What's Behind Former Iowa Receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos' Twitter Tirade?

Andrew CoppensContributor IDecember 18, 2013

IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 30: Wide reciver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos #15 of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes runs the ball past defensive end Colin Neely #89 of the Michigan State Spartans during the first half of play at Kinnick Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 37-6 over Michigan State. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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The Twitter rant unleashed Tuesday by former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos against coach Kirk Ferentz seemed odd, if only because of the timing.

Sure, they’d tangled in the past, especially when Ferentz kicked Johnson-Koulianos off the team in 2010 following a drug arrest. But the two hadn’t had contact since the receiver entered the NFL draft in 2011, and nothing new had come to the surface.

Now, it makes sense: a book deal.

Johnson-Koulianos reportedly is shopping a tell-all about Ferentz that could tarnish a 15-year career.

Why now, you ask? Is this just about a scorned player who can’t get over feeling slighted?

After all, he told Sean Keeler of the Des Moines Register that Ferentz was an "amazing man"

It was weird, because we had this perception (out there) that we hated each other and were enemies. I never wanted to do anything more than make that man happy. I wanted to be a coach’s player … whether you believe it or not, every coach has a group of guys that he loves and he favors. And unfortunately, I wasn’t in that group.

So clearly, Johnson-Koulianos won’t be directing his players (yes, he's a high school football coach) to the University of Iowa as long as Ferentz is there.

Some have speculated that the book threats are all about an alleged "black-balling" DJK received from Ferentz and the coaching staff at Iowa when the receiver went through the NFL Draft in the spring of 2011. On Tuesday, Johnson-Koulianos attempted to shoot down those thoughts:  

What this is more likely and simply is hype and a trial balloon for a book deal. Judging by the response on Twitter and in the media, there’s plenty of interest. 

But in taking on Ferentz’s characterby all accounts a solid coach and personit’ll be Johnson-Koulianos’ reputation on the line. If the book fails to delivereven if it doesthe questions will surround DJK.

Why ruin someone’s reputation and at what cost?

Ironically, Johnson-Koulianos could do more damage to his own character than the man he is allegedly trying to hurt.


*Andy Coppens is Bleacher Report's lead writer for the Big Ten. You can follow him on Twitter: @ andycoppens.