The future son-in-law of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz whose hiring opened a debate about nepotism policies at the university has accepted a job at Vanderbilt.
Tyler Barnes, 28, said Tuesday that he leaves Friday for job with the football program.
Barnes served as a graduate assistant for the football program, and is engaged to Ferentz’s daughter, Joanne. He handled web-based duties and social media responsibilities for the program.
“He got a really good job offer,” Ferentz said Tuesday. “We were by far getting the better end of that deal, having him work here. He’s moving on to a more substantial position.”
Iowa announced in March that it had assigned associate athletic director Rick Klatt to supervise Barnes after administrators were informed he would become a member of the Ferentz family.
At the time of the announcement, athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement: “This supervisory move makes sense, as several of Tyler’s current duties within the football program focus on website, internet and social media functions associated with recruiting. This will also help mitigate his change in personal status in the short term.”
Ferentz said Tuesday it was a simple misunderstanding of policy on his part.
“It never dawned on me to report it,” Ferentz said. “He’s in an entry-level position, and he was over-qualified for the position. I apologize for not even thinking about it.”
Earlier, Ferentz hired his son Brian — who worked as an assistant coach in the NFL at the time — to become offensive line coach for the Hawkeyes. Barta has worked as the direct supervisor of Brian to manage any potential conflict of interest.
“This job is too competitive for us to hire anyone other than the best, most qualified people,” Kirk Ferentz said. “Simple as that.”
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