Monday, February 4, 2013
Iowa announces Hernandez as TE coach
By Brian Bennett
Iowa finally confirmed Monday afternoon what had been rumored and talked about on Twitter and message boards for about a month: D.J. Hernandez has joined the staff as a graduate assistant, while former receivers coach Erik Campbell and graduate assistant David Raih are no longer with the team.
Hernandez will coach the team's tight ends. He was an offensive graduate assistant last year at Miami and has served as the quarterbacks coach at Brown and the head coach of a Connecticut high school. He was a quarterback and wide receiver at UConn and is the brother of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a news release that Hernandez "comes highly recommended."
Ferentz also said in the release that Raih, who coached tight ends previously, had accepted a job at Texas Tech while Campbell -- who coached receivers for five seasons -- left "to pursue other opportunities."
"I am appreciative of his many contributions to our program and wish him the best in the future,” Ferentz said of Campbell.
The Hawkeyes still have an open position on staff to fill with Campbell's departure. Answers have been few and far between about assistant coaching movement in Iowa City, but perhaps Ferentz will clarify things when he holds his signing day news conference on Wednesday.