Originally posted on Planned Sick Days  |  Last updated 10/25/11
If you are just tuning in there is a rumor circulating this morning that began as a post on Hawkeye Report.


A poster that goes by the anonymous name "zeko" claims that Mike Stoops will be Iowa's new defensive coordinator and that Norm Parker will serve as a consultant.

Sounds unbelievable right?

So why give blog space to a such an unbelievable rumor? Well, if you recall just last week, rumors began on message boards that AJ Derby was making a move to linebacker. That rumor remained unconfirmed by the media until Derby stepped on the field for warm-ups at Saturday's game against Indiana.

Sometimes these things turn out to be true. But, I have a hard time believing this one. The Derby rumor can come from one of the many friends and classmates he has on campus. I highly doubt Norm Parker or Gary Barta are hanging over their backyard fence jawing with "Joe the neighbor" about Iowa's coaching situation. In other words, how inside would "zeko" have to be to get a hold of this information.

Now, if the Stoops to Iowa rumor was for 2012 I could buy it. Why would Ferentz bring someone in mid-season to run the defense. Mike Stoops wouldn't know a whole lot about the players or opponents he's coaching or coaching against.

The NCAA limits schools to nine coaches for football. They are also allowed two graduate assistants. The NCAA only allows "consultants" if they are counted under the 11 coaches cap allowed by the NCAA. Pete Carroll got in some hot water with the NCAA back in 2009 when he had several "consultants" around the USC program. So, if Stoops were to join the Iowa coaching staff Parker, or someone, would need to go.

Jon Miller pointed out to me via Twitter, "I think Kirk would hire from within. Would be shocked if he didn't." And that makes the most sense. Again, why bring in a guy that hasn't been around these players when you have coaches that work with them every day?

Ferentz is about to hold his weekly press conference. We'll see if he gets a question relating to this rumor. We'll also see if he holds back his laughter. I'll post an update if one becomes available.


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