Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz made it clear on Wednesday that when it came to coaching staff changes — he’d talk about it when he was ready to talk about it.
“Maybe 10 days, 14 days from now we can talk about that,” Ferentz said. “But let’s leave it at that at this point.”
Wednesday was about National Signing Day and Iowa inked 21 recruits to national letters of intent.
But Iowa got those recruits — including five wide receivers — without a receivers coach on staff. Erik Campbell, who coached Iowa receivers for five seasons, “left the staff to pursue other opportunities,” Ferentz said in a release on Monday.
The exact date of Campbell’s departure remains unclear, but the job was listed in late January and Campbell had put his house in Coralville up for sale shortly after the 2012 season.
Iowa sports information director Steve Roe said that Ferentz would have a press conference on or around March 27, the start of Spring football.
Ferentz inferred he may also meet with the media before then – say in 10 to 14 days – to talk about a new hire.
“I’ve given it a lot of thought, certainly,” Ferentz said of replacing Campbell. “And we’ve been busy with recruiting. Now we’ll turn our attention to that.
“Hopefully 10, 14 days, we’ll be able to have everybody in the right seats and go forward.”
Ferentz interrupted another question about other coaching staff changes. It remains unclear if Campbell is the only assistant coach that is not returning in 2013.
“We’ll see what the next couple of weeks will bring,” Ferentz said.
After the 2011 season Iowa said goodbye to both coordinators that came with Ferentz to Iowa in 1999 — Ken O’Keefe and Norm Parker. In addition, D-line coach Rick Kaczenski took a job with Nebraska.
Former Texas coordinator Greg Davis was hired to lead the offense. Phil Parker was promoted to defensive coordinator. LeVar Woods and Brian Ferentz were hired to coach linebackers and offensive line, respectively.
Iowa went 4-8 this past season, Ferentz’s worst record at Iowa since his second season when the Hawkeyes finished 3-9. Iowa failed to become bowl-eligible for the first time in 12 seasons.
Ferentz said he didn’t feel the lack of a receivers coach hurt them in recruiting receivers this winter.
“Change is part of college football, and that happens,” Ferentz said. “I think again the players looked at what we’re trying to do, what we’re trying to accomplish, and probably saw opportunity.”
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