Ex-Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos to release tell-all book about Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

Submitted by Dilla Dude on December 18th, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Former Iowa star receiver Derell Johnson-Koulianos took to twitter the other night to rant against his former coach, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.

As most of you may remember, DJK was arrested and charged with several drug-related crimes in December of his senior season, leading to a suspension for his team’s bowl game. 

Link: http://network.yardbarker.com/college_football/article_external/derrell_johnson_koulianos_went_on_an_absolute_tirade_about_iowa_coach_kirk_ferentz_on_twitter/15337333?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


While the result of the arrest eventually became a simple marijuana possession guilty plea, DJK was never able to find work in the NFL, despite having the physical talents necessary.

Many have theorized that his former coach, Kirk Ferentz, may have “blackballed” himfrom the NFL due to a strained relationship between the two. Whether or not it’s true, the former wide receiver is soon going to release a tell-all book that, we’re guessing, is going to be a scathing account of what he claims goes on behinds closed doors at Iowa. Ahead of its release, DJK went OFF today on Twitter.



What do you guys think? Is DJK just another spurned player out for revenge and a big pay day? Or could there be some smoke to this fire? Would be HUGE news if true. The book is reportedly due out next summer.

DJK posts several tweets regarding the matter, all of them can be found in the linked article. I chose a few to post here:


Would u like it if u slaved for someone 4 5 yrs then when you arrived @ adversity they abandon you & tell potential employers not 2 hire u?

— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013

I knew after my first conversation with KF at Iowa it wasn't. Going to be a good relationship.

— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013

The money, the drugs the dictatorship of a program. All of it will be in the book.

— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013

Put me in a room anytime anywhere w| KF and let's him deny anything I have to say. Sum1 make it happen. His recruits will hear about it all.

— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013

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."

— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013

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.

— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013



December 18th, 2013 at 1:05 PM ^

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"

PB-J Time

December 18th, 2013 at 2:18 PM ^

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.


December 18th, 2013 at 4:18 PM ^

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.


December 18th, 2013 at 1:08 PM ^

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.

turd ferguson

December 18th, 2013 at 1:17 PM ^

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.

Blue Mike

December 18th, 2013 at 1:32 PM ^

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.  


December 18th, 2013 at 1:09 PM ^

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. 

Naked Bootlegger

December 18th, 2013 at 1:11 PM ^

"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?


December 18th, 2013 at 1:14 PM ^

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. 


December 18th, 2013 at 1:14 PM ^

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.


December 18th, 2013 at 1:14 PM ^

"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.


December 18th, 2013 at 1:26 PM ^

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.


December 18th, 2013 at 1:16 PM ^

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.


December 18th, 2013 at 1:17 PM ^

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.


December 18th, 2013 at 1:29 PM ^

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?

Space Coyote

December 18th, 2013 at 1:33 PM ^

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

Sac Fly

December 18th, 2013 at 1:31 PM ^

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.