After creating the job opening, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz stepped away from the interview process that led to the hiring of his son as an assistant and will not evaluate his performance or set his salary, according to documents released Wednesday.
The university released a memo from athletics director Gary Barta detailing a plan to manage the conflict of interest between Brian Ferentz and his father, which is required under a school policy that discourages nepotism in hiring, salary and other employment decisions. In the document, Barta took credit for the decision to recruit and hire the younger Ferentz and said he would be his supervisor going forward.
The school announced last month that it hired Brian Ferentz away from the New England Patriots to coach the Hawkeyes offensive line. Brian Ferentz, 28, played for the Hawkeyes from 2002-05 and spent the last four years with the Patriots, serving as tight ends coach last season.
''I was very interested in pursuing Brian Fere...