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Ex-Iowa receiver annouces upcoming book by ripping Kirk Ferentz

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Derrell Johnson-Koulianos played for Iowa from 2007-2010 and didn’t have a great relationship with coach Kirk Ferentz during that time. The talented receiver was suspended for what would’ve been his final collegiate game after a drug bust in 2010, though the more serious offenses were thrown out and he only pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana.

Anyways, Johnson-Koulianos took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce a tell-all book on Iowa football, specifically the Ferentz regime. In a long string of tweets, Johnson-Koulianos teased some dirt on Ferentz:

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Johnson-Koulianos also tweeted: “There’s so much s*** that hasn’t been revealed about what goes on and I experienced. This book gonna open some eyes.”

We’ll see what’s actually in this book, if it comes to fruition, but if Johnson-Koulianos wants the claims he makes in it to stick he’ll have to avoid coming off as disgruntled as he appeared in these tweets. That’s not to say Johnson-Koulianos isn’t telling the truth — maybe he is, maybe he isn’t.

But if this was information Johnson-Koulianos wanted to put out there to significantly damage Ferentz and Iowa football, perhaps the better route would’ve been going to a newspaper or media outlet with his claims, which that outlet could then verify through independent reporting.

It’s a lot easier to deny the claims of a disgruntled former player than those independently corroborated by others around the program.

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23 Responses to “Ex-Iowa receiver annouces upcoming book by ripping Kirk Ferentz”
  1. jdbaker01 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:28 AM

    Who would actually read this book? Judging by his abuse of the english language in his quotes it’s probably gonna read more like a comedy.

  2. raysfan1 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:38 AM

    I hope this was ghost written. His poor grammar is a much greater indictment of our educational system than anything he has to say about Iowa or Coach Ferentz.

    Second, he played football (theoretically) in exchange for an education. Whether he thinks that’s fair remuneration or not, and whether he used that opportunity for an education or not, is beside the point. It was not slave labor. It was a contract to which he agreed.

    Third, he committed crimes, and pled down to a misdemeanor. That’s not a mere mistake.

    He can look in a mirror if he wants to know why he isn’t in the NFL.

  3. kastout11 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:41 AM

    I like Ferentz and think he is a good coach. He was actually rumored to go to Penn State a couple years ago. I am glad O’Brien got the job though.

  4. BrownsTown says: Dec 18, 2013 9:42 AM

    The NFL has consistently demonstrated that they won’t take a chance on talent if it’s not backed up by kind references from the collegiate ranks.

  5. dumbpollack says: Dec 18, 2013 9:42 AM

    From what I recall, the kid had some talent but was LUCKY to get off with a simple possession charge. It’s called sour grapes. Perhaps the coaching staff should write a book about all the nonsense they put up with on this guy. Who gives this nutjob a book deal? I’m not an Iowa fan but this stuff is crazy.

  6. noaxetogrind says: Dec 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    If someone pens some thoughts a calls it a book but no one ever reads it, is it a book?

  7. noaxetogrind says: Dec 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    Sorry, should have been “and calls it a book”.

  8. realfootballfan says: Dec 18, 2013 10:30 AM

    Drug charges you don’t say. Gee, can’t understand why Coach Ferentz didn’t get behind that and “support” you.

  9. ceraser45 says: Dec 18, 2013 10:49 AM

    He should stop blaming other people for his mistakes

  10. southernpatriots says: Dec 18, 2013 10:51 AM

    Maybe he has a trade he can fall back on, or maybe take an apprenticeship under a master mechanic, or roofer, or other tradesman. Maybe he can learn how to actually work and accept responsibility for his own actions.


    Great observation and posts… Maybe it is just like a tree falling in a forest, but no one is there to hear/see it.

  11. 11inthebox says: Dec 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    Its funny how we all want the “dirt” on things. When an investigative reporter unearths all kinds of salacious details, we’re happy to get the inside story and to “hold people accountable” for things.

    But when an athlete (not just this guy but any athlete) shares his story, we don’t seem as interested in those details as we are in discrediting the source.


    Do you REALLY think athletes are the only members of society who have failed to master the English language? Seriously. Do you read most of the comments on this site?

  12. mogogo1 says: Dec 18, 2013 11:32 AM

    “”Your names Derrell not DJK. And you’re not bigger than the program.” I was like WTF? Okay.”

    That one says it all. Derrell is the only one who doesn’t understand what his coach was saying there.

  13. imaduffer says: Dec 18, 2013 11:37 AM

    Smoking pot and having NFL talent are two different things, says the Honey Badger

  14. raysfan1 says: Dec 18, 2013 12:16 PM

    Did I imply that his poor grammar was a function of his being an athlete? (Hint: no.). I only pointed it out in his case because he has supposedly authored a book.

  15. mogogo1 says: Dec 18, 2013 1:23 PM

    “Do you REALLY think athletes are the only members of society who have failed to master the English language? ”

    The only ones? No. The only ones who also got a free college education? Quite possibly yes.

  16. louhudson23 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    Either no one has anything good to say about you because they have nothing good to say about you,or they really do think good things about you ,they just refuse to say them to the NFL…..

  17. tlow97 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    Could’ve transferred.

  18. 2kpony says: Dec 18, 2013 2:55 PM

    Drugs are bad. Mmmkay?

  19. dcviking says: Dec 18, 2013 3:23 PM

    I don’t which one of his tweets I found the most frightening or humorous….

  20. derekgorgonstar says: Dec 18, 2013 5:29 PM

    “slaved for 4-5 years”

    free tuition, free housing, free food, extra academic help average students would kill for, no student loans when you graduate, get to play football so all the girls know who your dumb ass is, never having to buy a meal in town because you’re an all-conference player, free training for the next level by a coach with an NFL background.

    Yes, slavery. System is racist.

  21. dhardy8207 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:02 AM

    Sounds like this young man thought he was entitled. An NFL star in his own mind and can’t accept the fact that he wasn’t the darling of the program.

    He might want to educate himself on the laws involving “slander”. Sounds like from his tweets he is attempting to ding the coach’s character and also affect future recruiting efforts. This could possibly bring on legal repercussions from the institution if not the coach.

    Better come out from under the fog of “Mary Jane” and make sure you got proof to back up what is put in to print….

  22. hihoze says: Dec 24, 2013 11:42 AM

    Police conducted a search with a warrant of Johnson-Koulianos’ residence and found marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs and more than $3,000 in cash.

  23. hihoze says: Dec 24, 2013 11:44 AM

    Police conducted a search with a warrant of Johnson-Koulianos’ residence and found marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs and more than $3,000 in cash.

    Possession of Controlled Substances, Keeping a Drug House, Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug.

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