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.