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Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:36 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 10:36 pm
When I first saw this response from Iowa (see below) to the story, I was cynical. Iowa had 18 players with police records, tied for second-most among teams ranked in Sports Illustrated's 2010 preseason top 25. What kind spin was the school going to put on this issue, I thought?

We saw how the Iowa administration reacted rather clumsily in the first few hours of the rhabdo crisis in late January.  This time Iowa got out in front of the story -- well, after the fact -- by being candid and thorough. Overall, this statement is more informative than self-serving and, in a way, calls out other schools that didn't react publicly. 

Rather surprisingly, the school admits that "underage consumption of alcohol and extreme comsumption of alcohol have been issues ..." at Iowa for several years. Wow. Iowa also admits to not doing criminal background checks on players it recruits. Later, AD Gary Barta says, "I am anxious and open to discussions with my peers in the state and in the Big Ten Conference and beyond on whether criminal background checks need to become a regular piece of our recruiting process."

That is beyond impressive and shows the power of the media in a story like this. Before seeing Iowa's statement, I spoke to a Pac-12 AD on Wednesday who said it may be time to start doing background checks as a conference initiative. Just a thought, but the places to start may be the Big Ten and Pac-12, two conferences who fancy themselves academically like-minded.

We have a long way to go on this issue but the story did move the discussion to a positive place. While some states are more liberal than other in such cases, there is absolutely no excuse for schools not to do at least cursory background checks. It wouldn't be that difficult. Think of it as preventative.

What's it worth to land a Johnny Touchdown in recruiting when there is an equal chance he could burn the opposition as much as his own school?

Here is Iowa's response to the story released Wednesday night ...
The University of Iowa does not have access to the detail behind the survey that examined the 2010 pre-season top 25 college football programs. However, the UI does know that a total number of 18 student-athletes who were on the 2010 team roster have, in fact, been charged with offenses since 2007.

 All 18 charges were misdemeanors.  Of these charges:

•        15 were alcohol related;
•        Two were for possession of a controlled substance;
•        One was for misdemeanor assault, and the student-athlete plead guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct. 

Underage consumption of alcohol and extreme consumption of alcohol have been issues for The University of Iowa and Iowa City community for several years. Staff of the UI and the City of Iowa City have and currently are collaborating on a number of efforts to address these concerns.

The University of Iowa currently does not do criminal background checks of student-athletes it is recruiting for participation in its intercollegiate athletics program. UI coaches do routinely have extensive conversation with parents, high school coaches, and other individuals important in the lives of student-athletes they are recruiting.

 The following comment is from Gary Barta, director of athletics at the University of Iowa:

 “I learned about the SI story this morning.  Our total number of incidents match that in the story, however, the detail shows that all 18 of our incidents were misdemeanors and that the vast majority were related to poor decision-making associated with alcohol. And, as many in Iowa know, this has been an ongoing concern for all students on our campus and in our community.

 “Each incident involving a student-athlete is taken seriously and handled according to our student-athlete code of conduct.  Some football student-athletes who have had an incident while a participant in our program have successfully graduated, others are still with us, and others are no longer a part of the program.

 “I am very confident in Kirk’s approach to recruiting. I know he and his staff go to great lengths in trying to assess character when deciding whether to invite a young man to the UI. Like the vast majority of our peers, we don’t do official criminal background checks.

“Recruiting quality student-athletes in all sports is of the utmost importance to me and our coaches. I am anxious and open to discussions with my peers in the state and in the Big Ten Conference and beyond on whether criminal background checks need to become a regular piece of our recruiting process.

 “Lastly, I continue to be impressed and pleased with the work of the overwhelming majority of our football student-athletes in their athletics competition, in the classroom, and as representatives of the University of Iowa on a daily basis.”   The following comment is from Kirk Ferentz, head football coach at the University of Iowa:

 “For 12 years we have dealt promptly, firmly, consistently, and within the student-athlete code of conduct when we have incidents involving members of our football program.  My staff and I will continue to work to ensure our student-athletes are successful as a student, as an athlete, and as a citizen of the Iowa City community.”
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Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2011 1:27 pm

Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

It should be noted that the University supported the Iowa City Council's ordinance to make the admittance age to all bars in Iowa City 21.  It had been 19 and before tha 18.  This has been an ongoing issue for many years at Iowa.  Part of the issue is that the ordinance must be put to a city-wide vote and students kept voting it down.  Head coach Kirk Ferentz chaired a comittee this last year which supported the ordinance, and I believe it passed.  So, its not like has not been addressing this issue.

