Iowa hires Greg Davis as offensive coordinator


February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis has found a new home at Iowa after a year out of the game. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced Monday that Davis will be his new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Davis replaces Ken O’Keefe, who left the Hawkeyes after 13 seasons to become the wide receivers coach with the Miami Dolphins. The 60-year-old Davis has spent 33 years as a college coach, including a stint as the head coach at Tulane from 1988-91. But he’s perhaps best known for the 13 years he spent working for Texas coach Mack Brown. Davis resigned shortly after the 2010 season, when the Longhorns finished 5-7.

Though his stint with the Longhorns ended poorly, the program boasted some of its best offenses in under Davis. He coached the likes of Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams and quarterbacks Vince Young and Colt McCoy, both Heisman finalists, and had five players earn Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors. Texas won a pair of Big 12 championships and the 2005 BCS national championship with Davis on its staff, and Davis was named the Frank Broyles assistant coach of the year after the Longhorns beat USC for the national title. Davis graduated from McNeese State in 1973 and, after a short stint coaching high school ball in Texas, became the quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M. Davis also made stops at Arkansas, Georgia and North Carolina before landing in Austin with Brown. The hiring of Brown concludes a rather chaotic offseason for the Iowa coaching staff, which saw by far its most upheaval in 13 years under Ferentz.

The Hawkeyes promoted defensive backs coach Phil Parker to replace retired defensive coordinator Norm Parker (no relation), moved offensive line coach Reese Morgan to the defensive line and hired Brian Ferentz, Kirk’s son, away from the New England Patriots to coach the offensive linemen.