What Ferentz might say Friday (and other stuff)

According to coachingsearch.com, RB coach is Chris White

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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will hold a news conference 2 p.m. Friday. I think this is a kind of "get 'er done" deal before some or all of the staff takes off on the coaches cruise, but maybe not.

Anyway, topics could include:

-- The opening at RB coach: The job officially closed on the UI website at some point this week, not exactly sure when, so it now can be filled.

The only name I would submit is Earnest Wilson, the OC at Hampton. Footballscoop.com tied his name to the Iowa WR opening.

He has RBs on his resume. He also has Ferentz and Ken O'Keefe on his resume.

Wilson coached WR and TE for Ferentz at Maine in 1992. He worked for KOK at Allegheny College, coaching WR and TE for the 1990 Division III national champs.

His running backs experience started in 2005, when he was RB and co-special teams coach at New Mexico State from 2005-09. He worked under Hal Mumme, an "Air Raid" offense devotee (and maybe "father of"). Since then, he's been OC at Jackson State and now at Hampton.

Only name I would put in on this. I don't know if he's the guy.

But . . .

TODAY EDIT: Coachingsearch.com tweeted, "Sources tell me Valdosta State asst. Seth Wallace [former grad assistant at Iowa] and Minnesota Vikings asst Chris White have interviewed at Iowa."

So, there are two more names. White was a special teams assistant with the Vikings. Wallace is co-DC and secondary coach at Valdosta.

I still don't think Iowa would have a full-time special teams coach, but you never know.

TODAY EDIT II: Sounds like a done deal for Chris White, according to coachingsearch.com.

From White's profile on the Vikings' site: "White joined the Vikings after a 9-year stint at Syracuse University where, at different times throughout his tenure, he coached WRs, TEs, was the special teams’ coordinator and the recruiting coordinator."

Special teams expertise and philosophy, recruiting coordinator background, NFL resume.

Here's the link.

-- What's Jim Reid going to do?

I think something with linebackers, which is where his primary experience lies (he's also been DC and HC, so a little of everything on his resume).

Iowa used to have two LB coaches. When Norm Parker was DC, he also used to coach inside linebackers. Darrell Wilson coached outside linebackers. Wilson took over the entire show in he last few years of Parker's tenure. So, there is precedent for that.

DC Phil Parker would then take over the secondary, a position group he coached for 24 years (11 at Toledo; 13 at Iowa) before being promoted to DC last season.

As far as DC goes, I don't think that changes, but you never know.

-- Will Iowa hire a full-time recruiting staff?

Quick catch-up: The NCAA has deregulated recruiting. It has potential to be cray cray. The Big Ten has come out and said it doesn't want cray cray recruiting, so it has "Serious Concerns." The Big Ten wants to override the new recruiting rules, which are in effect. It will take 70 institutions to override the new rules (read the "Cray Cray" post, it's more like basketball now) and we should know if this has happened around March 20.

Iowa DOESN'T want this to happen. At least not right now.

Athletics director Gary Barta talked recently at the Presidents Council on Athletics and said, "The football coaches and athletics directors of the Big Ten unanimously asked the NCAA pushing it off for another year , so that we could spend a little more time talking about it and reviewing it."

Barta cited "Proposal 11-2: Athletics Personnel – Limitations on the Number and Duties of Coaches – Elimination of Recruiting Coordination Functions."

"In the past, it's been just coaches, just full-time coaches," Barta said. "Under this legislation, we could ask each of you [there were about 25 people around the table] to begin texting and tweeting with high school athletes who are potential student-athletes. It's raised a lot of concern in terms of number of people involved, control, cost, sanity and [the impact] on the prospects' lives."

Sometime between now and the end of February, Barta said, an NCAA rep will talk to Iowa/B1G on how the football recruiting rules got to this point.

If 70 institutions -- and it's an institutional vote, not only athletics -- vote to override, the new proposals will then be tabled.


Alabama is out of the gates. Check out this piece that the BTN's Gerry DiNardo tweeted earlier this week. This gives you a taste of what could be the new world of college football recruiting.

Illinois tweeted that it has hired a recruiting coordinator. BYU is advertising that it's looking for a recruiting coordinator.

Iowa has a recruiting board for sophomores for the first time ever. According to HawkeyeReport.com this afternoon, Iowa offered 2015 DE/LB prospect Jashon Cornell from Cretin-Derham Hall HS in Minnesota. He'll be a junior next year.

Ferentz and Barta have discussed Iowa's move here, so there's a plan, it's now a matter of how quickly it can be up and running.

Because Alabama is sprinting at super-sonic speed.

-- Contracts for the new assistants are still in the works, so no salary figures yet for Reid and WR coach Bobby Kennedy.

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