Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, neighbors settle road dispute


Attorneys for Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and his neighbors say they've settled a dispute over a private road.

A trial was scheduled to start Tuesday in the dispute that pitted the nation's longest-tenured college football coach and his wife against the other families who live on Saddle Club Road outside Iowa City.

Neighbors sued after the Ferentzes refused to join a homeowners' association and ignored a $9,500 assessment for road repairs.

Neighbors say the couple trespassed by erecting privacy fencing and landscaping in the shared easement and roadway.

Homeowners' association attorney says his clients "look forward to working with the Ferentzes instead of against them."

The Ferentzes' attorney says "the neighbors will all be glad to resolve this matter without a trial."

Ferentz is Iowa's highest-paid public employee. He's expected to earn $5.2 million this year.

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