Darrell Wilson leaves Iowa football after 11 years

BY BEN ROSS | FEBRUARY 14, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa football coaching staff continues to shake things up.

Two weeks after officially announcing the departure of wide-receiver coach Erik Campbell, Iowa defensive-back and special-team coach Darrell Wilson has left the program for a future Big Ten team, no less, in Rutgers.

When reached for comment, the Iowa Athletics Department acknowledged the departure of Wilson, who spent 11 years on the Iowa staff, but went no further than that. Rutger’s athletics website, scarletknights.com, released a statement from head coach Kyle Flood regarding the addition of the former Iowa coach.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Darrell and his family home,” Flood said in the release. “Darrell is a proven winner on the field and a proven recruiter in the state of Rutgers. He brings more than a decade of Big Ten experience with him, but more important than all of that, Darrell is the right person for our program.”

Wilson will hold the same position at Rutgers as he did at Iowa, coaching the defensive secondary. The former Iowa coach has ties to Rutgers, which will begin competition in the Big Ten starting in 2014.

In 1999 he served as the running-back coach for the Scarlet Knights before taking a job as the linebacker coach at Wisconsin. Wilson joined the Iowa staff in 2002, serving as a linebacker and special-team coach for the Hawkeyes until 2011. His last year at Iowa was spent as the man in charge of the Iowa defensive secondary, while still coordinating Iowa’s special teams.

Iowa may have more positions to fill besides a defensive-back coach. The team has yet to name a successor to Campbell and has a graduate assistant spot to fill with the departure of David Raih.

The Hawkeyes will begin spring practice on March. 25.

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