TEMPE, Ariz. — Iowa running back Adam Robinson was cited for possession of marijuana Monday night by the Iowa State Patrol.
That is the new news.
From the State Patrol release: “Robinson was cited for possession of marijuana and released on his own recognizance with a promise to appear in court on January 5, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.”
As far as his status on the team, that remains up in the air. Iowa athletics director Gary Barta released a statement this afternoon. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is preparing the Hawkeyes (7-5) face No. 12 Missouri (10-2) in the Insight Bowl tonight.
“Kirk and I were made aware of Adam’s situation earlier this morning. Obviously, we are both extremely disappointed to hear the news. We don’t have all of the facts and will withhold any further comment until we return to Iowa City and learn all of the details.”
Robinson’s career and Iowa’s season took a series turn on Oct. 30, when the Hawkeyes routed No. 5 Michigan State, 37-6, at Kinnick Stadium.
Robinson suffered the first of two concussions he sustained less than a month. On Nov. 20, he left the Ohio State game after taking a blow to the head in the second half. Robinson, a Des Moines native, didn’t fumble in his 351 carries as a Hawkeye. He fumbled when he was concussed against MSU and fumbled two more times in November.
Robinson, Iowa’s leading rusher the last two seasons with 1,775 yards and 15 TDs, was suspended for the first quarter of the Ohio State game because of academics, Ferentz said after the OSU game.
Then, earlier this month in the wake of the drug-related arrest of wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Ferentz announced that Robinson was suspended for the Insight Bowl for violations of team rules. He, of course, didn’t make the trip to Tempe.
“We have a lot of good guys on the team. Adam Robinson is a good guy,” said Ferentz, who added that Robinson was eligible for the Insight Bowl. “He just has not been taking care of business the way I expect him to.”
This wasn’t taking care of business.
An Iowa State Patrol trooper stopped the vehicle Robinson was riding in for no front plate on East 4th Street, south of Des Moines Street in Des Moines on 10:45 Monday night.
According to the State Patrol release, the driver was identified as Ermin Zornic, 20, and Robinson, 21.
From the release, “During his initial approach to the vehicle, the Trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and marijuana was found inside the vehicle.”
Zornic was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana. OWI charges are pending toxicology tests. He was incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.
Robinson was cited for possession and released.
Iowa has tonight’s Insight Bowl. Let’s start there for the running back position.
True freshman Marcus Coker gets the call tonight. The 6-f00t, 230-pounder has 403 yards in six games, a promising start to his career. He also had a crucial fumble against Minnesota, but he put up one of the better performances against Ohio State, the Big Ten’s top rush defense, by any running back this season.
Iowa has opportunity to sell running backs this recruiting season.
Iowa landed a commitment from running back Rodney Coe, a 6-3, 230-pounder from Edwardsville, Ill., just last weekend. He is a prospect a ton of schools wanted, some as a running back and some as a linebacker. Iowa recruited him as a running back.
According to HawkeyeReport.com, Iowa has a commitment from Illiniois running back Mikail McCall, who rushed for 1,283 yards and 16 touchdowns for Thornridge High School last season. McCall told HawkeyeReport that Iowa was taking two or three running backs in this class.
Probably make that three.
Before Monday’s citation, Robinson already was suspended, which means he had no contact with the team and hasn’t since early December. During the Dec. 14 news conference Ferentz said he was gone but had the option to return.
His locker might already be cleaned out.