Drug Scandal in Iowa Hawkeyes Football Program: 20 Possible Suspensions



Bombshell upon bombshell is rocking the Iowa Hawkeyes football program recently, and it appears if you thought the drug house scandal in Iowa City ended with Derrell Johnson-Koulianos…well, then you couldn’t have been more wrong.
Reportedly, the Iowa Hawkeyes coaching staff will be suspending and/or revoking the scholarships of up to 20 players because of failed drug tests. The University has not taken these actions yet, but inside sources point in that direction.

Curiosity was initially sparked around the nation when the Insight Bowl was pulled off the books everywhere from Las Vegas casinos to internet gaming sites.

This curious action sent gamblers scrambling for information.

Turns out, last night Jewel Hampton was making cryptic Facebook posts about being a former Hawkeye, and today it was reported that he is transferring.

And star tailback Adam Robinson is not traveling for the bowl game, it was reported minutes ago.

“Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the team and plans to transfer to another school to complete his degree and finish his career.  We wish him the best of success in the future,” said Ferentz.

“While Adam has been cleared medically, he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies.  Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January.”

Hampton, a 5-9, 210-pounder from Indianapolis, IN, has been plagued by injury problems during his three years at Iowa. He has rushed for 577 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a Hawkeye. He was injured in the Arizona game earlier this season and was lost for the season following surgery.

Robinson, a 5-9, 205-pound back from Des Moines, IA, led the team in rushing with 941 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Early in the day came a report that Iowa was releasing a statement at 3 PM, which was later pushed to 4:20. Yes, Iowa athletics was going to release a statement about pot-smoking football players….at 4:20. (cue laughter)

Perhaps realizing the folly of that, no statement came from the athletic department until around 5:40pm. No further statements will be made tonight, and a press conference will be held tomorrow morning at 10.

However, what can be gleaned from reports is that police recovered a laptop from DJK’s drug house that had a customer list, and this customer list led to the athletic department mandating drug tests. Reportedly — and it needs to be mentioned that this is not confirmed by Iowa — but reportedly a majority of the offensive starters failed these drug tests.

What will the fallout be? How many players suspended? Most importantly, did coaches know, and if so when??

Stay tuned to The Sports Bank for up to the date information on this breaking story.

–Paul Schmidt

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  1. This article has to be the most inaccurate thing I have ever seen.
    There doesn’t seem to be one single correct fact in it.

  2. Please tell me where it is “reported” from any credible source that Iowa
    will be suspending 20 players because of drug testing. Where is it reported that a laptop from DJK’s had a “customer list”? I would love to see the reports that “the majority of offensive starters failed drug test”. Who are your inside
    sources? Twitter? This website is a fucking joke. Right up there with
    bleacher report.

  3. paulmbanks says:

    Ok I’ll come heckle you at your job. If you actually have one.

    oh wait, see I have a life, and a whole lot to do. Those are concepts you are likely unfamiliar with

  4. Wow the Iowa press conference pretty much just verified that everything you “reported” is incorrect. I guess your “inside sources” (twitter) had some mis info. How about next time you write an article like this you decide to get some facts.

    Let me know when you win a Pulitzer genius. I won’t hold my breath. You’re welcome for the traffic.

  5. Your an absolute idiot whoever wrote this article and u deserved to be heckled about how shotty and incorrect it is… im dissapointed a website would let you put this article on there its like the national enquirer of sports.

  6. That’s actually NOT true. The press conference verified….nothing. Except that no further starters will be suspended.

    Interestingly, per Iowa’s athletic department, the policy at Iowa is not a mandatory suspension for a first offense. So…really…why would they even tell us that someone violated it? What could the University and the athletic department POSSIBLY have to gain by doing so? It’s hard to say.

    Also, Gary Barta today DID admit that there were discrepencies on the drug tests, that it looked like the players found a way to either game the system or get around the tests completely. They admitted this. So it would seem that the athletic department and coaching staff expected some positive tests and didn’t get them.

    I find that particular point to be especially interesting. Because if you take Barta’s comment that he believed that players got around the tests…the next logical question is, HOW DID HE KNOW? It sounds like, to me, a tacit admission that Barta, or someone affiliated with the program, knows who is and isn’t getting high. And if that’s the case…hmmm….

  7. paulmbanks says:


    you shoulkd probably take the time to spell “you” and actually learn the difference between “your” and “you’re” before criticizing one’s writing ability.

    just a hint

  8. paulmbanks says:


    apparently you seem to believe any typical press conference cliche and mollifying statement spewed by an authority figure is the absolute truth.

    reading your comment today, did you even listen to the presser or look at the transcript?? how clueless are you?

  9. Don Baderndoin says:

    Do Fulbright scholars often defend stories by saying “wow you are a fucking retard”?

    I am just curious, as I am not a Fulbright scholar nor an Illinois graduate and thus probably not qualified to hang with you.

  10. again I didn’t write this piece…so if you want bash me, fine. but maybe your critique should be directed elsewhere

  11. but again if you want to assault my credibility, then please be my guest….

  12. Don Baderndoin says:

    Didn’t critique the piece, Paul. Critiqued your inappropriate comment above.

  13. paulmbanks says:

    I’ve gotten so many hate comments and hate mail from you Iowa people today, I don’t have the time to individually respond to them.

    So I’ll just say this: as a Chicagoan, as someone who covers Northwestern regularly, with friends and family within the NU community- GO CATS!

    Everytime the purple and white crush your dreams it makes me smile and laugh

  14. http://msn.foxsports.com/collegebasketball/team/iowa-hawkeyes-basketball/71642

    Notice two of the five links in the midst of the page. Fox Sports stands behind our content.

    And I think their opinion is slightly more important than yours……

  15. Don Baderndoin says:

    Their opinion? It’s an automated feed from YardBarker. No human at FoxSports.com reviews these. Same story at Yahoo Sports.

    Is Fox Sports aware of your foul responses to anyone who disagrees with you? Seems a bit career-limiting to me, as I don’t see that from their first-tier writers.

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