Hawkeyes 3-0 after Saturday’s 17-5 win over Iowa State. Iowa is currently unranked but received 12 votes in this week’s AP Poll and 14 votes in the coaches poll. Up next for Iowa is a road trip to Pittsburgh to face the 1-1 Panthers.
Bob Stoops – Oklahoma (1999-Present)
Played D-back for Fry at Iowa from 1979-82 (Grad Asst at Iowa in 1983)
Coached for Bill Snyder (Former Fry asst) at K-State from 1989-1995
In Stoops’ 10th season at Oklahoma, the Sooners are 3-0 after Saturday’s impressive 55-14 victory at Washington. Oklahoma is currently ranked 2nd in both the AP and USA Today coaches Top 25 Polls. The Sooners received one first place vote in the coaches poll. Oklahoma has an off week before facing TCU at home on September 27th.
Mike Stoops – Arizona (2004-Present)
Played D-back for Fry at Iowa from 1982-84
Assistant coach at Iowa from 1986-91
This season is Mike Stoops’ 5th as head coach of the Arizona Wildcats. After finishing 2006 with a 6-6 record, the Wildcats ended last season at 5-7. This season Arizona is 2-1 after losing 36-28 at New Mexico on Saturday. Stoops has been on the hot seat in the desert in recent years and definitely needs to put together a winning season this year with his job most likely on the line. This week conference play gets started as the Wildcats travel to face UCLA on Saturday.
Bret Bielema – Wisconsin (2006-Present)
Played D-Line for Fry at Iowa from 1989-92
Assistant coach at Iowa from 1993-2001
In his 3rd season as head coach at Wisconsin, Bret Bielema has the Badgers perfect with a 3-0 record. Wisconsin won 13-10 at Fresno State on Saturday and are currently ranked 8th in both the AP and USA Today coaches Polls. The Badgers now have a week off before beginning Big Ten play with a road game against Michigan on September 27th.
Chuck Long – San Diego State (2006-Present)
Played QB for Fry at Iowa from 1981-85
Assistant under Fry and Ferentz at Iowa from 1995-99
Assistant/Offensive Coordinator at Oklahoma under Stoops from 2000-05
This season is Chuck Long’s 3rd as head coach of the San Diego State Aztecs. After a less than stellar 4-8 finish in 2007, the Aztecs have gotten off to a 0-3 start this season. San Diego State started the season with a home loss to Division 1-AA Cal Poly before dropping back to back road games at Notre Dame and last week at San Jose State 35-10. The Aztecs have this week off before their next game against Idaho at home on September 27th.
Jim Leavitt – South Florida (1996-Present)
Grad asst for Fry at Iowa in 1989
Assistant at K-State with Stoops under Bill Snyder from 1990-95
Jim Leavitt is in his 12th season as South Florida’s head coach, and his 8th since USF moved up to Division 1-A in 2001. After back to back 9-4 seasons, the Bulls are currently 3-0 after a 37-34 win over Kansas on Friday night. South Florida is ranked 12th in this week’s AP poll and 16th in the USA Today coaches Top 25. Up next for the Bulls is a road game at Florida International on Saturday.
Bo Pelini – Nebraska (2008-Present)
Grad asst for Fry at Iowa from 1991-92
Bo Pelini is in his first year as head coach at Nebraska after serving as LSU’s defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2007. After disappointing seasons in the past few years, Pelini has the Cornhuskers sitting at 3-0 this year after home wins against Western Michigan, San Jose State and New Mexico State. Nebraska received 21 votes in this week’s AP Poll and 49 votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25. The Cornhuskers are idle this week before their first real test of the season at home against Virginia Tech on September 27th.