Iowa's Brinson to transfer, Johnson to coach TEs

Iowa's crowded pool of running backs shed one member Thursday as Jeff Brinson announced he's transferring to a school closer to his Florida home. Brinson battled injury problems throughout last season and likely would have entered spring practice as Iowa's fourth-string back, behind Adam Robinson, Jewel Hampton and Brandon Wegher. He and Hampton were projected as Iowa's running backs of the future, but both men were slowed by injuries in 2009.

You can't fault Brinson for this decision, as carries likely would have been tough to come by in 2010.

In other Hawkeyes news, Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson once again will coach the team's tight ends. Johnson coached tight ends from 2003 to 2007 before focusing strictly on recruiting. Now he'll handle both responsibilities.