So, nothing new today.
After today, Iowa still officially will not have an offensive coordinator, O-line coach or linebackers coach. Officially, and maybe not even unofficially.
Could the HR process be holding back an announcement? Possible. Could Ken O’Keefe’s departure after 13 seasons as offensive coordinator have caught Kirk Ferentz by surprise? Perhaps. If that’s the case, it’s a possibility that Ferentz is looking for a brand new offensive coordinator 45 days before spring practice begins on March 24.
Wide receivers coach Erik Campbell as OC? Don’t know. Running backs coach Lester Erb as OC? Don’t know. Brian Ferentz/BruceKittle/A.J. Blazek/Mike Devlin for O-line? Is LeVar Woods mere paperwork away from being Iowa’s linebackers coach?
No answers to those questions today, at least according to Iowa sports information.
So, put a pin in those, if you could.
Phil Parker is the new defensive coordinator. He’ll be calling defense for the first time in his career. Yes, he had a hand in the defenses when Norm Parker fell ill in 2009-10, but the headphones are his now.
Darrell Wilson assumes Parker’s duties as defensive backs coach. Can we assume he’ll retain a share of the special teams coaching chores? Ferentz said during the Insight Bowl that he wasn’t considering a change in philosophy with special teams, where Wilson and Erb shared the duties. Maybe we’ll find out about that one today.
The move that intrigues is Reese Morgan going from offensive line to defensive line.
If you’ve followed Iowa football seriously over the last five or so seasons, you know that former Iowa D-line coach Rick Kaczenski, now at Nebraska, had a fiery style that might not have been for everyone. This isn’t to say Morgan is a pushover, but he’s a veteran coach and might be exactly what a young position group with a lot of new bodies needs. This was where everyone assumed LeVar Woods was headed. Woods, who replaced Kaczenski on an interim basis in December, was introduced as Iowa’s D-line coach to recruits during Iowa’s final push. With Iowa’s D-line in survival mode, maybe Ferentz decided a veteran voice was needed here.
The date to watch here is Friday, Feb. 10. That’s when the posting for open assistant coaching position ends. Iowa can’t hire an external candidate until after that date. Iowa can shift coaches (existing hires) around all it wants, but it can’t hire an external candidate until that date. Also, this requisition might be a multiple, allowing Ferentz to hire more than one external candidate. That, however, isn’t clear from this job posting.
So, set your watches for the release . . . let’s say 5:26 p.m. Friday afternoon.
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