A year after the lack of a respectable passing game saw the Iowa Hawkeyes drop out of Big Ten title contention, the school announced that sophomore wide receivers Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman have been suspended indefinitely by the team following an arrest on Sunday.
The two wideouts were arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a credit card, but were later released by authorities on their own recognizance.
Douglas, who led the team in receptions (49) and receiving yards (654), was charged with making more than $2,000 in purchases to credit cards belonging to two other people, Johnson County District Court record said.
The felony charge is punishable by five years in jail and a fine up to $7,500.
In a statement issued Monday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced the two would not participate in any team activities.
"The accusations are serious and, if proven to be true, are
extremely disappointing for everyone associated with the University of
Iowa and our football program," Ferentz said. "As always, we will work with the
appropriate individuals and entities on and off campus as this matter
works its way through the legal system.
"As is often the case in matters of this nature, I am aware
of inconsistencies in what may or may not have taken place. We need to
let the legal process run its course."
Iowa finished a disappointing 6-7 last year, losing in the Alamo Bowl to Texas, and will open the 2007 season Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois in Chicago.
The Associated Press and ESPN college football writer Joe Schad contributed to this report.