As if Iowa football fans hadn’t endured enough in the past few weeks.
Three straight losses to finish the regular season. The stunning arrest and suspension of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. The not-so-stunning official close of Brandon Wegher’s career.
Now the university has said that the program’s two most experienced running backs are gone, one permanently one for at least the Dec. 28 Insight Bowl. Sophomore running back Jewel Hampton is leaving the Iowa program to transfer to another school and sophomore Adam Robinson, who rushed for 941 yards this season, has been suspended from the team for the bowl.
Hampton, who has had surgery on both knees in the past 18 months but was expected to return at full strength next season, had hinted that this was coming with a series of posts on his Facebook page in the past several days. Last Wednesday, he wrote “NOBODY IS SAFE!!!!!!!” On Friday, he wrote “FAREWELL.’’ At about 9 p.m. Sunday, he wrote “Former Hawk-eye!!! wats next????’’
Several people, including Robinson and defensive end Lebron Daniel, commented on the post. Robinson wrote “hmm…. first and for most… LIVE IT UP!”