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Ferentz close to filling assistant positions

[ 2 ] February 1, 2012 |

By RANDY PETERSON

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said Wednesday he hopes to officially have at least one of two staff positions filled shortly, maybe within a few days.

Administrative assistant LeVar Woods was on the road the past two months, helping secure the 24 recruits announced Wednesday, so it’s assumed he will replace Rick Kaczenski as the defensive line coach.

“Nothing is official right now,” Ferentz said. “He got his feet wet, for sure.”

The 13-season head coach said there’s a chance he will name a replacement for defensive coordinator Norm Parker when he has another press conference next Wednesday.

“I think we’re on the right path,” Ferentz said. “We feel pretty good, (but) moving like a tortoise again.”

That’s a shot at the diligence Ferentz used while assembling his first staff in 1999.

“There were a lot of different scenarios I wanted to run through my mind after the bowl game,” Ferentz said. “Unless you have to do something, why do something? Give yourself some time.”

Ferentz said recruits also asked questions about the situation that led to star running back Marcus Coker’s transfer to Stony Brook.

“He left school,” Ferentz said in his first public addressing of Coker’s transfer. “We wish him all the best. Marcus is a tremendous young guy. Anything else, I’ll be happy to talk about that next week.”

Coker, a sophomore who led the Hawkeyes in rushing last season, started all 12 regular-season games, including five after being accused of sexual assault. He was suspended from the team Dec. 20 — before the Insight Bowl. Police dropped the investigation at the urging of the victim.

Ferentz said he would address the Coker situation at his next press conference, but admitted that reporters weren’t the only ones with questions. Recruits had some, too.

“Certainly it came up,” Ferentz said. “I think most of them have followed things online. I think everybody does that now.”

Coker has not commented publicly on the situation. Questions remain why Coker was suspended and at whose urging did he leave school.

Ferentz danced around those issues Wednesday.

“Players make decisions at times that have consequences, and with those consequences comes action,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Some recruits also had questions about who would become the new defensive coordinator.

“It came up quite frankly once this past week,” Ferentz said. “I don’t think it’s a big deal. What I told people was that we’ve been here 13 years. We’re always going to be able to have good people, and good coaches here. I think our recruits know that as well. It didn’t seem to be an issue.”

It wasn’t.

The recruit with the coordinator question — defensive back Sean Draper — Wednesday became a Hawkeye.

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