IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s football program opened up its director of player development position to a national search, but it appears to be a formality.
Former Iowa defensive end Broderick Binns moved into that role on a temporary basis last April after predecessor Chic Ejiasi accepted a position with the Tennessee Titans.
Gene Taylor, Iowa’s deputy athletics director, said in order to fill the position permanently, the athletics department must open up the job to a search. Iowa could have named Binns for the role temporarily, but not hired him outright for the position.
Binns is likely to remain in that position. He was a three-year starting defensive end with Iowa from 2008-2011 and was a second-team all-Big Ten defensive end as a senior. Binns was a three-year member of Iowa’s Leadership Group and was the team’s defensive Most Valuable Player in 2011.
Iowa still has two open coaching positions on offense, at either offensive line, wide receiver or running back. In April, the NCAA expects to expanded football coaching staffs to 10 members, which would allow Iowa to fill all three of those spots.