One of the members of Kirk Ferentz’s coaching staff at the University of Iowa has announced that he is leaving the program. The early word was that Johnson was leaving the program to pursue career options elsewhere, but Johnson tweeted this out yesterday.
So, he will be pursuing career options elsewhere, it just came as a surprise that this was the reason. It’s not everyday you hear that a Big Ten coach is leaving the program to open a restaurant.
However, we do wish Coach Johnson the best and he wishes the same for Hawkeye nation.
— Eric Johnson (@HawkeyeCoachEJ) April 19, 2014
Some members of the Hawkeye family had this to say on the subject.
Eric Johnson is the epitome of a GREAT COACH, LEADER, MENTOR, and trusted staff member. Just a great man and family!!! EJ is just awesome
— Jim Reid (@IowaCoachJReid) April 19, 2014
Damn Coach Johnson leaving Iowa?? He was one of the main reasons I committed to Iowa #greatguy
— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) April 19, 2014