Iowa Football: Are the Hawkeyes' Problems of Last Season Firmly in the Past?

Nicholas MoffittCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2011

Kirk Ferentz and his style of coaching has allowed Iowa to put all things in the past.
Kirk Ferentz and his style of coaching has allowed Iowa to put all things in the past.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

For many teams, an 8-5 season with a bowl win over Missouri would have been great, but not the Hawkeyes.

Arrests, off-the-field conduct and academic problems haunted the 2010 Hawkeyes and, even more specifically, their backfield.

The biggest news was one of Iowa's all-time great wideouts, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and fostering a drug house, things unacceptable by Kirk Ferentz standards, that had him relieved of his duties for the Insight Bowl and kicked off the team.

“I am highly disappointed to learn of the charges. Derrell has been suspended from all team activities,” head coach Kirk Ferentz said.

Ferentz didn't comment on the situation anymore, no big press conference. He handled it in a way that made less of a story out of it and put his focus on the future and the upcoming bowl game, which was won without the help of DJK.

It was a giant controversy for the fan favorite and although he was let off on postponed prosecution, it tarnished his reputation, draft stock and how others looked at the Iowa Hawkeyes program.

These events happened over a period of time to the Iowa running backs, and their multitude of problems decimated the backfield. Whether it was academic issues, the lack of sound decisions or injuries, the Hawks just couldn't find any luck until freshman Markus Coker exploded onto the scene becoming the Insight Bowl MVP.

Iowa fans soon forgot about the problems of the past and put their blinders on to the bright future Coker would provide.

Then the offseason came and we saw players hospitalized from rhabdomyolysis that could have ended a lot worse than it did; all players ended up fine and dandy.

The investigation found nothing about who was to blame for the incident, but the program claimed they would do a better job of watching their student athletes for problems like this in the future.
That's it—Iowa put those things behind it and never looked back.

This year returns a fresh roster that can stir up little-to-no controversy because of their ban from tweeting (which we have seen as a PR nightmare for some players), the way Kirk Ferentz demands his players to act and just the Iowa way of doing things.

The University of Iowa is a class act program. Let the problems of 2010 stay there.