What's up with the rotating carousel that is the Iowa Hawkeye backfield.
Chalk Marcus Coker up as another second year back cast into the world of football obscurity.
First Brandon Wegher shows up and amazes his freshman year, proving he's the real deal and stepping up big in a nationally televised bowl game.
Then some personal off-season missteps and he's gone. After a couple of other big schools - including Oklahoma - take a gander at the whole package - he's cast into the abyss, relegated to junior college football. Then we find he has grade issues and can't even compete at that level.
Talk about a waste of talent.
Then Adam Robinson emerges, and like Wegher demonstrates some great talent, showcases himself on a bowl stage, and then essentially disappears.
Jewel Hampton you say? MIA.
Following the trend, Coker leads the Hawkeyes throughout the 2011 campaign, running wild against defenses, proving that he is indeed the rightful heir to the Iowa backfield crown.
Then murmuring about a possible sexual assault - for which he was never charged - and he's out of the lineup for the Hawks. No Insight Bowl for Mr. Coker. Disciplinary issues they say.
Now he's out of the program.
After rushing for 1,384 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns last season, he's taking his talents to Stony Brook University.
An FCS school in New York. Coker will go from being a Hawkeye to part of the Seawolves.
Does anybody know what a Seawolf is?
This all begs the question: Is the Hawkeye backfield cursed.
Yes, cursed by self-indulgence and a lack of discipline.
These student-athletes are given a great opportunity, to continue playing the sport they love, and receive an education at a very discounted price. The chances of most of them playing behind college is very low, so the education they receive in exchange for their football schools is extremely valuable.
And yet they find ways to screw it up. Instead of demonstrating a little discipline, they throw it all away.
Though I'm picking on Iowa, it is far from the only program guilty of such poor behavior from its players. I'm beginning to wonder if college players aren't going to have to start taking advantage of work release programs in order to attend their games.
It's a sad state of affairs and it doesn't look like there's any end in sight.
My point, don't get too attached to the next great Hawkeye running back, he's only destined to be here a year or so.