Derrell Johnson-Koulianos’ attention-grabbing tweets inspired another former Hawkeye football star to speak out via social media.
Former Iowa offensive lineman Dace Richardson defended Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz in a Facebook post Wednesday that responded to Johnson-Koulianos’ Tuesday Twitter tirade.
In announcing he would be writing a tell-all book about his experience during his days on the Iowa campus from 2006 to 2010, Johnson-Koulianos took multiple swipes at the 15th-year Hawkeye head coach.
Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa’s all-time receptions leader, had a tumultuous stretch at Iowa. He had 2,616 yards receiving and 1,575 on kickoff returns with 19 touchdowns during a college career that ended abruptly in December 2010, following an arrest on drug-related charges. He was never invited to an NFL camp.
In one Twitter post Tuesday, he said, “At least 10 NFL teams said to me, ‘We understand you made a mistake but my concern is no one at Iowa had anything good to say about you.’”
Here was Wednesday’s take from Richardson, who played with Koulianos and was a first-team all-Big Ten lineman in 2009 in his final season with the Hawkeyes:
“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 a great program because of the leader that runs that ship…… go hawks.”
Former Hawkeye tight end Tony Moaeki took a subtle jab at Johnson-Koulianos on Tuesday night, tweeting: “Former Iowa teammates include multiple NFL players, wwe wrestler, an actor, some medical sale reps, teachers and now an author of fiction.”
“I’m well calculated and I wouldn’t make these accusations without heavy evidence to support,” Johnson-Koulianos tweeted, while also posting messages of support from former Hawkeyes Amari Spievey and Jeremiha Hunter. “Of course there will be some guys coming to KF’s defense. He did good by 100s of players no question. Just not me and many others.”
Johnson-Koulianos had a brief exchange Tuesday with the Des Moines Register. He did not grant an interview request and did not name a book publisher.
The University of Iowa has said it would have no immediate response to Johnson-Koulianos’ claims.
When asked about Johnson-Koulianos’ potential NFL career, Ferentz said in September 2011 that pro interest waned in the receiver, even before his arrest.
“When people ask me questions I answer them,” Ferentz said then. “And nobody has asked me a question about Derrell, very few in the fall and none since the end of November.”
Former Iowa teammates include multiple NFL players, wwe wrestler, an actor, some medical sale reps, teachers and now an author of fiction— Tony Moeaki (@TonyMoeaki81) December 18, 2013
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