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Running back Akrum Wadley says he was mistreated and belittled because of his weight — and now regrets playing for ...


Wadley's statement, posted on Facebook, mentioned coach Kirk Ferentz, his son, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, director of player development Broderick Binns and Chris Doyle, the former strength and conditioning coach for the Hawkeyes.


Iowa running back Akrum Wadley evades Northwestern linebacker Anthony Walker for a touchdown on Oct. 17, 2015.


Wadley, a New Jersey native, piled up a combined 3,633 yards rushing and receiving and scored 35 touchdowns for Iowa from 2014-17.


A statement issued Monday to the Des Moines Register said Kirk Ferentz would not comment publicly.


"Coach Ferentz believes that meaningful change takes time and a thorough independent examination is already underway," the statement said.


Ferentz is Iowa’s career wins leader and enters his 22nd season as the longest-tenured coach of a Bowl Subdivision program.






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