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.