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Hospitalized Hawkeyes all pass drug tests

Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:08 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the rhabdomyolysis that thirteen Iowa Hawkeyes are currently hospitalized is commonly caused by extreme physical exertion, drug use can lead to the condition as well. Drugs like cocaine and amphetamines can bring on the kidney ailment, which is why the doctors at the Iowa Hospitals and Clinics felt it prudent to test each of the thirteen players for drug use.

According to a report by The Sporting News, all those tests have come back negative. Though just because the players all tested clean for illegal drugs, that does not rule out that supplements may have played a part in all of this. Either way, considering the problems that have occurred at Iowa involving football players and drugs in recent months, at least this is one less thing for the school to worry about.

One thing that Iowa, specifically head coach Kirk Ferentz, should worry about are the parents of the players in the hospital. According to the report, when Ferentz returned to Iowa City on Wednesday night, he met with the players' parents before meeting with the players, and those parents gave him an earful. Seems they didn't appreciate Ferentz taking so long to return from a recruiting trip after finding out about his players and their children.

“Kirk took a lot of (stuff),” a source told The Sporting News. “But he stood there and took it all. He’s been incredibly remorseful about the whole thing.”

Ferentz was expected to meet with his players again on Thursday night, as all thirteen are expected to spend at least one more night in the hospital.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:39 pm

Hospitalized Hawkeyes all pass drug tests

I don't get the part of the article about mentioning supplements.  Are they illegal or something? 

Why does Ferentz have to stand up to their parents?  They are all 18 and some of them are probably 21 or older.  They are grown men and make their own decisions.  Maybe I'm old fashioned, but when people turn 18 they are responsible for themselves.  College is when a person starts making their own decisions and takes responsibility.  I guess this is the generation known for moving back home with mommy and daddy after college so maybe they aren't mature enough to make their own decisions. 

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:06 pm

Hospitalized Hawkeyes all pass drug tests

Why do these parents want Kirk Ferentz back so quickly? Was he off obtaining his medical degree and is now able to assist in treatment?

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:58 pm

Hospitalized Hawkeyes all pass drug tests

I asked 12 physicians at work what they thought of this story. every one said if it was one guy then maybe it was rhabdomyolisis  but 13 people no way in hell does this happen!! There had to be something going on. It is way too suspicious.... supplements or hormones for sure!!!!

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