Today at a press conference held in Iowa City, Coach Kirk Ferentz along with Gary Barta, Iowa Athletic Director, attempted to stem the tide of wild rumors about an Iowa football program gone mad on drugs.
According to Ferentz, there was one and only one drug related dismissal––that of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa’s all-time leading receiver.
Because of his arrest and admission of guilt, DJK burned his NFL bridge crossing over Iowa City.
The departure of Jewel Hampton came through discussion and a mutual decision, having nothing to do with drugs.
The other suspension, that of running back Adam Robinson, also had nothing to do with drugs.
One suspects that it had to do with Robinson’s performance in the classroom––not on the playing field, although Coach Ferentz refused to give specifics, respecting the right of the student athlete to privacy concerning personal matters.
Hopefully, now the team can return to practice, focusing upon the Insight Bowl where the Hawkeyes must face a very good Missouri team in less than two weeks.
It is hopeful that the press conference served to close the door on the rumors, turning the tide of speculation back to the Insight Bowl Game in Tempe.