The Insight Bowl has a strong tradition in Arizona, dating back to 1989. This year's match-up features the Iowa Hawkeyes versus the Missouri Tigers in a battle of college football "names" that rivals the Fiesta Bowl who got stuck with UConn vs. Oklahoma. Unfortunately for college football and Iowa Hawkeye fans, the Black and Gold will be coming to town without two of their key players. Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and running back Adam Robinson were both suspended for being very naughty boys.
Johnson-Koulianos has reportedly been suspended from team activities following a drug-related arrest Tuesday in which reportedly was running a drug house. According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen and The Des Moines Register, Johnson- Koulianos' residence was found to contain marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs. Johnson-Koulianos apparently admitted to using drugs.
The report states that Johnson-Koulianos has been charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and keeping a drug house. If he is convicted on each count, Johnson-Koulianos could face up to eight years in prison.
Head coach Kirk Ferentz immediately suspended Johnson-Koulianos from all team activities.
The reason for Adam Robinson's suspension is less clear with the team only saying that he failed "to comply with team expectations and policies. Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January." Robinson had missed a game already this year due to academic issues.
Robinson led the team with 941 yards and 10 touchdowns on 203 carries this season. He will be eligible to return to the team once classes begin in the new semester next month.
Hawkeye's blog Black Heart Gold Pants reports that rumors are swirling about additional problems on the Iowa team which could be addressed a press conference being held today.