It’s been a tough week for the Iowa Hawkeye’s offense.
Last Tuesday evening, senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was arrested on drug charges and for running a drug house. Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said he was suspended by the team and on Thursday, he then stated the team’s all-time leading receiver would not play at the upcoming Insight Bowl on Dec. 28.
On Friday evening, missing in action sophomore running back Brandon Wegher, who did not play for the team all season, was officially granted a release by Iowa. One of the stipulations of the transfer is Wegher cannot play at another Big Ten school.
In 2009, Wegher rushed for an Iowa freshman-record eight touchdowns with 641 yards on the ground. He completed his season by running for 113 yards and scoring a touchdown in the Orange Bowl.
On Sunday evening junior running back Jewel Hampton, who spent the entire 2009 season injured and then again incurred a season-ending injury in the September Arizona game, got the rumor mills going with his Facebook status: Former Hawkeye!! Wats next?
Today, Ferentz confirmed that Hampton has requested a transfer and said the following in a press release, “Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the team and plans to transfer to another school to complete his degree and finish his career. We wish him the best of success in the future.”
Rumors are swirling that Hampton is leaving because of a failed team-administered drug test.
But wait, there’s still more news for Hawkeye Nation.
After a two-hour break from the Internet, I have just read that sophomore running back Adam Robinson is out for the Insight Bowl.
Ferentz said in a release today (same one as the Hampton relese), “While Adam has been cleared medically, he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies. Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January.”
Robinson, who suffered two concussions this season, led the team in rushing with 941 yards and 10 touchdowns.
So what’s going on? Rumors are flying around the Internet and message boards that a drug scandal has hit the team and 11 players may be suspended from the football program.
Ferentz will hold a press conference Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. And on Friday, the Iowa players will have a team meeting after having the week off from practice.
Vegas thinks something is up: it took down its betting line this afternoon for the Insight Bowl.
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Written by Debbie Baratz