On Sunday, quarterback Deuce Hogan announced he was transferring from Iowa after two seasons with the program. He entered the transfer portal on Nov. 30, though.
"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I will be transferring from the University of Iowa," he wrote. "Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I believe that it is in my best interest to explore new opportunities. I'm forever grateful for this chapter of my life and specifically grateful for my teammates.
"I have built relationships that will last a lifetime and I am beyond grateful to have met the men on this team," he continued. "To all the Hawkeye fans ... ya'll are truly unbelievable and it breaks my heart that I did not get to play for you."
He finished the note by adding his recruitment is "100% open." Hogan redshirted in 2020 without getting a single snap and did not appear in a game in 2021 either. Despite not appearing in a single game, there may be another reason why Hogan left the Hawkeyes.
In a Facebook post, Hogan's mother, Amy, wrote that her son is leaving the program because of a joke made by coach Kirk Ferentz during a press conference.
"Deuce did not leave Iowa because of playing time... The head coach slandered him in a press conference," she wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. "Very out of character for the coach... he was trying to be funny... unfortunately, there was no backtracking on his mistake. He has since apologized to Deuce, the team, and the media. But Deuce cannot play for him... and everyone in the facility understands why."
She is referring to a November press conference when Ferentz was speaking on how both his starting quarterback and backup had the flu one particular week. He was asked who would start if neither could play the next game.
"If it was Deuce, with all due respect to Deuce, I might've stayed in Iowa City," he said after the away game, per The Gazette's John Steppe.
The press conference was directly after Iowa's 28–21 win over Nebraska. The following week, the Hawkeyes lost to the Wolverines in the Big Ten championship 42–3 where Spencer Petras and Alex Padilla combined for 176 passing yards and one interception on 37 passing attempts.
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