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REPORTS: TIM POLASEK TO JOIN IOWA FOOTBALL AS ASSISTANT COACH

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Polasek previously served as the offensive coordinator at North Dakota State

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Breaking from the usual Friday news dump routine, it sounds like Iowa football has made a hire to its program:

Kolpack is about as rock solid as they come on the reporting front, so we’re going to trust him here.

Now let’s get down to brass tacks: who or what is a Tim Polasek? Well, Iowa fans should be somewhat familiar with him, in that for the past two years he served as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at North Dakota State. Yes, the North Dakota State that beat Iowa 23-21 in Kinnick this past year in a game where the Bison racked up 239 rushing yards against a generally stout Iowa defense.

Some say he was instrumental in developing Carson Wentz, which could be fair given his role in the offense. Before taking over the offense at NDSU, he was a tight ends coach at Northern Illinois. Before that he was a graduate assistant at NDSU, and before that he was an assistant at Wisconsin Stevens-Point. So look at that! No Iowa ties whatsoever!

It’s unclear what role he’ll fill at Iowa since the school hasn’t announced anything yet, but I’m willing to bet it’s running backs coach, seeing as how Iowa is without one of those at the moment and he has experience there.

I think we should feel pretty good about this. Polasek comes from a winning program and could even check the “run game coordinator” box that Brian Ferentz filled the last couple years. It would be nice to maybe get someone with some more recruiting experience from a blueblood, but this is Iowa. That was never going to happen. And I mean how sexy of a hire can a running backs coach be?

If nothing else, the guy has a real gritty Twitter banner.

Here’s a cool video of Polasek talking about his time as a coach. Before he was coaching he worked in an iron factory. Did we already say grit?

Welcome aboard, Mr. Polasek. We look forward to you hopefully bringing life to Iowa offenses of the future.