Here's the official news release from the University of Iowa regarding the status of two of its running backs:
Sophomore running back Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the University of Iowa. And, sophomore running back Adam Robinson will not be part of the Hawkeye team that makes the trip to Arizona for the Insight Bowl. The announcement was made today by Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz.
“Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the team and plans to transfer to another school to complete his degree and finish his career. We wish him the best of success in the future,” said Ferentz.
“While Adam has been cleared medically, he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies. Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January.”
Hampton, a 5-9, 210-pounder from Indianapolis, IN, has been plagued by injury problems during his three years at Iowa. He has rushed for 577 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a Hawkeye. He was injured in the Arizona game earlier this season and was lost for the season following surgery.
Robinson, a 5-9, 205-pound back from Des Moines, IA, led the team in rushing with 941 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
As mentioned before, Hampton announced his departure from the football team on Facebook yesterday, but Robinson's violation of team rules is a new development. This leaves Iowa with only true freshman Marcus Coker and sophomore fullback Brad Rogers as running backs who have carried the ball more than 10 times on the season for the Hawkeyes (walk-on running back Paki O'Meara has 10 carries, but they've all come in garbage time; if he touches the ball for Iowa in the Insight Bowl, that game is effectively over).A Kirk Ferentz press conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Central to address any questions about the announcement.