Pete Thamel of Yahoo tweeted on Saturday that the Hawkeye football program may be welcoming back a familiar face:
Sources: Iowa expected to hire Ladell Betts as the school's next running back coach. He's a former Iowa star, NFL player and was coaching high school at Pine Crest in Fort Lauderdale.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 13, 2021
Iowa has an opening at the position as Derrick Foster took a job with the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this winter, after three seasons at Iowa.
Three seasons at Iowa is also how many Betts played for Kirk Ferentz, between 1999-2001. Betts also played one year under former head coach Hayden Fry.
Betts prepped at Blue Springs, Missouri and is one of the toughest running backs to every carry the ball for the Hawkeyes. He played most of his career behind undersized and overwhelmed offensive lines, yet he averaged at least 4.5/yards per carry his final two seasons in Iowa City, including 4.8/ypc his senior year as the soon to be best offensive line in school history was nearing their peak.
Betts is the second leading rusher in school history behind Sedrick Shaw and was also a dangerous dual threat weapon for Iowa. He went on to play nearly 10 years in the NFL, all but one with Washington.
Betts’ 832 career rushing attempts is 19th in Big Ten history and his 904 plays from scrimmage is 18th best in Big Ten history. Betts has been the head coach at a private school in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as of late.