CHICAGO — Adam Robinson’s days as a running back at the University of Iowa are over, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday.
Robinson, Iowa’s rushing leader the last two seasons, was suspended for violations of team rules before Iowa’s Insight Bowl appearance in December. The night before the Hawkeyes faced Missouri, Robinson was cited for marijuana possession by the Iowa State Patrol.
Ferentz issued a statement shortly after returning from the bowl saying Robinson had been dismissed from the team. Robinson, who with 1,775 yards is No. 13 on Iowa’s career rushing list, remained on scholarship and in school.
At an I-Club outing in April, Ferentz said, “My No. 1 focus for him is to do well academically this semester and then we’ll see where it takes him.”
Tuesday’s statement left nothing to the imagination.
“He’s going to be going somewhere else,” Ferentz said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but he won’t be with us.”
Robinson rushed for 1,775 yards and 15 TDs in his two-year run as the starter. He suffered a shoulder surgery and missed last spring, but returned and started strong in 2010, with five 100-yard games in Iowa’s first seven weeks. Then, in week 8 against Michigan State, he suffered a concussion that kept him out of the Indiana game. He suffered another concussion against Ohio State and missed Iowa’s finale against Minnesota.
Ferentz gave updates on a few other players.
– Offensive lineman Dan Heiar, who was pinned in his truck for an hour after crashing along Interstate 80 in early April, is out of the UIHC and recovering. Heiar, a 6-5, 280-pound transfer from Iowa Western Community College, had been in the hospital for a few weeks.
“He’s doing better, he’s out of the hospital,” Ferentz said. “He’s recovering. He’s on the team, but he hasn’t been on campus.”
Iowa State Patrol Trooper Matt Costello said alcohol was found inside the truck, but he did not have Heiar’s blood alcohol content. The trooper said wheel marks and lack of braking signs suggest Heiar may have fallen asleep while driving.
When he spoke with Heiar at the hospital, Costello said, Heiar said couldn’t recall where he had been or where he was going. The investigation continues. No charges have been filed.
– Iowa announced Cornerback Willie Lowe was one of the 13 Hawkeyes stricken with rhabdomyolysis after a strenuous January workout. In early April, Iowa confirmed Lowe asked for a release from his scholarship.
Ferentz said Lowe has decided not to play football next season.
“My understanding is that Willie is going to stay in school, but he’s not going to play,” Ferentz said Tuesday. “He really didn’t want to play.”
– Running back Rodney Coe has been the subject of rumors that he won’t qualify academically to enter the UI. Coe, a 6-3, 255-pounder who had dozens of offers from national programs, is one of the top recruits in the 2011 class.
He needs a better ACT/SAT score.
”It’s still early in the game,” Ferentz said Tuesday. “We’ll know more on that stuff later on.”