The coaching carousel in college football is ever-spinning and while Iowa isn't going to be a primary participant this year (Kirk Ferentz's seat is cold as ice right now), they're going to feel the carousel's effects in the assistant ranks. Case in point: Iowa linebackers coach Jim Reid is headed to Boston College to serve as defensive coordinator for the Eagles, as first reported by A Jersey Guy, a blog by Boston College sportswriter Mark Blaudschun and now confirmed by Blair Sanderson from Iowa's Rivals site.
It's a move that makes sense for Reid, given his history, as Blaudschun outlines:
Reid is a New England guy growing up in Medford and going to school at Maine. Reid also worked his way up through the UMass coaching system, going from a grad assistant to head coach, before he moved to the FBS level.
He left Richmond in 2003, after a 9 year stint and bounced around as an assistant at Syracuse and Bucknell. He went down to the FCS level for a year as the head coach at VMI, before moving briefly into the NFL as a linebackers coach with the Miami Dolphins. He went back to college as an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Virginia for three years, before moving to Iowa as Coach Kirk Ferentz's linebacker coach in 2012.
Reid also has direct history with this particular job -- he's already served one stint as Boston College's defensive coordinator, in 1994 (he left after one year to become the head coach at Richmond). BC's previous defensive coordinator, Don Brown, left to assume DC responsibilities at Michigan (who had an opening there because D.J. Durkin left to become the head coach at Maryland).
Since arriving at Iowa in 2012 Reid has served a few different roles on Ferentz's staff , but he's primarily worked with Iowa's linebackers, generally to good success. James Morris, Anthony Hitchens, and Christian Kirksey formed a very potent linebacking corps in 2013, and while there were several growing pains with a group of young, inexperienced linebackers last year, some positional re-jiggering in the off-season allowed guys like Josey Jewell and Ben Niemann to flourish.
Reid recruited for Iowa across the Midwest, where he helped land commitments from Michael Slater (out of Missouri) and Toks Akinribade (from Indiana). Reid has done important work on the recruiting trail, to be sure, but he hasn't been the primary recruiter on many of Iowa's prospects. The loss from Reid's departure isn't on the recruiting trail.
That's not to say it won't be felt. Just watching him discuss -- well, gush about -- his linebackers before the Rose Bowl shows why he's been a success at Iowa , and almost everywhere else he's been (I'd embed the video, but it's autoplay. It's worth the clickthrough.) He's a teacher and a motivator, and under his tutelage, Iowa's linebackers have improved markedly. Reid deserves another chance to run a defense, and now he has it.
Former co-linebackers coach Levar Woods, who is now Iowa's tight ends coach, will likely be the favorite to replace Reid. That's hardly a certainty at this time, however, particularly if Reid is not the only defensive assistant on his way out the door.
We wish Jim Reid the best.