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Hernandez joining staff as GA

It's been an interesting couple days on the coaching front for the Iowa football team.

First came the news Thursday from 2013 commit Damond Powell that Erik Campbell was no longer with the program. Campbell, who joined the Hawkeyes from Michigan after Lloyd Carr's ouster, had spent the past five seasons in Iowa City as Kirk Ferentz's wide receivers coach.

Friday, DJ Hernandez, the brother of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, tweeted he was joining the Iowa staff as a graduate assistant where he'll assist in coaching the team's tight ends. Hernandez likely takes the spot of outgoing offensive graduate assistant and ex-Hawkeye quarterback David Raih who just finished his third season in Iowa City. NCAA rules stipulate a person can serve no more than three years in a graduate position at one institution.

Current Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz served as the tight ends coach for the New England Patriots in 2011 where he would have coached Aaron Hernandez.

DJ Hernandez played quarterback at UConn (ironically the alma mater of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz) before switching to wide receiver. He was a two-year captain for the Huskies. In addition to his time with the Hurricanes, Hernandez has also served as quarterbacks coach at Brown in 2011. Prior to that he was a high school coach in Connecticut.

Iowa has not officially acknowledged any staff movements though sources have confirmed to Voice of the Hawkeyes both the departure of Campbell.

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