UI to review Ferentz football hiring

BY KRISTEN EAST | MARCH 07, 2013 5:00 AM

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University of Iowa officials have called for a review of Athletics Department procedures related to head football coach Kirk Ferentz hiring as an administrative assistant in 2012 the man who became his son-in-law, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported Wednesday.

Tyler Barnes was hired in January 2012 as a temporary administrative assistant. Six months later, he became engaged to Joanee Ferentz, Kirk Ferentz’s daughter.

The Gazette reported no conflict-of-interest form was ever completed for Barnes, before or after the couple’s engagement. Kirk Ferentz told The Gazette that he didn’t see any reason to tell Athletics Director Gary Barta about Barnes’ engagement.

This isn’t the only time the UI Athletics Department has hired family members of employees. Kirk Ferentz’s son Brian Ferentz was hired as offensive-line coach in February 2012.

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