IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Facing a scathing report that detailed racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Thursday he would not be making any staffing changes as he apologized and promised to overhaul some of his policies.
University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said the critical report by an outside law firm showed the "climate and culture must and will change within our football program." Ferentz apologized to former Black players at a news conference and promised to build on changes made in recent weeks to improve their experience.
"This review brings us face-to-face with allegations of uneven treatment, where our culture that mandated uniformity caused many Black players to feel they were unable to show up as their authentic selves," Ferentz said. "I want to apologize for the pain and frustration they felt at a time when I was trusted to help each of them become a better player, and a better person."