Iowa Offensive Coordinator Search: Could Ken O'Keefe's Replacement Come From Within?

TUCSON AZ - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes walks off the field after being defeated by the Arizona Wildcats in the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 18 2010 in Tucson Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Iowa now finds itself in need of two coordinators after Ken O'Keefe's surprise departure.

Iowa Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz has had the same two coordinators for all of his 13 seasons with the program. Until defensive coordinator Norm Parker announced his retirement, followed by offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe's exit, reportedly for a job with the Miami Dolphins. One of the country's stablest coaching staffs now finds itself almost a week into the 2012 season with nary a coordinator.

Spectacular Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants looks at the possibility of replacing O'Keefe with wide receivers coach Erik Campbell, who's received offers to coach elsewhere with regularity. It wouldn't exactly fit Ferentz' style as of late:

Last, Ferentz has a history of letting assistants walk instead of promoting them. Obviously, that's because the coordinator position has never been open, but in 2000, Ferentz had a future NFL head coach (Philbin) and a future 2-time (so far) Rose Bowl coach on his coaching roster (Bret Bielema) -- not to mention future Arizona Cardinals DL coach Ron Aiken and future horrible SDSU head coach Chuck Long -- and none of them received significant promotions, opting instead to pursue better opportunities elsewhere. Hey, that's how coaching works. Up or out.

In 2011, Iowa ranked No. 76 in the country in total offense.

For more on the Hawkeyes, visit Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants.

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