IOWA CITY — According to HawkeyeInsider.com, Iowa is in the market for a new assistant football coach.
Damond Powell, a junior-college wide receiver recruit, told HawkeyeInsider’s Rob Howe on Thursday that Erik Campbell has left the Iowa staff.
Powell and DeJuan Rogers, a Detroit prospect who was recruited by Campbell for Iowa, also confirmed this to HawkeyeReport.com.
Campbell also has confirmed this with confidants in Iowa City.
Iowa sports information director Steve Roe said Thursday afternoon that he had “nothing to report concerning changes in our football coaching staff.” Campbell, who is still listed in the school’s directory, responded to well wishes from Iowa fans on his Twitter account Thursday.
Rumors of Campbell’s departure started to surface in early December.
Campbell, 46, spent five season as Iowa’s wide receiver coach. He also coached the tight ends in his first two years at Iowa. He joined the Iowa staff after serving as an assistant coach at Michigan for 13 seasons. Campbell also served as assistant head coach at Michigan for five seasons.
This move comes on the heels of the Hawkeyes’ 4-8 season, which ended on a six-game losing streak. This was Iowa’s worst season since 2000 and longest losing streak since 1999. The five defeats the Hawkeyes suffered in Kinnick were the most at home in head coach Kirk Ferentz’s 14 seasons as Iowa’s head coach.
Through his first 13 seasons, Ferentz had just 15 assistant coaches work under him. Going into 2012, both coordinators left, three new coaches were hired and Campbell was one of two two coaches who were at the same position they coached in 2011.
Iowa’s assistant coaches work on an “at will” basis, meaning they don’t have contracts and can be fired at anytime for any reason (except for a few illegal reasons). Campbell earned $250,560 last season.
Campbell coached two of the top receivers in Iowa history, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Marvin McNutt. McNutt owns records in receiving yards (1,315) and receiving TDs (12) in a season. He also holds career receiving yardage (2,861) and receiving TDs (28) records. Johnson-Koulianos holds the career record for receptions (173). McNutt also has a share of the season receptions record with 82 in 2011, tying Kevin Kasper.
Iowa’s passing game took a dive last season.
The Hawkeyes finished with just seven TD passes, which tied for 121st in the nation. Iowa passed for 187.4 yards a game, the lowest average since 2008 when Iowa averaged 181.7.
Iowa finished 11th in the Big Ten with 5.8 yards per pass attempt.