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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.

Comments

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

The only reason I knew Lowe was on the team was everytime they threw at him all you saw was the back of his jersey. Dude was worse than Adam Shada.




Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

Whether this guy was a starter or a third stringer, whether he likes the coaches or not, this is shaping up to be a very significant lawsuit.  Anyone should be able to smell this one a mile away.  Before this is done, Iowa will likely pay dearly X 10 or even 13.
How do you figure? You obviously too know nothing about the case. In order to sue someone (succesfully) you have to have just cause. There was an investgation that there was NO wrong doing. Pretty sure that will hold up in court. Also the fact that 3 other players had the same symptoms are fully participating in practice. Pretty sure a defense attorney could spot a sour athlete trying to take advantage of a bad situation. Your accusations hold no weight! Just like all of CBS reports. At least this article said he was a reserve...but a "KEY" one is not one of them!



Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

I bet the U of I will not pay dearly for any lawsuits out if this.  What is he going to get money for?  He didn't have a career in the NFL.  Only if he's got permanent damage, but they've all been cleared to practice and play. 



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

Whether this guy was a starter or a third stringer, whether he likes the coaches or not, this is shaping up to be a very significant lawsuit.  Anyone should be able to smell this one a mile away.  Before this is done, Iowa will likely pay dearly X 10 or even 13.



Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

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: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

Cbssports.com needs to revise their article.  Willie Lowe asked for his release so he can weigh his options and look around.  It is not a definite that he is leaving.  Spring practice is underway and he wasn't listed on the depth chart. Does that have anything to do with it?  Who knows, but if he has really lost faith in the coaches and university he would be leaving not just looking around.  In addition, Lowe had a total of 8 tackles (3 solo) and missed 5 of the final 6 games due to injury, he wasn't a key reserve.




Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

Pretty straight forward response from Adam...at least its not leaping generalizations from Dodd. Lets not forget in all this that Willie Lowe was demoted to 3rd string corner back after being passed up by BJ Lowery. I think his health is and should be his main concern so and he wasn't going to get much playing time anyway.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

The "gotcha" mentality prevalent in today's society is sickening.  Sniper journalists like Dodd rush to indict everyone (not on protected status).  Media outlets hype the "stories" and anonymous message board posters rush to judgement and feed the frenzy.  All to support their own agendas.  Facts and common sense rarely get in the way. 
One could, using the Dodd Doctrine, condemn Willie Lowe as a money grabbing con artist exploiting a bad situation, but that is premature, unfair, inappropriate and unproductive.  It has been reported that Willie's transfer is not a sure thing (htttp://hawkcentral.com/2011/04/06/

willie-lowe-family-member-says-he-m

ay-remain-on-team/).  I hope that Willie remains on the team and continues his positive contribution to the Hawkeye program.  Should he decide to leave, I wish him success wherever he ends up.  Go Hawks!   




Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

"... Lowe told ESPN when asked about the prospect of playing football again ..."
It doesn't sound like he ran to the media.  It appears, that he hasn't learned to avoid questions or lie like a coach or a college administrator.  And I'm speaking generally here about universities, I'm not picking on Iowa.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:59 am
 

Willie Lowe to transfer from Iowa, citing rhabdo

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.

I hope the best for Willie to be honest.  I do disagree with the way he is conducting himself here though.  Why go to Joe Schad and tell him you are transferring if you don't want the media to get your name out there?  If I was this kid and if I was the kid's parents, I would be in Iowa City at the hospital or clinic and say look, this is what is going on, especially the headaches, what can we do here?

Instead he goes to the media...now of course, he could have already done this, but then why not state that too?  If I had gone to the coaches and the doctors, I sure would have said it.  Something like I have headaches, I am down 20 lbs (likely his normal weight anyway since we know players are bulked up) and I went to the coaches and doctors and they won't help me.   I don't hear this out of Willie.

As a human being I want my Iowa to do all they can to help this kid.  As an Iowa fan, I have to wonder what Willie is doing here going to the media.

LSU - we do come down hard on Dodd, but that is because he writes non factual articles based on supposition instead of being a professional journalist.  He advocated breaking the law after all, doesn't seem like someone I could respect.

Good luck this upcoming season to your team.


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