After I made incorrect prediction after incorrect prediction on the past several Pants Party Podcasts, the Iowa football team finally filled up two openings on its offensive staff.
And there you have it. Former Iowa running back Ladell Betts is returning to Iowa City to coach current Iowa running backs, and George Barnett is your new offensive line coach after holding the same position at Miami (Ohio) the past seven years. He’s been the assistant head coach/co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach in Miami since 2016.
It looks like Barnett was hired to coach offensive line at Tulane back in December, but Iowa must’ve given their guy a sweeter offer.
In Barnett’s final season at Miami in 2020, the Redhawks averaged just under 400 yards total offense, while ranking second in the conference, allowing just four sacks.
Prior to Miami, Barnett was the offensive line coach for four seasons. He was elevated to offensive coordinator prior to the 2013 season there.
Betts was a four-year letterwinner at Iowa from 1997-2001, and is the only running back in program history to lead the team in rushing four straight years. Betts ranks second in career rushing yards (3,686), fourth in all-purpose yards (4,397) and 19th in career scoring (162).
Betts had a nine-year NFL career, mostly with the Washington Football Team. He’s been the head coach at Pine Crest high school in Ft. Lauderdale the past two years. He’s been the offensive coordinator there since 2016.
Overall, I’m thrilled with both hires. I’ve always wanted a razzle-dazzle alumnus on the coaching staff, and Betts scratches that itch. Furthermore, I believe he’s actually more than qualified for the role, and could be a great recruiter.
I trust Kirk’s judgment on Barnett, and it seems like he’s got a good hold on the region recruiting-wise.