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Ferentz stays silent while Twitter buzzes about his coaching staff

[ 0 ] January 4, 2013 |

If ever the was a week to remind Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz that social media is here to stay, it’s the present one.

Even without Ferentz saying a word publicly, it’s been reported this week that Erik Campbell has resigned as the Iowa receivers coach and that D.J. Hernandez will join the Iowa staff to coach the tight ends.

Campbell thanked well-wishers on Twitter just hours after junior college receiver Damond Powell told the Des Moines Register on Thursday that he was reconsidering his commitment to Iowa because Campbell was leaving the program.

Hernandez also revealed his move to Iowa on Twitter. He spent the 2012 season serving as an offensive graduate assistant at Miami (Fla.).

“Packin so i can move to Iowa ASAP to begin my new coaching position wit the Hawkeyes.Thx coach golden n evry1 at UM for gr8 experience.”

— DJ Hernandez (@DjHernandez14) January 4, 2013

Ferentz, meanwhile, hasn’t announced anything and he probably won’t say anything publicly about coaching changes for a while. It appears UI officials are waiting for Campbell’s future employer to announce his next job.

Iowa sports information director Steve Roe declined to comment on the reported coaching changes and he also said Ferentz had no comment and probably wouldn’t comment on coaching changes for a while, perhaps a month or longer.

Ferentz prohibits his players from being on twitter, but he can’t control what a recruit says on Twitter or what a recruit says to a reporter. The only thing linking Powell to Iowa is a verbal commitment that isn’t binding and now isn’t rock-solid. Powell said with Campbell now leaving Iowa he wants to take a closer look at Texas Tech and Minnesota before making a final decision.

Ferentz allows his assistant coaches to be on Twitter – his son Brian Ferentz has tweeted more than 500 times – but it’s probably safe to say that Hernandez won’t be tweeting any more breaking news about coaching changes at Iowa.

Who knows with Campbell since he no longer has to answer to Kirk Ferentz. Campbell responded on twitter Thursday night after many well-wishers reached out to him.

As for hiring Campbell’s replacement, it’ll take some time for the interview process to run its course. The job has to be advertised for a certain amount of time and candidates have to be interviewed.

So even if David Raih is the favorite to fill Campbell’s position, which some are suggesting, it probably won’t become official for perhaps a month or even longer.

Raih, a former walk-on quarterback at Iowa, just finished his third and final season as a graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes. He’s now looking for a full-time coaching position, if not at Iowa, somewhere else.

It seems likely that Hernandez would fill Raih’s graduate-assistant position because Raih’s time as a graduate assistant has expired. Raih also coached the tight ends, which is the same position Hernandez said he will coach at Iowa.

Hernandez already has a connection to the Iowa staff in that his brother, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, was coached by Brian Ferentz during the 2011 season. Brian Ferentz left the Patriots after the 2011 season to coach the offensive line for his father at Iowa.

D.J. Hernandez is a native of Bristol, Conn., and he played football at Connecticut from 2004 to 2008, seeing action at both receiver and quarterback. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz also played football at Connecticut in the late 1970s.

Ferentz is entering his 15th season as the Iowa head coach. Twitter wasn’t even around when he took over, but now it’s one of the most popular ways to communicate and to break news.

Recruiting web sites also were in their infancy 15 years ago, but have since become highly popular and a source for news as evidenced by this week.
















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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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