Iowa football shakes up staff

The Iowa football team announced several staff changes on Thursday afternoon.

After the departure of Erik Campbell in December, there are four other coaches coming and going. Running backs coach Lester Erb and defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson have left to pursue other jobs while Bobby Kennedy is the new receivers coach and Jim Reid has been named a defensive assistant.

Erb and Wilson were long rumored to be leaving the Hawkeyes, but there was no official release on the matter until today. They were on head coach Kirk Ferentz’ staff for 13 and 11 years, respectively.

Kennedy replaces Campbell at the helm of the receiving corps. Kennedy coached at Colorado the last two seasons and was previously at Texas from 2004-10. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis held the same position at Texas during that time.

Reid is hired after reportedly interviewing on Monday. He was fired Dec. 2 by Virginia after serving as associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Prior to that, he was linebackers coach with the Miami Dolphins (2008-09) and head coach at UMass (1986-91), Richmond (1995-2003), and VMI (2006-07).

There could be other staff changes on the horizon as well. The Daily Iowan reported on Wednesday that defensive line coach Reese Morgan will be out by the end of this week.

That would leave Eric Johnson and Phil Parker as the only ones on staff who began the 2011 campaign in Iowa City.

Iowa begins spring practice on March 27.

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