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The shuffle begins

The makeover of the Iowa football staff started earlier this evening with three current Hawkeye assistants assuming new roles within the staff.
The promotion of Phil Parker to defensive coordinator is no surprise. He’s delivered as the Hawkeyes’ secondary coach for the past 13 seasons and is a product of the man he follows in the position, Norm Parker. The Michigan State grad earned all-Big Ten honors while playing for a Norm Parker-coached defense during the mid-1980s.
He’s been prepared for the promotion, serving in that capacity in 2010 when Norm Parker missed part of the season because of illness.
Darrell Wilson will have the opportunity to expand his resume, moving from linebackers coach to the secondary spot that Phil Parker has filled.
It’s a position Wilson has coached before. He was the defensive backs coach at Rhode Island in the late 1990s before becoming the running backs coach at Rutgers in 1999.
Since that time, he has coached linebackers and special teams, arriving at Iowa in 2002 following two seasons at Wisconsin.
Like Wilson, the changes Ferentz announced provide Reese Morgan with a chance to work on the other side of the ball.
He has helped build Iowa’s reputation for producing NFL-quality offensive linemen and now, he will taking those teaching methods to the defensive front.
It’s one of the more interesting moves that Ferentz has made since arriving at Iowa.
Today’s moves are just a beginning.
The Hawkeyes have an opening left on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker and have two spots to fill on offense, the coordinator’s spot and the line spot that is being vacated by Morgan.
It seems likely that LeVar Woods will fill one of those assistant’s positions.
If we have learned anything from today’s moves it is that we can expect Ferentz to continue to mold the Hawkeye program in the way he has built it.
That may not appease fans who hoped the changes would lead to a blitz-heavy defense and a wide-open, pass-happy offensive attack.
Iowa football is what it is, rooted in strong fundamentals, a physical approach to the game on both sides of the ball and committed to a formula that has left the Hawkeyes in a place that would make a lot of programs envious – bowl eligible in each of the last 11 years.

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