Iowa responds to statements by Derrell Johnson-Koulianos

November 17, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes helmets on the sideline during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, who is planning on writing a tell-all book about his stint at the school, made some shocking statements about coach Kirk Ferentz earlier this week. Johnson-Koulianos, one the program’s best receivers, accused Ferentz and the school of mishandling his drug-related suspension and costing him an opportunity to succeed in the NFL.

Storify collected some of the receiver’s remarks about his mistreatment, which you can read here.

The Iowa athletic department responded to the accusations in a statement on Friday:

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. As we do with all student-athletes, we attempted to assist him and work through the various issues. 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 (ESPN).

Johnson-Koulianos talked about his upcoming book with ESPN:

I passionately served that institution for five years. I’ve reached out and made plenty of efforts to mend the relationship. I’ve certainly moved on but now an opportunity to tell my story about my life and all the experiences within it has presented itself.

My hope is that future players know the possibility of abandonment if adversity arises at this particular institution. Providing perspective can sometimes be detrimental but truth is what matters most.

We’ll keep you updated when more information is made available.

[Source: ESPN]

Topics: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa Hawkeyes

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