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Iowa AD Gary Barta: "I have full support for Kirk Ferentz"

Iowa athletics director Gary Barta issued a statement of support to Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz on Saturday following the Hawkeyes' 28-17 loss at Northwestern.

The loss, Iowa's second straight, dropped the team to 4-4 on the season.

“Obviously, we’re not playing very well right now,” Barta said following the game. “We’ll get ready for next week. I have full support for Kirk (Ferentz) and the players.

“If I’m a fan, if I’m a coach, if I’m a player, and as the athletic director, it’s tough right now,” Barta continued. “Right now, the only focus is to get ready to play next week.”

Ferentz signed a contract extension in 2010 that pays him more than $3 million annually through 2020. Ferentz's buyout is reported to be worth more than $20 million.

Iowa must win two of its final four games to avoid missing a bowl game for the first time since 2007. The Hawkeyes' remaining schedule closes with the top two teams in the Big Ten's Legends Division - at Michigan on Nov. 17 and home versus Nebraska on Nov. 23. 

Iowa visits Indiana (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, BTN). Oddsmakers have made the Hooisers a consensus 1.5-point favorite

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