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Iowa Dispels Rumors of Drug Scandal, Emphasizes Drug Testing

Posted By Debbie Baratz On Dec 14 2010 @ 1:04 pm In Iowa | No Comments

In a press conference this morning with the Iowa Hawkeye athletic director Gary Barta and Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, any Internet and Twitter rumors of an Iowa football drug scandal were put to rest by the two.

After yesterday’s announced suspension of sophomore running back Adam Robinson and the requested transfer by junior running back Jewel Hampton, the press conference did not announce anything new.  It was a proactive public relations move by the University and an opportunity to talk about the university’s drug testing.  

Here’s what we learned today:

  • In response to whether nor not any more players are involved, Barta said [1], “We don’t have any more, and we don’t anticipate any more.” Ferentz agreed with the statement.
  • Ferentz emphasized that Robinson had academic problems earlier in the season (Ohio State game), trying to distance himself from putting Robinson in the category of a failed drug test. When asked whether Robinson would return to the team in January, Ferentz responded that he thought so.
  •  The Jewel Hampton decision to transfer was a mutual one and it was voluntary, according to Ferentz. He reiterated that Hampton’s one-game suspension at the beginning of the season came from actions in June [2]. Ferentz also noted that Hampton had pretty much been out of the picture on the team  for the last six to eight weeks due to his injury.
  • Was Derrell Johnson-Koulianos a distraction in the locker room due to his drug habits and lifestyle? Ferentz responded no to that question as well as was he aware that DJK’s roommate was a drug dealer. 
  • There were no comments about Brandon Wegher.
  •  In addition to NCAA and Big Ten drug testing, Iowa conducts their own on student athletes. Ironically, when DJK was getting arrested, Iowa was conducting drug tests on 10 of their football players.
  • Barta and Ferentz said there’s ways of beating the drug tests, and if a player refuses to take one at Iowa, it’s seen as testing positive.
  • If a test does come out positive, the first line of defense is going to a counselor. A player isn’t necessarily suspended from the team.

Here’s a link to the press conference  [3](sign in is free) and a transcript [4].

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[1] Barta said: http://thegazette.com/2010/12/14/ferentz-barta-talk-about-hawkeye-football-controversy/

[2] actions in June: http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/22866/iowas-jewel-hampton-arrested-saturday

[3] press conference : http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/121310aai.html

[4] a transcript: http://iowa.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1165216

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