Seems more like a bitter ex-player than anything else. They run a pretty quiet program over there so it's likely anything he releases is either going to be overblown or just ho-hum like "Kirk Ferentz never wrote me a letter of recommendation!!!11"
Ex-Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos to release tell-all book about Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
Jackass in the locker room who needed someone to keep him in line, but Puntosaur was not up to the task. This came on a back of a number of arrests in the program including his own son, James the center, being drunk in public.
Remember that time a few years ago when all those Iowa guys were pissing blood from "dehydration?"
That should be a fun chapter...
or was it...
So Johnson-Koulianos is going to unleash the bombshell that Kirk Ferentz had instituted a culture of CrossFit at Iowa?
I suspect it was the kipping pull-ups...
in 20 minutes ran 2.5 miles and did 97 pullups. arms tightened and didn't loosen at all for four days. finally went to the doctor and my cpk was 89,000.
has taken me close to a year to regain all that dead muscle.
This is what interests me. The fact that KF allowed this to go on and then had a soft response when multiple players of his were hospitalized for rhambdo (as noted above a very serious medical condition/more than simple dehydration) makes me wonder if this isn't more than just sour grapes. Don't get me wrong, some of it is absolutely sour grapes, but I wonder if KF has a sinister side.
That was it's own special circus a year after conditioning was an issue. That workout was a message to the players that backfired. The most amazing part was that the SC coach not only was not reprimanded, but he got a special award for most valuable assistant. LOL! Amazing what a large buyout can do for a guy.
Did anything ever come of that walk-on wr's rant against Jerry Kill last year?
No, and Kill's surge of success this season has earned him some goodwill.
Sounds bitter to me. That doesn't necessarily mean that everything he has to say is hogwash--just look at whacko Jose Canseco, whose arrogance and attention-seeking nonetheless turned Baseball upside down. But I find it very hard to believe that the coaches could keep him completely out of the NFL without real reasoning behind it. Just to use one example, it's not like New England doesn't take the occasional challenge situation and it's not like they couldn't use a receiver right now.
It's one thing to rant about a coach and be bitter, but he is writing a book. Although the twitter quotes seem like he is a bitter ex-player.
Some team will let you play in the NFL
Pac-Man Jones, Richie Incognito, and Ray Lewis agree with this statement.
I agree, but those guys are all clearly talented enough to have an NFL roster spot. You can accept some risk for a guy who you think will be really productive. If Johnson-Koulianos is talented enough to find a spot toward the bottom of the roster but probably wouldnt' be a major contributor - even with a good work ethic and no character worries - then it might make sense to shy away.
Didn't all of those guys get in trouble after they made it into the League? It's a bit harder to get into trouble before you're established and have someone give you a chance. Especially now with those guys (and Aaron Hernandez) as examples, teams are super-cautious about anyone with character red flags.
Lewis wasn't a choirboy at Miami, and Incognito was kicked out of Nebraska and Oregon.
Don't forget about Charles Rogers. His problems went all the way back to highschool.
Felt bad for Rogers. After the first collarbone injury he stayed on the straight and narrow. Had a great rehab and looked fabulous in camp. Then the 2nd collarbone break and everything fell apart.
Ferentz has been there for a decade and this is the only complaint from a former player that I can recall. Seems like this may be more about a kid who is deflecting responsibility for his lot in life rather than a horrible person/Coach causing all of his troubles.
That's what I was thinking. If Ferentz is really so bad, surely some other former players would come out on DJK's side right? They still could obviously.
Sounds like a Tom Cruise movie from the 80's, All The Right Moves.
"Kirk Ferentz Tell All" just doesn't seem like a compelling story. I never thought I would see that 4 word combination used. Who knew there was so much mystery and intrigue on the banks of the Iowa River?
Working Title: "The most uninteresting man in the World"
The Gazette (Iowa City) also ran an article about this situation (HERE). With regards to where Johnson-Koulianos is at with this book:
"Contacted by The Gazette, Johnson-Koulianos said he has a contract offer for a book. He wouldn’t say who was writing or publishing the book. He said he’s weighing exposing teammates in the book and hasn’t signed the contract."
The comments under the article are generally not kind, of course.
University of Iowa Press?
Kirk F didn't make him do drugs and get arrested. NFL teams don't want to waste a lot of time and money on a player who might cause too much trouble and never see the field. This is the exact opposite of being accountable and handling adversity with class.
at all. (Which makes you fortunate.)
I should have clarified- smart NFL teams...
"Recruits need to consider this about KF before going to Iowa. It's all good when you're converting 3rd downs and touchdowns but don't F up."
Um......what part of that is incorrect? I think that is 100% accurate and ALL coaches should admonish their incoming players with the same advice.
I thought the same thing. I am willing to bet that the weed charge is the straw that broke the camels back and the coaches just gave up on the idea of this guy turning his life around. The coaches have reputations to consider too and this guy seems to think that other people need to paint him as a quality guy as opposed to being a quality guy.
