Robinson to miss bowl game, Hampton to transfer
Sophomore running back Jewel Hampton will leave the University of Iowa, and fellow sophomore Adam Robinson will not travel with the rest of the team to the Insight Bowl, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Monday evening.
"Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the team and plans to transfer to another school to complete his degree and finish his career," Ferentz said in a release. "We wish him the best of success in the future."
Hampton, a 5-9, 210-pounder from Indianapolis, Ind., burst onto the scene as a true freshman at Iowa in 2008.
Backing up former running back Shonn Greene, Hampton ran for 463 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He was arrested June 5 and charged with public intoxication and as well as being in a bar after 10 p.m. He later plead guilty to the public intoxication charge on June 7.
Sunday night, Hampton posted a Facebook status that read "Former Hawkeye!!! wats next???" Robinson was the first to comment on Hampton's facebook status: ""hmm…. first and for most… LIVE IT UP!" Robinson's post has since been removed, however.
Robinson — a 5-9, 205-pound back from Des Moines — will not play in the Insight Bowl in Arizona on Dec. 28 after "failing to comply with team expectations and policies," according to a press release.
"While Adam has been cleared medically, he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game," Ferentz said in the release. "Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January."
Robinson led the Iowa rushing attack this season with 941 yards and 10 touchdowns. He missed the Indiana and Minnesota game due to a pair of concussions he suffered in the Michigan State and Ohio State games on Oct. 30 and Nov. 20, respectively. Robinson also didn't start in the game against the Buckeyes because of what described as "academic indigestion" by Ferentz.
Robinson also missed the team's regular-season finale on Nov. 27 at Minnesota due to a concussion.
Iowa will already be without senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, who was dismissed from the team following his arrest on Dec. 7 on seven drug-related charges. The Campbell, Ohio, native is Iowa's all-time leader in both receiving yards and receptions.
Ferentz and UI Athletics Director Gary Barta plan to hold a press conference Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hayden Fry Football Complex to answer questions. No further comment will be made by Iowa officials Monday, according to the press release.
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