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Iowa's Recruiting Coordinator Calls It Quits; He's Opening a Culver's Restaurant Instead

Kirk Ferentz and his special friend, Greg Burks
Kirk Ferentz and his special friend, Greg Burks
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From the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction department.

Iowa is once again looking for a defensive line coach, as recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson is resigning to enter private business. Johnson arrived at Iowa with Kirk Ferentz, serving as a graduate assistant in 1999, and then in quality control from 2000 through 2003, when he was promoted to recruiting coordinator. Along with his recruiting coordinator duties, Johnson has coached tight ends (2003-07, then 2010-11), linebackers (2008-09), and finally replacing Rick Kaczenski as defensive line coach the last two years.

After all that time working with the Hawkeyes, it had to be one heck of an opportunity to pull him away from the bright lights of Iowa City.

You read that right. What's else is there to accomplish in the coaching profession after 15 years with the Hawkeyes? Once you've been to the Outback and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowls, there aren't a lot of restaurant challenges left in football. Iowa is locked out of the Beef O'Brady's Bowl, and the newly restored Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl is likely as well, because they are, well, Iowa.

So it's off to serve walleye, Butterburgers, and custard for Eric Johnson. And Kirk Ferentz has to find yet another defensive line coach, after losing assistants to Nebraska and Culver's.