Thursday, January 3, 2013
Reports: Iowa assistant Campbell leaving
By Adam Rittenberg
Iowa wide receivers coach Erik Campbell has left the program to pursue other opportunities, according to several reports out of Iowa City.
Scout.com and Rivals.com are reporting Campbell's departure, and wide receiver recruit Damon Powell told Scout.com that Campbell no longer will be coaching him at Iowa. The school hasn't made an official announcement on Campbell and has "nothing to report" on possible staff changes, but the coach on Twitter responded to fans thanking him for his time at Iowa and wishing him good luck in his next stop.
"I didn't know he was going to leave," said Powell, who verbally pledged to Iowa from Snow Junior College in Utah. "The new receivers coach, Coach [Brian] Ferentz called and told me that Coach Campbell is no longer with Iowa."
Powell, who is from Ohio, is having second thoughts about his commitment to the Hawkeyes with Campbell leaving. He is playing host to Brian Ferentz and Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz this Saturday.
Brian Ferentz, who joined the coaching staff for the 2012 season and worked with the offensive line, coached tight ends with the New England Patriots in 2011 and should be able to make the transition to receivers. But Campbell could be a big loss for Iowa.
The former longtime Michigan receivers coach mentored two record-setting Hawkeyes in Marvin McNutt and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. McNutt set single-season records for receiving yards (1,315) and touchdowns (12), and the career receiving mark (2,8612). Johnson-Koulianos finished as the school's all-time leader in receptions with 173. Campbell spent five years with Iowa.
Campbell looked like a potential candidate for Iowa's offensive coordinator vacancy last year, but Kirk Ferentz ended up hiring Greg Davis. Iowa finished 114th nationally in total offense, 99th in pass offense and threw only seven touchdown passes (just two FBS had fewer).
I've heard Eastern Michigan is the likely landing spot for Campbell, who could become Eagles' offensive coordinator under Ron English, who he worked with at Michigan.