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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: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:58 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

Still wondering when all those mass transfers are coming.  Maybe just maybe this really is that big a deal as you would hope it would be.  You just need to keep writing about it to keep it in the news, cause nobody else is.  You want to know why your the only person still caught up in it, cause its no big deal anymore.  Why are you so hell bent on anything Iowa related?

Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:16 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

Dennis, it situations like these how many coaches do you think actually draft their own press release?  I don't know the correct answer, but it's probably very few if any at all.  And did you read the story about the team physician and why he was where he was?  Or did you just bypass that and speculate that he was on some kind of vacation or something.  Why not post the facts in your own article?  I'm very surprised there wasn't any hate in their there from you, but I'm guessing you're waiting and are writing another article soon enough.   

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:32 pm

Behind-the-scares at Iowa during rhabdo scare

You know what else is fascinating?  This was posted by a Hawkeye fan earlier this am.
see hawkcentral for the latest on this...interesting: 

as part of the story, here is a quote: 
In one email exchange between associate athletic director Rick Klatt, athletic director Gary Barta, Iowa’s sports information staff and others, Klatt outlines an email that outlines criticism levied against the Hawkeye football program on social media by writers at and

“Re: national media … not surprised at all with the reaction … but I’d like to think they’ll be in touch with Phil/Steve (Iowa sports information) before they elect to go ‘nuclear’ … but it also speaks to the importance of getting out in front of this today,” Klatt wrote the morning of Jan. 26.

So what I read is that Dodd, Doyel and the SI guy didn't even contact Iowa for their stories, just wrote them with no facts at all.  wow, not surprised at all is right.

Is this really all you have to write about?   Is it really news worthy anymore?  I would think CBS could find something for you guys to do.

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