Former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa’s career leader in receptions, said Tuesday on Twitter that he plans to write a book about playing for Iowa and under coach Kirk Ferentz.
Johnson-Koulianos, 26, finished his career with 173 receptions for 2,616 yards and 17 touchdowns. He played from 2006-10. His career ended prematurely following an arrest on drug-related charges in December 2010. Johnson-Koulianos eventually pleaded guilty to marijuana possession while other drug charges were dismissed.
This week, in the wake of the ESPN 30 for 30 special “Youngstown Boys,” Johnson-Koulianos, a Youngstown, Ohio, native, started a series of tweets on his stormy days at Iowa, which included first-team all-Big Ten as a senior, a media ban and strained relationship with Ferentz and Iowa staff members. The book idea was a prominent topic Tuesday.
No1 likes me talking about this now but a big book offer came. Plus every day a question about "what happened?" gets asked.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Contacted by The Gazette, Johnson-Koulianos said he has a contract offer for a book. He wouldn’t say who was writing or publishing the book. He said he’s weighing exposing teammates in the book and hasn’t signed the contract.
Johnson-Koulianos directed a pointed Twitter attack toward Ferentz and UI strength and conditioning coordinator Wednesday.
Iowa sports information director Steve Roe said the UI will not comment. Ferentz had a radio show on Wednesday evening.
Here’s a sample of Johnson-Koulianos’ Twitter (I’m not posting all of it, there’s some stuff there that might end up in an affidavit someday):
KF punished me by making me wear a trash can on my head for an entire practice while recruits parents were at practice...— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
...then Chris Doyle took a picture and hung it in the weight room. You think recruits will like that?— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013