Marcus Coker Leaves Iowa Hawkeyes After Assault Investigation

Marcus Coker has left the Iowa Hawkeyes, the university confirmed Tuesday. His departure follows a suspension from the Insight Bowl for an unspecified violation of the team's code of conduct. For more, visit Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants.

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Marcus Coker Leaves Iowa After Assault Investigation

We'd known Iowa Hawkeyes running back Marcus Coker was suspended from the team's Insight Bowl appearance last month. We'd also known he was granted a release from the program earlier this week. Now it appears to some that an Oct. 28 assault accusation may be related, though it's important to note Coker was never charged with a crime after the police investigation.

From a KCRG-TV report, which notes Coker had already registered for next semester's classes at Iowa before he and the program parted ways:

According to an Iowa City Police Department incident report from Oct. 28, 2011, a woman reported to police that she was the victim of an assault at Coker's residence, 618 Iowa Ave. The alleged assault took place sometime between 1:15-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.

For Iowa, it means yet another year in which the school loses its top running back and continues a long run of attrition in general. In 2011, Coker gained 1,541 yards from scrimmage.

For more on the Hawkeyes, visit Iowa blog Black Heart, Gold Pants.

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Marcus Coker Granted Release From Iowa

After being suspended for the Insight Bowl, The University of Iowa reported Tuesday that RB Marcus Coker asked for and was given a release from his football scholarship.

The specific reasons for the release were not given.

Coker ran for 1,384 yards during his sophomore season, which was the fourth-best total in Iowa Hawkeyes history. It also ranked second in the Big Ten and had many thinking Coker was on his way to legendary status with the program. He also scored 15 touchdowns.

Coker was suspended from the Insight Bowl after violating the team's code of conduct policy.

He's also the latest in a long line of Iowa running backs who leave the program under dubious terms. Three running backs that were on the roster before him left via transfer or arrests.

Coker's departure comes on the heels of last week's announcement that freshman Mika'il McCall would transfer.

For more on the Hawkeyes, visit Black Heart, Gold Pants.

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Marcus Coker Suspended By Iowa For Insight Bowl

The Iowa Hawkeyes have suspended sophomore running back Marcus Coker for their Insight Bowl matchup against the No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners. Coker, who led the Hawkeyes in rushing this year with 1,384 yards to go along with 15 touchdowns, violated the team's code of conduct policy, according to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who wouldn't elaborate on the infraction beyond that.

From the AP:

"It is unfortunate that Marcus Coker will not be with the team for our bowl game. During the next 10 days, we will focus and continue to prepare the players that are able to participate," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement.

The Hawkeyes (7-5) already had their work cut out for them against the Sooners (9-3) who were the preseason's top-ranked team. Their game is predicated on controlling the ball and Coker was the lone back tasked with that responsibility. No other Hawkeye runner even had 100 yards rushing on the season.

For more on the Hawkeyes, visit Black Heart, Gold Pants. For everything Sooners, head over to Crimson and Cream Machine.

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