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Iowa announces changes to coaching staff

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Over two months after putting the finishing touches on a four-win season that was his worst since 2000, Kirk Ferentz has announced a couple of tweaks to his Iowa coaching staff.

Following up on speculation that’s a couple weeks in the making, Ferentz confirmed in a press release Tuesday that DJ Hernandez has been named as a graduate assistant and will handle the tight ends position. And before you ask, yes, Hernandez is the brother of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Brian Ferentz, the son of the head coach, was the Patriots’ tight ends coach for one season in 2011 before joining his father’s staff as offensive line coach in 2012.

While the position of tight ends coach wasn’t technically filled last year by the Hawkeyes, David Raih served as a quasi-coach for that position as a grad assistant. Raih is no longer on the Hawkeyes’ staff, however, as Ferentz also confirmed that he had left for a position at Texas Tech.

Additionally, Eric Campbell is officially out as wide receivers coach. He had coach Iowa’s receivers for the past five seasons.

Ferentz has yet to announce a replacement for Campbell.

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5 Responses to “Iowa announces changes to coaching staff”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:37 PM

    Maybe he needs to rethink his OC. Davis is a one play offensive mind. Does bubble screen ring a bell?

  2. takingbovadasmoney says: Feb 4, 2013 10:42 PM

    David Campbell? Thought the WR coach was Erik Campbell…..smh

  3. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 5, 2013 6:58 AM

    I really feel for Iowa and their fans. None of this matters until the headline is about Ferentz being fired.

  4. fatediesel says: Feb 5, 2013 11:38 AM

    There’s not a coach in the country with more job security than Ferentz. Due to the crazy contract Ferentz was given after their 2009 Orange Bowl season it would cost Iowa roughly $240,000 per month every month until January 2020 to fire Ferentz. No matter how bad Iowa does it will be several years until Iowa even considers firing Ferentz.

  5. birdfancardinalshawkeyes says: Feb 5, 2013 10:48 PM

    The Ferentz tenure in Iowa City has grown very tiresome. The lack of a killer instinct with the coaching staff is a direct reflection on Ferentz’s lack committment. The hiring of Davis is just another display of this program’s lack of imagination. As a lifelong Hawkeye, I sure wish they would get this guy out of town.

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