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More information is good in the Iowa case

Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:25 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 12:26 pm
 
If five staffers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics leaked information about those 13 Iowa football players, then a part of me is glad.

A big part. The part that craves information. The part that admires the bravery of sources who value information over their personal security and welfare. The part that thinks that the public good sometimes trumps secrecy.

I'm selfish that way. So was America during Watergate.

Hands off the keyboard, Iowa Fan. No one is saying this is Watergate. No one is saying those staffers leaked any information. All we know for certain is that the five are being disciplined for accessing private information. Three are being fired. Were they wrong? Absolutely. Morally and ethically. According to the wire story, some may face jail time.

But that's not my problem. I want to know what happened in Iowa City 10 days ago. I want to know it as soon as possible. That makes me a lot like the players' parents. I don't think we should have to wait 90 days while the school conducts an investigation. Yep, I'm selfish that way. 

If -- and only if -- any of those five leaked information that holds people accountable in this case, then the story has been advanced. I'm curious. We all are. There's a lot of mystery here that hasn't been addressed. Thirteen students from a state institution were somehow put in peril. Remember this: No federal laws would have been broken if first those 13 players weren't hospitalized. Think how you would feel if that was your child in the hospital with a partially functioning kidney. First, you would be concerned, afraid, stricken with dread. Then you would want to know what happened. When that information wasn't immediately available, then you would be mad.

We know at least some of the Iowa parents are mad . A story broke shortly after the hospitalizations that the 13 had been drug tested. All tested negative, according to the story. Other information has emerged too. It could be from those five. It could be from parents. It could be from a combination of the two.

I'm a consumer. I want that information. There is disconnect in this situation.  I want to know why the drills used last month had been used in the past and nothing happened, according to Kirk Ferentz. I want to hear from strength coach Chris Doyle, by all accounts one of the most admired persons in the profession. I want to know why 21 football players have died since 200 0 , all of them due to some form of overexertion. I want to know why there seems to be a culture of pushing players too hard

"The question begs to be asked, is 'What happened here and why this time?' "

That was Ferentz basically speaking for all of us on Wednesday. In this world of Twitter and blogs and breaking news, we are conditioned to having instant information. Sometimes that information makes us uncomfortable. Look what it has done already. Ferentz said Wednesday "we'll not repeat this exercise," referring to the drills that were done on Jan. 24. Thank God. 

A lot of you have lit me up on Twitter already for my stance. Understandable.  I wouldn't want my medical records released to anyone. Does that make me a hypocrite? Perhaps. Am I selfish for wanting to know more this case? Absolutely not. And all of us know more than we did 10 days ago. 

Let's not forget the root cause here: We're not having this discussion if those players hadn't gone to the hospital. 

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:51 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

you are an idiot sticking up for this coward



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:34 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

First of all he did not say what they did was right in the eyes of the law. He is a journalist whose job it was to try and find out what happened to those kids. Think about it, 13 players at one school were hospitalised due to football practice. What the hell!!! Oh and by the he did not encourage people to break the law, but the way the laws are written they favour large institutions and not Joe Public. Quite a lot of the time, leaking information is the way to show irregularities, rule breaking and law breaking. Also do you take note and read reports regarding player contracts etc that are leaked by unnamed sources? Of course you do just like everybody else, yet you do not condemn those reports and reporters. No I do NOT condone what the 5 staffers supposedly did, but image they had uncovered that Iowa was breaking the rules? Would you condemn them then?
Whats worse, is that it might have happened before. Just because Ferentz says they have done these work outs before and nothing happened, does not mean the workouts were not at fault. These are kids, if Iowa followed the rules then they have nothing to fear. Release the information about the practices. The problem is the longer they delay, the more it looks as though they are hiding something. They need to release all information now or as soon as possible and have an external investigation into the incident. If nothing else then Iowa looks as though they are not hiding anything or covering up something. 
As for Iowa doing everything right. Why did it take Ferentz so long to get back to Iowa from the recruiting trip. I am sorry but 13 kids in hospital he should have been heading straight home, not waiting to see what happens, not waiting until Wednesday to see the kids and their parents. 
What is really worrying for me is the statement " Yes its a big deal that students went to the hospital. But this happens at nearly every school (granted not to this extreme). "    It should not be happening at all, 21 students have died due to overexertion since 2000 over 2 a year. 21 kids have died, how many more will die before you say enough is enough.
By the way nowhere in his post does Dodd say Iowa is a dirty program, nowhere in post does Dodd say people at Iowa should be fired. So tell me where and how does this article push you onto the band wagon?






Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:27 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

and after you fire dodd please format your website so a simple copy and paste of a story doesnt turn into CRAP

http://thegazette.com/20011/02/04/f

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Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:27 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

I encourage everyone to let CBS know how ridiculous the bias of these two clowns (Doyle and Dodd) has become:  Http://www.cbssports.com/help/conta

ctus/usersspeak



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:23 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

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Jim Molini

Matt Hughes

Hap Peterson

John Derby

Mike Haight

Bill Happel

Mark Mitchell

Joe Mott

Mike Saunders

Eric Thigpen

Aaron Granquist

Mike Humpal

Jared Kerkhoff

Paul Postler

Randy Reiners

Bill Windauer

Roman Terrill

About Iowa Football Club

The Iowa Football Club is an independent, non-profit organization comprised of more than 400 former Iowa football players, trainers, managers and coaches across the country that unite and support the University of Iowa football program.

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Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:00 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

Thank you very much.  I have sent in my complain to the CBS higher ups.  I can only hope they listen to their users and at the very least suspend Mr. Dodd for this irresponsible journalism.

I must say, it would be nice if he would be man enough to apologize before forced to do so by his bosses.



Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 5:09 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

click on cbs.sports logo, go to the bottom, User feedback...

I find it ironic they also have a PRIVACY POLICY at the bottom!



Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 5:06 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

Take a good look Dodd....
These comments aren't just from Iowa fans.  has many good and valid points!



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 5:06 pm
 

How do you report a post?

I'm just curious if anyone can help...
I'm trying to report Mr. Dodd's blog post to CBS but can't find the proper link.  I normally would not do this, but as a future medical professional myself, and, basically, as a human being, I simply feel compelled to take action about this wildly inappropriate post.



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:11 pm
 

More information is good in the Iowa case

A lot of you have lit me up on Twitter already for my stance. Understandable.  I wouldn't want my medical records released to anyone. Does that make me a hypocrite? Perhaps. Am I selfish for wanting to know more this case? Absolutely not. And all of us know more than we did 10 days ago. 

Let's not forget the root cause here: We're not having this discussion if those players hadn't gone to the hospital. 
Mr. Dodd, your position on this issue is sickening. Your hypocritical position on this issue absolutely makes you selfish (far worse, in fact) because you fail to understand that you are a writer, nothing more. You're not a policy maker, nor a university administrator, nor a football coach. Given knowledge, evidence, and facts, the very best you can do is share with others who, unlike yourself, are in a position to affect change. Your curiosity does not supercede the rights of the young men - perhaps even minors - from the University of Iowa and the fact that you would even suggest that it might is disgusting. There are things in life that are more important than football, more important than your blog, and more important than you. This issue is one of them.



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