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Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:39 am
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

A rhabdomyolysis scare may have briefly hospitalized 13 Iowa players earlier this year, but it has finally claimed its first permanent casualty of sorts. Willie Lowe, a cornerback who played a key reserve role for the Hawkeyes, announced today that he would be seeking a transfer from the school, according to Joe Schad.

"I would like to be able to sit out a year, regain my strength, feel fine and play again," Lowe told ESPN when asked about the prospect of playing football again. "But I don't know. I am still down 20 pounds and I am having headaches every few days."

Even as the 13 players have all been medically cleared to practice, most are still working to fully recover. There's a world of difference between "allowed to start practicing football again" and "back to normal," after all, and Lowe isn't the only player on that Iowa team who's still struggling to regain his pre-rhabdo form. Still, the fact that some players are at full speed already is promising, considering the fact that there's still five months of off-season left. That number of fully recovered players can only go up, after all.

As far as whether this is the last of the rhabdo-related transfers, that remains to be seen. There's little indication that a mass exodus of players is coming, to put it mildly, but the aftermath of the hospitalization and recovery will take months and years to unfold, long after every player has recovered. The longer said recovery takes, after all, the longer that player spends performing at a sub-optimal level -- all while his former backup (if he had one) relishes his new role with the team. At that point, the previously stricken player may decide to transfer just to get a little playing time instead of staying buried on the depth chart. Is that still a rhabdo-related transfer? Perhaps, but if the hypothetical player holds no animosity toward the coaches over the incident, then it's disingenuous to lump him in with Lowe, whose transfer is directly related to his rhabdomyolysis recover. So we'll see how this all shakes out; for now, it just looks as if the Iowa secondary just took a small hit, depth-wise, but that's about it.

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

great post and many hawk fans commented about this after we saw praters side of the story the media MISTOLD!
Let's not forget that starter Shaun Prater addressed the issue last week as he was also one of the 13 affected. Did cbssports.com cover that or mention it here, no.  Why not?  Oh yeah, because it is positive news not negative news.  In addition, at least 2 other players are practicing as first teamers this spring in addition to Prater, but let's not let the facts get in the way of a good story.




Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

Allwangnobrains, I see you have your own koolaid...believing anything that CBS reports.  Believe it or not, there are legitimate news cites that report facts objectively.  And if this were the Auburn felony story, it would have have already been removed from the website. 



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

Sorry about the last post's formatting...thanks CBS



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

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I am sure the Iowa fans will blame Dodd for this.  What a joke!

Bingo!

 

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this BIG story cbs thinks it broke a day late and a dollar short is a desperate attempt at the media trying to keep alive the story/witchhunt. OH SHOULD WE FIRE KF again doddy?
Right on cue

 

 

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No, we don't blame Dodd for this, in fact, Jacobi writes a fair story and has good points.  He is objective and makes sense.  He does actually poke fun of Dodd with his mass exodus comment.

Though some do manage to keep perspective and realize that Dodd and Doyel always write negative articles about everyone. From Iowa to Auburn to Florida to Ohio State etc.

 

 

 




Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

i love that THIS made the main menu headline but the 4 auburn tigers robbing at gunpoint couldnt even last 4 HOURS on quick little pass by click on of football. it wasnt even on cbs's site for half a day but THIS makes the main headline. apparently cbs was little late on this "supposed ...sound the alarms...big happening.


first of all the espn report wasnt even a credible writeup. and now as the story gets out it appears willie lowe might not even transfer. i love that cbs took a day to report this when its now old news and really not much of ANY news now. willie lowe is the ONLY one at this point "possibly" transferring and that has made this public. he is a 3rd or 4th string player  and knew he wouldnt play again since he is a senior. there is more to this than the players health.  if this player was the starting CB, im willing to bet this wouldnt be news worthy as he would be getting himself ready (either with rehabing) or he would be practicing like the other 12 involved. hes buried in the depth chart and he knows he will see no playing time. the other 12 who were involved in this are starters or competing for starting spots. none of them are transferring and most said it wasnt as bad as the media reported. all went to the same hospital and all recieved the same treatment yet only the 4th string guy is "considering" transferring and has lasting effects?  it seems a little questionable to me. im not trying to downplay what happened but this sounds like this would have happened whether he suffered from rhabdo or not. its a very convenient for an excuse.



complain of headaches and quit the program. talk about how much you want to play the game but the symptoms wont allow you to continue??? he had 3 tackles all of last year and 10 over a 3 year period. he would have never seen field. when this guy was on the field he got lit up and why he saw little action. his pursuit of any playing time is not going to be any division 1 school that is good!



and.... this issue isnt as clear cut as schad is making it out to be. willie lowe is now looking at his options and was given his release but he may very well stay at iowa.  this BIG story cbs thinks it broke a day late and a dollar short is a desperate attempt at the media trying to keep alive the story/witchhunt. OH SHOULD WE FIRE KF again doddy?  its OVER. nothing was proven neglicence and sorry to tell these haters at espn and cbs no matter how much they think keeping this story alive its not going to bring down our hawkeye team. in fact i think its motivating them even more. 

 

 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

"Willie Lowe , a cornerback who played a key reserve role for the Hawkeyes"

Apparently 8 tackles in 8 games played is a Key reserve. This sounds like more of a transfer for playing time and not because of Rhabdomyolysis. In the Spring game prospectus He is meantions as "On the other side, sophomore B.J. Lowery (5-11, 185) will back up Hyde. Lowery played as a true freshman and had five tackles in seven games. He’ll be pushed by two-year
letterman and senior William Lowe (5-10, 175), who has 23 career tackles and a pair of
career starts."

He is not even a backup. Like a said, it sounds like a transfer for playing time blown out of porportion because he was one of the 13.



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

UNF - if you think that the workout was not mandatory, you are drinking the Kool Aid.  There are voluntary workouts that are anything but voluntary.  Sure, you might not be repremanded by the coaching staff, but your absence will be noted by the coaches as well as the other players. 



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

 Lowe is struggling to regain his pre-rhabdo form?  So his goal is to reach "pathetic" again when he's healthy.  Good for him.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

The guy sucks and needed a convenient excuse to leave.  The drill wasn't mandatory but he chose to participate.   Now CBS is excited because they can make another front page "bash Iowa" story until they finish their next "fire Tressel" story.  All is right with CBS and their biased little world.  Nothing to see here, move on.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

huachuca - I do agree with you, but I am curious how a 3rd stringer (debatable even) gets ahold of Joe Schad to announce his intentions to leave...

I am certain if I wanted to get ahold of Schad, he wouldn't give me the time of day.  If I mention Iowa and rhabdo, wow, that will open doors.

If I have headaches, I am going to the doctor, not Schad (I did state he might have done this already but from the articles, this is left out so we don't know and I assuming he did not).

Just confusing why we hear this to be honest instead of a story that one of the guys still has issues and Iowa is getting help for him.  Instead it is, I am leaving due to this...integrity at its finest IMO.


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