Ferentz’s future son-in-law to get new supervisor
IOWA CITY (AP) — An entry-level assistant who is the future son-in-law of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will no longer be supervised by the football program to avoid concerns about nepotism, the university said Thursday.
Tyler Barnes, 27, will report for now to associate athletic director Rick Klatt, who oversees the athletic department’s marketing and media relations efforts. Athletic director Gary Barta said Barnes has been a model employee, but the change was necessary after he learned Barnes is set to marry Ferentz’s daughter in July.
The announcement comes after The Gazette reported that Ferentz did not disclose to Barta that Barnes had become engaged to his 25-year-old daughter, Joanne, last year. It marks the second time in less than a year that Barta has taken steps to avoid nepotism questions surrounding Ferentz, whose program hired his son, Brian Ferentz, over 100 other applicants to become the Hawkeyes’ offensive line coach last year. Ferentz, who is entering his 15th season at Iowa, had two other sons on last year’s team.
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