Former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos made news this past week when he went to Twitter to bash Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz for how he felt he was treated during his time in Iowa City.
Ferentz and the man they called DJK never saw eye to eye and the prolific and record-setting Hawkeye wideout eventually was booted from the team for being accused of running a drug house.
DJK admitted to wrongdoing later and even said he felt like he forced Iowa’s hand in the decision to boot him off the roster. And then later said he had no hard feelings.
That changed this week when he bashed Ferentz and threatened that a “Tell All” book was coming.
The University released this statement to the public Friday. It the school’s first and only statement the subject, according to Iowa Sports Information Director Steve Roe.
“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.”
DJK claims to have a book deal already finalized but has not provided specifics to any media outlet as to who is publishing the “soon-to-be masterpiece.”
The former wideout’s biggest argument is that Ferentz kept him out of the NFL after telling several executives that they wouldn’t want him on their roster. However, DJK also was cut from the CFL and did not make the Arena League’s Iowa Barnstormers’ roster either.
Several former players have come to the aid of Ferentz, including Adrian Clayborn, Tony Moeaki, Dace Richardson, Rafael Eubanks, Julian Vandervelde and others. Clayborn’s current profile picture is of he and Ferentz in a celebratory moment with the program. Clayborn and DJK also are former roommates.
The only known backer of DJK is former Iowa cornerback Amari Spievey.
Richardson posted this on his Facebook earlier this week.
“Man I don't have twitter but I hear a fellow teammate of mine wants to bash my head coach in tell all book.....as they say on ESPN countdown c'mon man!!!! What are u thinking if the coaches at iowa didn't have anything nice to say maybe there was a reason......don't bash them cuz you want someone to blame for career never taking off.....only person to blame is urself....coach has always been a stand up guy and will always be one so to fans and future recruits don't listen to this mess....talk to former athletes and you will know the truth.....iowa is great program because of the leader that runs that ship...... go hawks”
Reiff had this on his Facebook as well
"DJK, one of life’s losers. … What a piece of s#*^.”
Note: This will be my only post about this subject. I don't believe DJK, I don't think he has a book offer and I don't think anything comes from his Twitter rant. I also waited to post this to see if the U of I would give a statement. They did. Now that they are done, I'm done, too.