On Monday evening, 12 Iowa football players were admitted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for an undisclosed illness. The names of the student-athletes and additional information were not disclosed by the university due to privacy laws.
Stories have been reporting that the players recently participated in offseason workouts and the symptoms are likely related to this. On Tuesday, the athletes were still recovering.
According to an ESPN.com story, a University of Iowa staff physician said in a statement, “The student-athletes were admitted throughout the course of Monday evening. All of the individuals are responding well to treatment as of Tuesday morning. All are in safe and stable condition.”
Ferentz was made aware of the situation as he is out of town on a recruiting trip.
In other Hawkeye news, Iowa’s ex-wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos reached a plea agreement with the Johnson County’s assistant district attorney. DJK has pleaded guilty on marijuana possession while the other drug charges against him have been dropped.
On Monday, DJK had no comment to a Des Moines Register reporter.
Iowa’s all-time leading receiver was arrested by Iowa City police on Dec. 7. The target of the investigation was initially DJK’s roommate but after searching the football player’s home, police found DJK in possession of cocaine, marijuana and two prescription drugs without a valid prescription. He admitted taking the drugs and subsequently tested positive in a drug test.
Under Johnson-Koulianos’ plea agreement, he received a deferred judgment, meaning that the charge will be removed from his record if he stays away from legal trouble.
In addition, DJK will be placed on one year of unsupervised probation. He will undergo a substance abuse evaluation within 30 days, and will need to provide a clean drug test within 10 days. He is also required to pay fines and court costs.
Now the bigger question remains: Will DJK go to to the NFL this year?
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Written by Debbie Baratz