The Iowa Hawkeyes coaching staff will undergo more change this off season as defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson is leaving Iowa City to take over the same position at Rutgers.
Wilson’s departure has been rumored for weeks, as was that of wide receivers coach Erik Campbell before Iowa finally announced his departure just a few weeks back. Kirk Ferentz said in his signing day press conference one week ago that he’d have more to say on other possible coaching staff changes in 10 days to two weeks, so Iowa is now in the window of change.
The questions that remain are:
1) Who will Iowa hire to replace Wilson and Campbell and
2) Is this the last change for this year?
With Wilson and Campbell added to the mix, Iowa has now seen five of its nine assistant coaches who were on the sidelines for Iowa’s game at Nebraska in 2011 turn over, including two new coordinators. As of right now there is not an Iowa position coach in the same role he occupied in November of 2011, which was just 15 months ago.
FootballScoop.com tweeted a pair of possible names related to Iowa this past Friday:
Up at Iowa, we're told Bobby Kennedy and Jim Reid will likely join the staff.
— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) February 9, 2013
The same site tweeted the following last Thursday:
Heard Hampton OC Earnest Wilson interviewed with Iowa today for WRs job. He's a good coach.
— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) February 8, 2013
Reid was most recently the defensive coordinator at Virgina while Kennedy was receivers coach at Colorado of late and also seven years at Texas, a time that overlapped Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis’ tenure in Austin.
So as of right now, Iowa has the Wide Receiver and Defensive Backs positions open. Will there be any more changes?
The Campbell rumors began in late November and turned out to be spot on. The Wilson rumors were certainly swirling in December and I had heard whispers LAST year after Wilson was passed over for the Iowa Defensive Coordinator position which ultimately went to Phil Parker.
Have there been other whispers this year? Yes, but given how much change has taken place already, you wonder if some of those whispers were just echoes off of the names who have already moved on. IF there is to be more change, you’d expect it to happen yet this week or next week.
There is one more question; did Wilson leave on his own accord or was he encouraged to find a new position? In my experience, when a coach makes a lateral move like this, especially in the same conference, it smacks of someone who was told to explore other options. But in this case, I wouldn’t rush to such a judgment as Wilson was a high school coach in Camden, New Jersey and also served one year as Rutgers running backs coach in 1999. The Rutgers release on Wilson’s return to the Scarlet Knights program welcomed Wilson and his family ‘home’. Ferentz will have more to say at his next press conference, to be sure.