Coaching rumor alerts (Kaczenski, Ferentz)

Published: December 18 2011 | 4:06 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 9:05 am in

Might be something, might be nothing.

Footballscoop.com is reporting that Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is targeting Iowa defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski for an opening on the Huskers' defensive staff.

For what it's worth, Footballscoop.com doesn't just throw stuff out there. Two weeks ago, Carl Pelini, Bo's brother, vacated his duties as Nebraska defensive coordinator for a shot as head coach at Florida Atlantic. Of course, you know that Iowa is in search of a new defensive coordinator since Norm Parker announced his retirement a week ago.

The timing here could -- COULD -- say that Kirk Ferentz has made a decision on defensive coordinator. Iowa athletics director Gary Barta answered a few questions on that topic Friday. The job needs to be posted for two weeks before it can be filled. Barta said it hadn't been posted. Secondary coach Phil Parker remains a strongly viable candidate. Beyond that, it's Ferentz's call.

As far as recruiting, Kaczenski, who joined the Iowa staff in 2004 as a graduate assistant before moving to full-time D-line in 2007, is responsible for Florida, which this year has yielded wide receiver Greg Mabin and defensive end Daumantas Venckus. Last year, quarterback Jake Rudock and defensive back Torrey Campbell came out of Florida.

As an O-linemen at Notre Dame, Kaczenski played under the late Joe Moore, whom Ferentz counts as his mentor.

Whether this happens, of course, remains to be seen, but file under "might be something, might be nothing" and see what happens.

In other coaching alert news, it seems like the Kansas City-Ferentz thingie is extinguished.

Former NFL GM Charlie Casserly said on CBS' NFL Today,"One name rumored for the job that will not be there is Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. I talked to him this week and he's staying at Iowa. I would not be totally surprised if Romeo Crennel is the head coach next year."

Hey, he says he talked to the man. That's as close to horse's mouth as we might get here.

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