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Kirk Ferentz surprised by assistant coach’s move to open Culver’s

[ 0 ] April 23, 2014 |

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said he was caught off guard by assistant coach Eric Johnson’s decision to leave his staff to open a Culver’s restaurant.

Assistant coach Eric Johnson visits with reporters in a 2007 interview in Iowa City. (Press-Citizen file photo)

Assistant coach Eric Johnson visits with reporters in a 2007 interview in Iowa City. (Press-Citizen file photo)

But, in a post on the Quad City Times website, Ferentz said he respected Johnson’s move.

Johnson was an original member of Ferentz’s staff when he came on board in 1999 and has been in roles as a recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach and defensive line coach.

“Eric has done a tremendous job with us and I understand his reasoning,” Ferentz said Tuesday in the Quad City Times story. “I don’t want to speak for him, but I sensed he felt he was at a point in his life where he wanted to review where he was at and where he was headed and he opted to make a change. I respect that.”

Johnson is planning to operate a Culver’s in suburban Nashville. He has twin daughters and wanted to be more involved in their activities.

“That one caught me a bit by surprise,” Ferentz admitted Tuesday in Rock Island, Ill.

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