By Brendan Stiles
Erik Campbell is no longer an assistant coach on Kirk Ferentz’s coaching staff, a source confirmed via text Thursday afternoon to HawkeyeDrive.com. Campbell’s departure was first reported by Rob Howe of Hawkeye Insider, who quotes an oral commit in Iowa’s 2013 class saying he was recently notified by Iowa coaches that Campbell was no longer with the program.
Campbell joined Iowa as its wide receivers coach in 2008 after serving a similar role under Lloyd Carr at Michigan, where he played collegiately. When Campbell came to Iowa, his predecessor — Lester Erb — moved over to running backs coach, which became vacant following the 2007 season after then-Iowa assistant Carl Jackson announced his retirement.
Under Campbell’s tutelage, the Hawkeyes had a pair of wide receivers — Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Marvin McNutt — who both rewrote record books. McNutt, in particular, went on to be a sixth-round draft choice last year of the Philadelphia Eagles, becoming the first Iowa wideout since Kahlil Hill in 2002 to be taken in the NFL Draft.
As of Thursday afternoon, no announcement has been formally made by the UI and Campbell remained listed in the UI’s directory. However, Campbell has also taken to Twitter to thank Iowa fans who wished him well with his future endeavors.
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