Iowa's Kirk Ferentz lends support to grad assistant, brother of Aaron Hernandez

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz knows Wednesday hasn't been easy on the family of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. The tight end's brother, D.J. Hernandez, is a Hawkeyes graduate assistant.

Aaron was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Ferentz addressed the situation during a teleconference when asked what the staff has been able to do for D.J. Here's what he had to say:

"All you can do is lend support. It's a very tough thing for D.J. to go through. D.J.'s a tremendous young man, had a great career at the University of Connecticut and was a very unselfish player there, a two-time captain, a very good student. There's just a lot of things that happen in life that are very tough to explain -- and I'm not sure anybody can explain this one. Certainly, it's been a tough period for him."

D.J. is in his third season with Iowa and spent 2012 with Miami as a graduate assistant. He also played under current Maryland coach Randy Edsall at UConn.

No date for Aaron's appeal has been set.