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Panthers' Nelson Leaving for Ankeny

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For the second time since the end of the football season-- UNI head coach Mark Farley is looking to replace a longtime assistant coach.

Northern Iowa offensive line coach Rick Nelson is leaving the Panthers after 15 seasons to become head coach at Ankeny high school.

Nelson says the decision to leave UNI now is strictly a family move

Coach Nelson will get a chance to work with his son Nick--is currently a secondary coach on Ankeny's staff---which means he will also be close to his grandchildren.

Nelson is one of the original assistant coaches on Farley's staff when he took the job in 2001..Nelson has coached nine linemen who have gone on to play in the NFL, 12 all-conference selections and four all-Americans at UNI


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