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Iowa responds to strong statements by former receiver

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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.

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7 Responses to “Iowa responds to strong statements by former receiver”
  1. iapunk says: Dec 20, 2013 6:32 PM

    I would be surprised if he “has a book coming out.” He says he is writing a book but I’ll believe it when I see it. He didn’t get a sniff in the NFL and was cut after tryouts in the CFL and Arena league. He grew up in Youngstown and looks like he watched the Youngstown Boys last weekend so this is a look at me too time for him.

  2. whitdog23 says: Dec 20, 2013 8:59 PM

    Bet he doesn’t know writing a book means you can say whatever you want. it still has to be the truth and he has to be able to prove it. otherwise, he’ll be sued.

    iapunk,
    you summed up the youngstown attitude just right

  3. derekgorgonstar says: Dec 20, 2013 9:15 PM

    Not saying this kid is right, but do the research, there’s no doubt Ferentz runs a pretty dirty program.

    DJK comes off as a d-bag, though, his accusations lose a little steam.

  4. tttrojan4life says: Dec 20, 2013 10:58 PM

    Bet he doesn’t know writing a book means you can say whatever you want. it still has to be the truth and he has to be able to prove it. otherwise, he’ll be sued.
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    He doesn’t have to prove anything, especially the truth. The person or organization must prove that it is not the truth, he wrote lies on purpose, and his aim was to damage the reputation of the said person or organization.

    Libel is difficult to prove. The law is on the side of the writer.

  5. polegojim says: Dec 21, 2013 9:33 AM

    Running a dirty program didn’t force drugs on him.

    There was no real remorse. This stinks of revenge for not being allowed back in. He feigned remorse when he thought it would get him back in. When it didn’t , he quickly moved to the other R work… REVENGE… true colors proven.

    Why not try to walk on somewhere else?

    If you’re not good enough to get picked up… admit it and stop wasting so much negative energy.

    Move forward with you life.

  6. tfilarski says: Dec 21, 2013 12:53 PM

    derekgorgonstar says:
    Dec 20, 2013 9:15 PM
    Not saying this kid is right, but do the research, there’s no doubt Ferentz runs a pretty dirty program.
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    dirty program how? iowa has never received a ncaa sanction. KF stresses the front of the jersey is more important than the name on the back. DJK is an idiot and cry baby.

  7. bigmike76 says: Dec 21, 2013 8:42 PM

    How dare him to make stupid statement’s about Iowa’s team!! Does he have proof? Can anybody else backup his “story”. No and no. If he wasn’t good enough for the CFL then he’s certainly not NFL material. And I’ve NEVER heard about Iowa being investigated for anything. In fact when they find problems within their University they take care of the problem the way the NCCA wants it before anyone finds out. That sounds pretty goodto me unlike Ohio St, and other colleges. Iowa is clean!!

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