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Kirk Ferentz’s son one of two new Iowa assistants

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A pair of additions to Iowa’s coaching staff will have a very familiar feel to both the football program and its fan base.

The Hawkeyes announced via a press release Saturday morning that two former Iowa football players, LeVar Woods and Brian Ferentz, have been hired by their alma mater.  The former will coach linebackers while the latter will handle the offensive line.

“I am excited to have LeVar and Brian, two men with strong ties to our program and high school football within the state of Iowa, join our staff,” head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement.  “LeVar and Brian had great careers at the University of Iowa and both have enjoyed unique experiences and opportunities since their graduation.  I am confident they will make positive and significant contributions in all areas of our program.”

Woods was a three-year letterman at Iowa from 1998-2000, and has been an administrative assistant with the program since 2008.  He took over defensive line responsibilities for the Hawkeyes’ bowl game following the 2011 season.

Ferentz, the son of the head coach, was a three-year letterman at UI as well (2003-05) and has spent the past four seasons as a member of Bill Belichick‘s New England Patriots coaching staff.

The hiring of Woods and Ferentz leaves the Hawkeyes with one vacancy on its staff, created when offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe left for a job with the Miami Dolphins.

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3 Responses to “Kirk Ferentz’s son one of two new Iowa assistants”
  1. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 18, 2012 9:30 PM

    Looks like the dictator (dicktaster?) is taking a page straight out of the Polian nepotism policy handbook. Not a Hawkeye but does anyone think their fans may be growing tired of Ferentz?

  2. soya88 says: Feb 19, 2012 12:01 AM

    I don’t think that’s a problem for the majority of well educated Hawk fans. Most of those fans thought from the beginning bringing in Brian was about the best case (realistic) possibility.

  3. fatediesel says: Feb 20, 2012 10:11 AM

    A coach hiring his son is usually nepotism, but in this situation it clearly isn’t the case. Brian Ferentz has worked his way up from a scout to an assistant to the tight ends coach with the Patriots, and the Patriots tight ends just had the most productive season in NFL history. This is honestly a lateral move at best for Brian Ferentz because he was on pace to be an NFL coordinator within a couple years. I am guessing Brian Ferentz’s ultimate goal is to be a college head coach and he viewed going to his father’s staff as the best way to make that happen eventually.

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