If he knew from the first conversation with Ferentz that it'd be a bad relationship, why did he go to Iowa and stay for four years?
I sort of interpreted that as "I met with him and he reassured me this wouldn't happen."
In any case, not sure I want to read a book if it contains statements at the same level of eloquence as these tweets.
How on earth did you get that from that tweet? I took it exactly as jmblue. I'm not saying your wrong, I just don't understand how you could interpret it that way. I wouldn't mind hearing your reasoning because taken the way I took it, it just doesn't make sense that he'd stick around.
I kind of agree with DJK about the adversity component. If a player is going through a difficult time I am
All for supporting them and getting them the necessary help. But then again if you completely screw over your team and coach with your actions it becomes more difficult to endorse someone to a future employer.
If I go out and get in trouble with the law today, and get fired from work Friday, you can bet I am not going to look to my former employer to vogue for me. Often these behaviors have become a trend and based off that trend you are judged as a repeater.
Tough situation but the coach has no obligation to stand up for you if you never listened/changed behavior. Tough lesson to learn but a lesson none the less.
Glad in similar instances Hoke has been supportive yet firm with expectations. If you are willing to work for it a second chance is available.
I guess the question I would ask is why does he not have his own pro day at his HS? Or just try to get an invite to the combine. E could even look to try out with a Canadian or arena team. They all seem
Like viable options to continue a career in football.
Per Wikipedia, he's been cut from teams in both. Apparently Kirk Ferentz's reach extends to all FL's, be they N, C, or A.
I would have put a picture of Johnson-Koulianos (with this shirt on), instead of this guy.
I'd be 1000 times more interested in reading a book about how those Iowa players stole all those hats. That's got the makings of a classic heist novel.
This should sell about 17 copies.
That poop could have been ice cream, ya know, earlier in it's cycle.
If, in the run-up to the most important event in my company's fiscal year, I got myself busted on numerous drug-related charges and wasn't able to contribute, I would NOT expect glowing recommendations from my employer.
Whatever bad things there might be to say about Ferentz and Iowa football, "no one at Iowa would say anything good about me" is at the bottom of the list. What the hell did he expect?
Sounds like KF didn't abandon him right away. In fact other player have had trouble at Iowa and been drafted. So this sounds inconsistent with that. Also, the NFL career of other Iowa players heavily depend on KF being trusted by NFL people. If you're a trusted supplier and you tell your buyer you have a great product by all accounts and then it fails, suddenly your good products aren't trusted either and you lost buyers.
Besides that, if no one is saying nice things, people that look better to recruits by having you drafted, then that's probably a problem with you. This sounds exactly like a bitter player that wanted a letter of rec when he didn't deserve one and now wants a pay day because he doesn't want to take personal responsibility. I have a feeling if he shows this type of behavior, takes no accountability himself, gets in trouble multiple times at important times, doesn't appear to learn from mistakes, generally lets down his team, then I probably wouldn't have great things to recommend of him.
I'm also of the belief that unless it's outside the norm completely that these things don't belong in public. Somethings remain in house or in family. Unless it's outside yhe norm this dounds like that kind of case
This guy is out of his mind if he thinks Ferentz ruined his NFL chances. The guy was a late round round pick to begin with.
That was before he got raided by the police and arrested for selling coke and prescription pills out of his house. Then he failed a drug test for coke.
Sounds about as exciting as a John Beilein tell-all.
You don't want to know what sort of subs made the infamous birthday party for his son crazy?
No mention of this in his book?
Glad someone else remembers that too.
He should take ownership of his own actions. Stop blaming other people for your probems in life and move on. Christ.
NO RELIGION! SOMEONE BAN THIS CLOWN! GET OUTTA HERE YOU BOZO!
I've been asked to serve as a reference for people plenty of times for potential employers, and (without knowing any of the facts in this case) it sounds like a situation where I would sympathize with KF. In the big picture, you only hurt your own credibility and the others you give recommendations for by being less than truthful about someone. This is especially true in KF's case, where he is always serving as a reference with respect to the same potential employer.
There's no substance in those tweets. "I hate this guy." Okay. I can't wait to read about it in your book!!!
If you can play, they will find a place for you. I don't think I buy the "if it weren't for him, I would be in the NFL" excuse.
I don't know about you, but I would like to read about behind the scenes conversations of running a zone stretch for 5 yards on 3rd and 10 from the opponent's 40, and then punting into the endzone.
You sir, have won the interwebz.
Shouldn't there be two tight ends in that diagram?
Usually you would be correct. I think this is a 4th and 25 during a two-minute drill to tie the game.
You know, spread things out. Take an extra defender out of the box.
Well done sir, laughed aloud at my computer when I saw this post.
So rivating, yet so simple...even a Buckeye lineman could read it, well, that is if he doesn't try to eat the book's binding first...
My guess is, the publisher pulls the plug on this and he ends up making no money whatsoever.
