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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa apparently has a new tight ends coach.
D.J. Hernandez, who spent last season as an offensive grad assistant at the University of Miami (Fla.), said on his Twitter feed Friday that he's "packing to move to Iowa to begin my new coaching position with the Hawkeyes." He said in a separate tweet that he will be coaching tight ends.
It's not clear if Hernandez, the brother of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, will be a graduate assistant at Iowa or a full-time assistant.
The University of Iowa didn't respond to a question about the football coaching staff. Thursday, news of wide receivers coach Erik Campbell's departure was leaked through a recruit. Iowa sports information director Steve Roe said he had no news of changes on Iowa's coaching staff.
Last season, graduate assistant David Raih coached Iowa's tight ends. Raih, who played quarterback at Iowa from 1999-2002, was in his third year as a grad assistant at Iowa. Graduate assistants have three-year terms at schools, per NCAA rules. Schools are allowed four graduate assistants.
Chris Polizzi, Kelvin Bell and Austin Showalter were Iowa's other grad assistants last season. Polizzi and Bell were in their first seasons; Showalter was in his second.
Grad assistants can serve for only two seasons if they don't successfully complete 24 semester hours during their first two years. If they do that, they can stay a third season.
Is Hernandez a replacement for Raih or Campbell? Iowa isn't saying. Does Raih have potential to stick on Iowa's staff? Iowa isn't saying.
According to the Miami website, Hernandez spent most of his time assisting last season with the Hurricanes' wide receivers.
In 2011, Hernandez was quarterbacks coach at Brown University. Before that, he was the head coach at Southington High School (Conn.) from May 2010 to April 2011. Hernandez has also served in a variety of capacities as a player and coach for The Carinthian Black Lions (Klagenfurt, Austria).
Hernandez was a two-year captain for the University of Connecticut where he played quarterback and receiver from 2004-09. In 2011, he earned a master's degree from UConn in school counseling.
In the wake of Campbell's departure, wide receiver Damond Powell told HawkeyeReport.com that he was shocked by the Campbell news. Head coach Kirk Ferentz and assistant coach Brian Ferentz will visit Powell and his family on Friday in Toledo, Ohio.
Powell told HawkeyeReport that he still considers himself an Iowa commit, but he wants to look at his options and will visit Texas Tech and Minnesota.