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Was Iowa punishing players?

Posted on: January 27, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 10:30 am

It is now 72 hours since 13 Iowa players were hospitalized. Details are starting to emerge suggesting that the players were being punished more than getting in shape.

The Sporting News reported Thursday that the players were drug tested, ruling out cocaine and amphetamines that can cause rhabdo. That's great but let's direct some scrutiny at the strength coaches who were conducting the workouts. I'm no doctor but I'm guessing players have taken drugs -- gotten drunk too -- and survived offseason workouts.

Information later in the story suggests that the workouts were punitive more than performance-related. 

"I don't know all the details, but I'm pretty sure a few of them went out on the weekend, had a good time, the first weekend back at school instead of recovering and resting like they should have been doing," said former player Christian Ballard.

Once again, Iowa players wouldn't be the first to get drunk on a weekend between workouts. The last time such workouts were done was 2007, according to sources, when Iowa went 6-6 and missed a bowl game. Ballard suggested similar "punishment" (my word, not his) may have been at work this time.

"We were a little bit disappointed with the way the season ended ...," Ballard told The Sporting News . "They wanted to make sure with the people we were losing, that they're ready to work, come into spring knowing it's going to be a grind to get back to the top of the Big Ten."

Going to the hospital ought to get the players' attention. 
Coach Kirk Ferentz finally met with parents and players Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Iowa has started an investigation . The next question that needs to be asked is if there was a medical staffer with the players during the workouts. The NCAA states that a medical staffer with power to alter or shut down workouts must be at every organized training session.

If that staffer was there, what did he/she see? Did he/she consider shutting down the workout? Why or why not?

If I'm a parent, I'm extremely upset my son has been in the hospital all week.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Iowa

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:15 am

Was Iowa punishing players?

Great it!

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:25 pm

Was Iowa punishing players?

Reading a column written by Dodd and Doyel is a punishment.  No research.  Complete bias.  Morons on a witch hunt ignoring that this stuff has happened all over college sports for decades.  But thanks to these two cowards and their hatred of Iowa, it's not only a lead story on this shoddy website, it is now 8 stories.  Looks like Iowa has beaten the Tebow record established by CBS for four years.  He never had 8 stories at once.  I think Doyel and Dodd should send him a formal apology.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:27 pm

Was Iowa punishing players?

how about this...
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from the Associated Press

A doctor says 7 University of South Carolina swimmers came down with the same muscle disorder in 2008 that has led to the hospitalization of 13 Iowa football players and they may have simply been pushing their bodies too hard after a break.

Rupert Galvez says the swimmers were diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis following three days of intense workouts after they returned from summer break in 2008. He says they reported swelling and weakness in their arms and discolored urine.

Galvez was involved in their treatment, and he wrote a 2008 article in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine about the case. He says coaches should be cautious about putting athletes through rigorous training after they return from extended breaks.


why wasnt this reported with hate LIKE IOWA's.  hmmmmmmmmm... wow what a surprise...we found a story the same as iowa and it was a SEC team so they go by without one mention. 

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 3:13 pm

Was Iowa punishing players?

That just shows you the lack of intelligence by these "know it alls". Iowa had 2 players who tested positive for marijuana. neither are on the team. The doctors said there was no sign of drugs within the 13 players. read up some on the incident before spewing off garbage. They can happen with creatine as it suppresses water and you get dehydrated. We as fans are tired of retarded people commenting about people and incidents they know nothing about! Get your facts straight!

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:10 pm

Irresponsible Journalism....

Way to pile it on Dodd...  So this was punishment?  Kind of odd they waited until after Holiday break and AFTER a bowl win vs. a top-15 team to "punish" these guys.  From all I have heard and understand this was a typical workout that hundreds of Iowa football players have been through. 

Also, to Dodd and Nebraska fan (13 IOWA PLAYERS!!!), wait until we hear back about what supplements these guys had taken and what they put in their bodies over the weekend before you call out the program.  If they took some bad supplements which caused a kidney problem then Dodd, you owe KF and all Hawkeye fans an apology.  You didn't make mention of the possibility that these Iowa players could have been taking perfectly legal supplements which had something else in them (whatever filler garbage the company throws in the jug) and that caused their diagnosis. 

As an Iowa fan I am pissed about the whole situation.  Iowa has repeatedly bungled several PR issues over the years and this one takes the cake (especially since they released the story).  Regardless, posting a story like this and using a quote in which god knows what the context was to damn a program is completely irresponsible. 

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:05 pm

Was Iowa punishing players?

Well said, Chad.  I know you from the Gazette chats, and you're common sense is usually spot-on.Thanks for the perspective.

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:00 pm

Was Iowa punishing players?

I wasn't going to post in here because I realize that's what they ant, more outrage, more hits, more popularity, more money.....But I sent this to the commentary room and it fits here.....

I've played college fantasy football here for several years in a row....irresponsible journalism by you writers may send me packing. The funny thing about the "new" world we live in is, there is no repercussion for "jumping" to conclusion or unsubstantiated rumors being written for the world to see. In fact it is rewarded with site hits and more monies. Sad, sad deal...

Now I'll finish with DON'T post or read here. If you are an Iowa fan or any other fan offended by "reach" journalism don't send him hate mail, don't hit his site.....don't ever come back. I have zero issues with what I love being critiqued, frankly we all deserve it from time to time. But I can not tolerate rushes to judgment and just flat out spinning of the facts to write a sensationalistic article...Bail out guys I implore you.


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:00 pm

Was Iowa punishing players?

Gee (brown) wizz, you Iowa fans are awful sensitive.  I am not sure what record at my school that I am supposed to check.  Are you referring to the four 11+ win seasons in six years, the two BCS NC's, a top 20 graduation rate amongst football teams?  I suspect you are referring to the bad stuff, none of which is as bad as what happened at Iowa.  When Miles oversigned a class last year and he had to turn a kid away that had already started school, I was all over him like white on rice.  That was bad business and I stated it very clearly.  When we had the issues with clock management, I was also extremely critical of him then.  I am no sheep, unlike many Iowa fans on here.  As far as Coach F not being a doctor, that is so pathetic.  Have none of you Iowa fans ever been to a hospital to visit a friend or family member.  Just because you are not a doctor does not mean that you should not visit and show your support.  I guess me caring about my friends and family makes me a souther loser to the first degree.  Whatever.

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:28 pm

Was Iowa punishing players?

LSU, you are a sorry, southern loser of the first degree.  Check your own school's record, then mouth-off about a program like Ferentz's. Best of luck to you.

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:24 pm

Was Iowa punishing players?

Have Dodd or Doyle ever worn a helmet or pads?

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