Iowa’s Parker set to call it quits after bowl game


December 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Norm Parker has been the defensive coordinator at Iowa so long that it’s tough to remember who preceded him. But at age 70, Parker maintained Friday that it’s time to move on. Parker – better known as “Norm” to the Hawkeyes- will call it quits after the Insight Bowl against Oklahoma on Dec. 30th.

Parker’s unassuming persona and rock-solid defenses, which ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense in 2008 to 2010, have been a hallmark of the Hawkeyes program. He’ll be remembered fondly by his players and coach Kirk Ferentz.  But Parker says he feels it is time for him to step aside and let someone else have a crack at his job.