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Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 10:20 am
This is a fascinating look behind-the-scenes at how Iowa officials scrambled during the first days of the rhabdo scare.

Iowa officials were worried about the reaction from national media including our own Gregg Doyel, who, it is pointed out has "16K followers" on Twitter.

The Des Moines Register was able to get several e-mails through the state's open records law. E-mails show how a statement from coach Kirk Ferentz was drafted by others, rather than the coach himself. 

On Jan. 26, the school's faculty athletic representative wrote to AD Gary Barta and president Sally Mason about: " ... my own concern and our need to be transparent when we found out the causes of the medical situation."

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that team doctor Ned Amendola was at a meeting in Costa Rica during the time the players were hospitalized. An Iowa official said the school wasn't concerned that Amendola was away during the time the players were in the hospital.  

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Iowa

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:17 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

Of course Iowa wasn't worried about the team doctor being away.  Their practice facilities are across the street from one of the best hospitals in the country.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:50 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

Just more proof that in this day and age, it's more important to report "news" first rather than wait for facts to surface.  Last week it was mass transfers that seem non existent.  This week it's "breaking news" that Iowa's coach does not write his own press releases.  That is a real stunner; I though all Division I coaches wrote their own press releases.  LOL...what a joke.

Also, as a team doctor I would think it's important to attend meetings relative to your profession...February seems like a good time to do that if you are the team doctor for a football team....Not surprising that he was in costa rica for work.

Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:04 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

Pocketfrp, you're right, Dodd would never write about Iowa beating his alma mater in a bowl game who many, non-Iowa, fans thought would be a blowout and a game which Iowa didn't deserve.  You're going to dog Iowa for their on the field accomplishments yet they've won a BCS game more recently than Nebraska.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:33 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

That's OK pocket, Nebraska gets to play with the big boys this upcoming season. Welcome to the BigX plus two.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:55 am

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

I personaly think that Dodd is doing the university of Iowa a favor. Its about the only way Iowa football can make its way into the media. It sure wont come from the accomplishments on the field.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:07 am

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

Anyone who agree's with anything Dodd writes is a fail. This garbage is why I hate reporters who don't work for real news stations (CBS does not count) and ESPN.  All Dodd ever does is make up things I have never seen anyone say nice article Dodd! I really have come to the conclusion that CBS just pays him because be proabably makes minimum wage.  The guy won't even respond to his own articles anymore like he did a few years ago.

And people take this from a nursing/biology double major.  There are all types of complicationactions when it comes to cardiac reserve if the workout was that hard the whole team would have passed out.  The guys even said it was no big deal themsevles and tested for no drugs which was also made up by the CBS make believedia. 

And for the record if an athlete does not know the limit to what he can take that's his or her own fault not anyone else's.  My running limit is eight and a half miles, if a coach told me to do nine you better believe I would be slowing down or walking. And I wouldn't be stupid enough to go all out because I know what I can handle.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:20 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

FELLOW IOWA FANS.  It's time to end this.  I'm convinced the only reason Dodd is still beating this dead horse is to get a rise out of us - and it's working.  We need to stop giving this guy ammunition.  Quit reading him.  Quit responding to him.  Most reasonable people know this is a non-story, so we don't need to defend ourselves anymore.  IGNORE THIS JACKHOLE and I promise you he [and this story] will go away.  Remember - if we don't mind - he doesn't matter.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:17 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

I read all of the email chains that were distributed on hawkcentral and NOT ONE contatct was from Doyel, Dodd, or SI. There was one from a Wall Street Journal blogger....get that Dodd a non-sports based entity that has a tiny section in their website actually did some research and asked the Iowa Athletic Department to give their side while your journalistic integrity is thrown out the window by publishing nothing but rubbish. Your statements are inaccurate, your opinions are garbage, and your integrity is on par with Tiger Woods.  This has become laughable just how much emphasis you place on trying to bring down the Iowa Athletic Department and Iowa Football program. I hope somehow you are fired but I doubt the suits at CBS have the ethics or integrity themselves to do anything about your obserd articles, attacks, and inaccurate reporting.

Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:11 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

bobthefan, really this doesn't happen because of a tough workout?  Have you done any research of your own about it.  In fact, overexertion is a cause of it, but it has to be something else,  right?  The U of I is not risking its reputation.  They are waiting for the investigation to be complete so they have answers.  Why should they jump to conclusions about everything, that is more risk than waiting for answers. 

Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:04 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

Bobthefan, Iowa is getting to the bottom of it, they are conducting an investigation.  Iowa fans and others just want morons like Dodd to wait for the facts or report facts that are out not bash Iowa with drivel like this.   And they have already said that the players did nothing wrong or illegal.  In addition this is not as uncommon as many think and has nothing to do with heat.  Why don't you do some research before commenting instead of being like Dodd, Doyel, Forde and Mandel. 

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