Earlier this week former Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had some strong statements to say about the way he felt he was treated by Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. The unlashing through Twitter caused quite a stir, and it caught the attention of Iowa. The university released a statement in response to the rant by Johnson-Koulianos late Friday afternoon.
“The UI Athletics Department and the Iowa football team are aware of former Iowa student-athlete Derrell Johnson-Koulianos’ recent social media statements,” the statement shared via email said. “During his career at Iowa, Mr. Johnson-Koulianos had moments of success on the field. He also made some unfortunate decisions during that period of time.”
Johnson-Koulkianos was was hit with multiple drug charges in December 2010, which led to his suspension from Iowa’s bowl game that season. A couple of months later he apologized for his actions and showed remorse.
“As we do with all student-athletes, we attempted to assist him and work through the various issues,” Iowa’s statement read. “Unfortunately, his tenure ended with him being suspended from participating in intercollegiate athletics at Iowa due to being in violation of the UI’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.”
Johnson-Koulianos has a book coming out, which is said to be a tell-all tale of his experience with the Iowa football program, so the timing of the rant is a tad suspicious. Regardless, the way the Iowa football program has been run has come under fire at times over the past couple of years, so it may be enlightening to see how Johnson-Koulianos pulls back the curtain.