I thought only ex-Michigan players treated their programs/coaches this way. Refreshing!
And it sucks he's actually a decent NFL player now. BOO! HISS!!!
Last I checked he was on Baltimore's practice squad, then cut, and placed on IR by the Broncos. Are you thinking of Alex Boone?
Certainly sounds like sour grapes.
Who the heck is going to publish this book?
I would make a popcorn reference, but I'm so worn out from the soul-crushing experience of being a Michigan fan in 2013 that I really just don't give a shit right now.
There is one Head Coach responsible for around 100 players. Exactly who does Johnson think is supposed to run the program?
The only "credit" I will give Johnson is that it would be extremely entertaining if he did a book and it sold well enough to convince a few disgruntled ex-players from Columbus to describe the cheating there in detail.
LOL at the idea that the guy is in line for a "big pay day." Who do you think has more of an incentive to lie: D J-K because he is "bitter"? Or Iowa and Ferentz to protect their multi-million dollar position, and largest revenue generating enterprise, respectively? It is a text-book PR move to paint a whistle-blower as someone who is "bitter," and has an "axe to grind."
Without knowing the quality of the information here it is hard to judge, but at the very least I say have an open mind.
if hes talented the lions should take a shot, i mean shit, they had titus young, and that world smoking blunts champion charles rodgers
So you expect Kirk to give the NFL teams that were looking at you a good review about you when you were arrested on multiple drug charges? How is that any different than an employer calling a former professor someone used as a reference and said professor tells the truth about the student, ''Oh yeah he came into class blazed off his ass every day.''
People associated with NFL teams are trying to keep their jobs like anyone else. Anyone who has the talent to contribute on the field will get a look regardless of what Kirk has to say.
Sounds like this guy fucked up, got punished for it, just assumed he would be in the NFL, and is now scared that nobody called him and he has to do something with his life.
I knew after my first conversation with him that I didn't like him, so that's why I committed to play for him.
it seems this guy doesnt understand the difference between adversity and stupidity. Multiple drug charges falls under the latter category. It also tends to hurt your credibility.
Say what you will about Kirk, but just remember that he sent his daughter to Michigan to get an education. I had her in my class as a GSI, and she was an excellent student, who always took responsibility for herself and never made an excuse. I gained a lot of respect for Kirk after getting to know his kid.
Should be a quick read. I'm guessing a half of page of intrigue and 30 pages of corn for coloring. It's on my Christmas list now. I like to color.
Must be e-published...
While we can be amused by some of this stuff: ex-player threatening to "expose" his former HC, the story is actually very sad. DJK was abandonned as a little kid and taken in by the Koulianos family and it just broke their hearts. Could he have been a great pro? Physically he had the right build and was the all time receiver record holder at Iowa. Somewhere along the way he didn't learn the right lessons or was seduced by the wrong ones. Here is reference piece from the Iowan - local paper: http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/12/10/Sports/20467.html.
It is just plain hard for anyone to be a successful pro player - the numbers are just against any player coming out and each year there is new crop of very good players trying to get a job. The pro leagues are largely about performance - if he was a solid WR and could play special teams, he might have found a niche somewhere - if not as a number 2 WR then as the 3rd or 4th option with the modern NFL's emphasis on passing. if you can play a lot is forgiven (look at Lawrence Taylor when the Giants were run by Parsell and Belichik - hardly soft hearted bleeding hearts who forgave some amazing stuff which LT admits to in his autobiography) but if you are marginal you'd better be a "good guy" (don't miss assignments, always on time, never a trouble maker, never a source of leaks or dissension) - not that much different than the real world of work actually! He may not have figured out that each level up the competition is fiercer - there were no doubt people willing to give him a look but he had to have both the physical performance, mental performance (most teams expect the WR to also read and adjust routes) and be a" good pro" (stay out of trouble and not be a troublemaker or jerk).
Sign of the times - in the past he would have disappeared but today with the Internet, he hosts his own podcast (according to Wikipedia) on Iowa football.
If memory serves, the cops said they found more than some weed in the guy's apartment. They said they found other drugs, plus scales and so forth. Now maybe that turned out to be false, or maybe the stuff belonged to a roommate. Otherwise, though, it could just be that the weed charge was the result of a plea agreement. I'd be interested to know whether he was just a kid with weed or a drug dealer. Goes to his credibility in terms of the coaches.
About the story.
I just have a hard time with, say, Bellichick saying "well son, we really need you and you have all the skills, but Kirk Ferentz suggested I not hire you so sorry.
I hope the guy can turn it around.
No proof there ever going to be a book. But the link has many more tweets, a number of which don't blame KF and take perssonal ownership of lacking the desire to make it as pro. OP defintely cherry picked the worst ones.
on Ferentz? I'll buy that book. love some mud slinging.
...in Kirk Ferentz's Big Ten Coach of the Year Awards for 2014, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
I just hope he gets a good co-author/editor so that it's readable.