An update on Iowa's coaching, recruiting trail

There has been some minor, documented movement

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March 28, 2014 | 10:08 am

Iowa has confirmed nothing in regard to its football coaching staff.

I imagine that's standard operation procedure with just less than three weeks left in recruiting. You don't want to scare off any recruits with a bait-and-switch move. That did happen last year when former offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe helped bring in quarterback C.J. Beathard before going to the Dolphins. Both sides lived through it and Beathard will be a redshirt freshman at Iowa and a candidate for the starter's job this spring.

That said, there has been some minor documented movement.

-- DJ Hernandez announced on Twitter earlier this month he was leaving a spot as a graduate assistant at Miami (Fla.) to coach tight ends at Iowa is here. He is listed as "misc temporary (non-student)" in the UI directory. Three of Iowa's four graduate assistants from 2012 -- Kelvin Bell, Chris Polizzi and Austin Showalter -- carry statuses as "graduate teaching assistant." The fourth -- David Raih -- was listed as a graduate student.

For what it's worth, Hernandez earned his MA in school counseling in 2011. Hernandez's Twitter account also has gotten the Iowa treatment, listing Iowa City as where he's from with a picture of a black-and-gold stripe night game at Kinnick Stadium.

-- Former wide receivers coach Erik Campbell has been connected to openings at Missouri and Virginia Tech. He remains listed on the UI's online directory listed with a university classification as "assistant coach."

-- Running backs coach Lester Erb was a name mentioned on the Syracuse Rivals.com site as a possible offensive coordinator. That position is expected to go to Arkansas wide receivers coach George McDonald. Erb also is listed in the UI online directory.

Rivals.com lists Erb as the primary recruiter for 2013 commitments OL Colin Goebel and WR Derrick Willies.

-- All coaches from the 2012 season are in the UI directory.

-- Detroit Martin Luther King wide receivers coach Terel Patrick tweeted Wednesday that Phil Parker was at the Detroit school visiting safety prospect Mycial Allen. Michigan was Campbell's recruiting area, but Parker has recruited the area in the past.

-- Secondary coach Darrell Wilson is listed as the primary recruiter for Jacquille Veii, a safety from Maryland. Veii tweeted this week about visits with Wilson and has an official visit at Iowa scheduled for Jan. 25.

-- Iowa safety commit Malik Rucker, from New Hope, Minn., was talking with Texas Tech about a possible visit. He tweeted today he no longer plans to visit Lubbock.

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