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Is LeVar Woods Iowa’s new d-line coach?

[ 7 ] February 6, 2012 |

There is speculation that Iowa administrative assistant LeVar Woods will be the next defensive line coach for the Iowa football team.

Here is some evidence saying it’s already happened:

High school junior defensive end David Kenney told Rivals.com that he was introduced to Woods while attending Iowa’s Junior Day event this weekend. Kenney referred to Woods as Iowa’s new defensive line coach.

“I had a chance to meet the new (defensive) line coach, so that was good,” Kenney said. “His name is LeVar Woods and we really just made small talk.”

Kenney, who attends Pike High School in Indianapolis, spoke highly of his visit to Iowa, telling Rivals.com that he got a good vibe from the people.

Woods has served as an administrative assistant at Iowa for the past four seasons. He starred at West Lyon High School in Inwood and was a three-year letterman at Iowa from 1998-2000. He was a two-year starter at outside linebacker under coach Kirk Ferentz.

Woods played for four NFL teams — Tennessee, Arizona, Chicago and Detroit — and appeared in 88 games. He finished with 168 tackles.

Then defensive line position is one of three openings that Ferentz has to fill. D-line coach Rick Kaczenski resigned in December to take the same position at Nebraska.

Ferentz is also looking to fill both coordinator positions following the announcement on Friday that Ken O’Keefe was resigning as offensive coordinator. O’Keefe has been Ferentz’s only offensive coordinator in 13 seasons at Iowa. He is the new wide receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins.

Norm Parker retired as the Iowa defensive coordinator after the 2011 season, a position he held for all of Ferentz’s reign at Iowa.

Ferentz has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday. It’s assumed that he will announce some new additions to his staff.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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