Norm Parker back for Iowa in press box

Iowa Hawkeyes defensive coordinator Norm Parker will be in the coaches' booth for Saturday's home game against No. 5 Michigan State.

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Parker's return Friday morning in a speech at a booster club breakfast.

Parker underwent foot amputation surgery in late September and hasn't been with the team since being hospitalized Sept. 10 with back pain and issues related to his diabetes.

"We expect Norm to be in the press box," Ferentz said Friday. "He'll be coming down from the rehabilitation center."

Ferentz said earlier in the week that Parker has been making good progress and should gradually make his return to full duties. The 68-year-old Parker is in his 12th year as Iowa's defensive coordinator.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.