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Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:57 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 6:58 pm

Iowa: Robinson suspended, Hampton transferring

Posted by Adam Jacobi

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.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:13 pm

Iowa set to lose another running back?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Iowa backfield looks to be lighter in the 2011 season, as Brandon Wegher may not be the only tailback leaving the Hawkeyes.

Wegher, as we reported Saturday, was granted a release from his scholarship per his request. There's no word on where Wegher's headed, but he's already pretty close to home; Wegher is a native of Dakota Dunes, SD, and attended high school in nearby Sioux City, IA. Nebraska 's closer, and the Cornhuskers were finalists for Wegher's services out of high school. Wegher did sit the 2010 season out, though, and he may not want to spend another season away from the field for transferring to another FBS school (Wegher wasn't enrolled at whichever school he ends up at during his leave of absence, so it doesn't count towards the 12 months of ineligibility he faces). He may end up at South Dakota or South Dakota State if he'd rather get back to playing ball while closer to home.

Then there's sophomore Jewel Hampton , who posted that he's a "former Hawkeye" on his Facebook status last night, and the advice he receives from a teammate right off the bat doesn't exactly look promising in light of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos' arrest on drug charges last week:

Hampton's status has yet to be officially addressed by the school, but that may change in a matter of minutes, as a press release is expected from Iowa later this afternoon. There are unconfirmed rumors of drug testing playing a role in Hampton's departure from the team, but at this point, those are staying rumors. He could just be homesick or otherwise frustrated with his time at Iowa, seeing as how he's torn an ACL twice in as many years at Iowa. Harmless change of scenery? Perhaps.

As for fellow running back Adam Robinson and his "LIVE IT UP" exhortation, well, giving unproductive advice isn't in and of itself a dismissable offense, so we'll have to wait and see if there's any change in his status.

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