At this point, it stretches the definition of “news” to say that Iowa football has lost another running back, even when the running back in question has been the subject of police attentions twice in one week, but here we are: Sophomore De’Andre Johnson, who appeared in four games last season for the Hawkeyes, has been dismissed from the team.
If this latest incident seems to confirm the existence of a malevolent supernatural being that harbors a particular grudge against Iowa running backs, well, that’s because it does. The folks at Black Heart Gold Pants have been tracking the movements of AIRBHG (Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God) for some time. Just look at everybody this team’s lost over the years.
This passage from Cedar Rapids’ KCRG report on Johnson’s dismissal is particularly telling:
Ferentz has said Iowa will use every available running back on the roster. With Johnson’s departure, sophomore Damon Bullock is the last healthy running back on the roster with a carry in a Big Ten game. [...] Iowa also has incoming freshmen Greg Garmon and Barkley Hill. Garmon was arrested and eventually charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in his hometown of Erie, Pa. Ferentz and Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said last week that it is considered strike one in Iowa’s student-athlete code of conduct.
Maybe just move all of Garmon’s stuff into the football training facility for the fall semester. AIRBHG could still find him there, but at least coaches will be alerted early when frogs start raining from the ceiling of his room.