Former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa’s career leader in receptions, lashed out this week with a Twitter rant against the UI.
Iowa responded 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. 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.
“We wish the best for Mr. Johnson-Koulianos going forward.”
UI sports information director Steve Roe said this will be Iowa’s only comment on the situation.
Johnson-Koulianos made news Tuesday with 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.
Johnson-Koulianos claims he has a contract offer for a book. He declined to say who was writing or publishing it.
Via text on Friday, Johnson-Koulianos wrote that Iowa cut off contact with him after his suspension in December 2010.
“Since that December I haven’t heard from anyone from the U of I,” Johnson-Koulianos wrote in the text message. “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.”