Ferentz Hopes to Fill Staff Opening Soon

With the announcement of Carl Jackson's retirement from the Iowa football program, the Iowa Hawkeyes have a staff opening to fill. It's the second open position in the last two years at Iowa, but one of the few times during the Kirk Ferentz era where the Hawkeyes have been looking for a replacement. Ferentz shed a little light on the situation on Monday...

Q: Have you given thoughts to a replacement?

Kirk Ferentz: I have a few thoughts percolating right now, and hopefully we can move as fast as we are allowed to move. I have a pretty good idea of where we are going to go. Carl alluded to it, we have had conversations (about his retiring) and I have had time to think about this a little bit. We have a plan in place and we will move as fast as we can

Q: Does the University have a two week waiting period to make hires?

Ferentz: There are some ways, some other alternatives that we can pursue. Hopefully by the end of the week I will have some announcements.

Q: Maybe a shuffling within the staff, different assignments?

Ferentz: There might be some movement. I think we have a pretty good plan in place and hopefully I will announce it sooner than later, in the next couple of days.

Q: You might have done that last year with Rick Kaczenski?

Ferentz: You are allowed a temporary hire. You can move quickly. This is a critical period for is. We have five very important weeks before we head into spring break. From that standpoint, I don't want to have a gap here. We have a lot of work to do as a staff. It's important for our players to know what we are doing and where we are going and we don't want to waste any opportunity.

Q: When you decided to bring Carl back, that was a quick deal?

Ferentz: That was the first call I made. Carl and I were friends, we stayed in close contact, even our years apart. So when it looked like this might materialize, Carl was in the fold and I was fortunate that he was available.

Q: Is there a player in your tenure at Iowa that Carl impacted the most?

Ferentz: Carl mentioned Richard Bass. I will follow up on that one. Richard, if you ask John Strief, he would say the best talk our players ever received from an outsider was from Richard, the day before the Wisconsin game in 2004. His points were just extraordinary. One of the things he covered in his talk was his appreciation for the role that Carl played in his life and the support he got from other players on the team as well. I think what he was trying to do was to make our players aware that when you get older, you will look back at how a guy like Carl can impact your life. I thought that was a real nice testimony to the work that Carl has done. That is as good as anything I heard.

Q: Do you anticipate any other staff changes?

Ferentz: No, not really. We have a position to fill, with James Dobson leaving also. I think we will have an announcement in the next few days.

NOTE: To read who we believe will be the new addition to Iowa's staff, CLICK HERE to be taken to our discussion from Monday afternoon on this topic.

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