A few weeks ago, when it was announced that star players Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Adam Robinson would not be playing for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Insight Bowl, it seemed a certainty that the team was doomed against the No. 12 Missouri Tigers. Well drug charges and academic violations be damned, because the Hawkeyes won and captured the hearts of millions of people. Or not. Just thought it might make the story better.
Led by backup running back Marcus Coker’s 33 carries for a school bowl record 219 yards, the Hawkeyes got ahead early and had Mizzou flustered most of the game, ultimately costing me my 35-point Bowl Mania pick. Missouri took a 24-20 lead in the 4th and seemed to have the Iowa defense on the ropes as the Tigers marched, but then QB Blaine Gabbert threw an interception that can only be described as Chad Henne-esque to Micah Hyde, who returned it 72 yards for the go-ahead TD, and the rest was history. Mainly because I switched to liquor.
Koulianos, of course, was arrested on four misdemeanor drug charges and he admitted to smoking marijuana and using cocaine after he tested positive for both, and it was a given that Iowa’s all-time leading receiver was never going to play for the Hawkeyes again. Robinson, on the other hand, was suspended for academic reasons and was expected to return to the team next season. But the team’s leading rusher this season apparently decided to go a different direction on Monday night. Robinson was arrested in Des Moines for possession of Marijuana. Mary Jane. Reefer. I blame Ashton Kutcher for everything.