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Iowa football coaching changes are coming. . .sometime soon

[ 0 ] January 4, 2013 |

There will be change on Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa football coaching staff again. It’s just likely to be a while before Shuffling 2013 becomes official.

The latest: D.J. Hernandez, who was a graduate assistant coach at Miami of Florida, is on his way to Iowa City. Hernandez said on his Twitter account (@DJHernandez14) that he would be joining the Hawkeye staff and confirmed to another user that he was becoming Iowa’s tight ends coach.

Hernandez tweeted that he was packing late Thursday night “so i can move to Iowa ASAP to begin my new coaching position (with) the Hawkeyes.”

The Hernandez news surfaced a day after it was revealed by a potential recruit that Erik Campbell was out as wide receivers coach. Junior-college wide receiver Damond Powell told The Register on Thursday that offensive line coach Brian Ferentz, head coach Kirk Ferentz’s son, told him that Campbell had left the program.

This just in: Iowa hasn’t announced Campbell’s departure, although Campbell thanked well-wishers Thursday on his Twitter account – without confirming that he was leaving.

Iowa hasn’t announced Hernandez joining the staff.

No one has been named receivers coach.

Why?

Protocol.

Job vacancies must be advertised. Interviews must take place.

Those procedures take a while, but speculative fans might consider:

**David Raih — whose two-year assignment as an Iowa grad assistant is up — replaces Campbell as the receivers coach;

**Hernandez replaces Raih as graduate assistant;

**And maybe Eric Johnson moves into the full-time recruiting coordinator role. He now is listed as the recruiting coordinator and defensive line assistant.

Stay tuned.

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