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:39 pm

Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

In your article you said you spoke with a Pac-12 Ad, now what is the truth? Did you speak to the Pac-12 AD, did the AD contact you? Or did they just simply comment on the situation and you took that as you "contacting" them?

You my friend are a moron. I suggest you find yourself a new hobby, writing articles does not seem to be your strong suit.

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:34 pm

Way to wrap a terd and pass it off as journalism

This article and your so called writing makes me laugh.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:28 pm

Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

how stupid is this jerry springer report?
 how the hail does michigan state not have anybody...because this story is such a piece of garbage....that it only consists of the PRESEASON top 20 or 25 and michigan state wasnt on any preseason ranking list allowing it to fly from the radar. florida and georgia were and they got nobody?  michigan state had such a mess of crime during the summer...GANG RAPE and they highlight iowas 15 liquor problems, 2 potheads and a guy who got called the N word from a lowlife taxi cab driver?

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:17 pm

Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

the assault charge of adrian clayborn. yes you have no clue about that one, do you. that taxi cab driver should have been arrested. KF knows what really happened and why that racial charge was looked upon different.  djk was kicked off the team immediately.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:15 pm

Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

"Ferentz has booted every player who had the stink of a felony on him even after the player plead down the felony to misdemeanor."
15 were alchohol related. 2 were the dreaded got caught with pot charges and 1 was when a loser called their star player the n word and he retaliated.
wow on "that crime"
not much of an investigative journalism bombshell is it????????
I have the impression that football players get preferential treatment in the south. the SUC only has 4 teams with players that have been charged with a crime?? 
but wait, hold on, something is not right? FLORIDA AND GEORGIA are not on that list. pretty sure they werein the preseason top 20??
"king became the 11th georgia player to be arrested in 2010 and the fourth since august. washaun ealey, another bulldog tailback was charged with 3 misdemeanors in august... 

in the meantime urban meyer racked up an impressive resume at florida with 2 national titles and heisman trophy winner. while it is less publicized...meyer is also looking to take/took the lead for active(and now nonactive) coaches in most arrested players under one head coach.  urban meyer has been known to use negative publicity against other teams for his own recruiting edge, he sure is giving all of the others around the country plenty of ammunition to bring with them into the living rooms of high school players all around the country.

and yet...they had no one on this list?  amazing isnt it some of meyers guys charges- breaking into a car impound and retrieving his girlfriends car, which had been towed. outcome- charges were dropped. never missed game time. felony credit card theft from a dead person allegedly charged close to $3,000 on a credit card issued to a girl , a U of F student who died in a motorcycle accident. the card abuse began the day after her death. and naturally when something like using a dead persons credit card for 6 months, they of course have a clean record.  but no. after that he was cited for mischief charges when he tossed a man on a hood of a car during a fught causing about $ 750 in damages.  something is telling me urban meyer IS going to kick this guy off the team this time, unless of course hes a critical player that florida desperately needs to compete.  see eye poker and his 2 quarters of suspension discipline.
continuing with the removing the boot theme, another player removed a university police boot from his car and put it in his trunk. charges were dropped. missed no playing time
which leads us to scam newton- felony counts of burglary, larceny and obstruction of justice after stealing a laptop from a UF student and throwing it out his dorm window. throw in cheating on tests. this of course was before 2010 but its a sampling of the type of "crime" that apparently doesnt exist in this investigated reporting.
who can forget wide reciever chris rainey and his sending threatening text message to a women who had been dating on and off for the past 3 years. the "time to die BIATCH."  urban kicked him off the team. OH WAIT they lost a couple of game...back on the team you go, i was just kidding said urbie! we need you, i will pretend that text never happened

not one florida player on this report?   funny how they missed this...IT, nice piece of work/another smear campaign
cbs just keeps sinking lower and lower.  this is some nobody editor trying to break in with a shock jock article. when you leave teams off like florida and georgia that their arrested players are in the news constantly, a stupid story which is mostly made up of drinking in college..oh what a shock there...and yet most of these school have no access to criminal behavior before they enter the college...its point is its a waste of time. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:59 pm

Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

Two of the people arrested will be playing football on Sundays. Adrian Clayborn, the assualt charge, and DJK, yes he will be playing on Sundays. So pretty much they got treatment fom the Johnson Co. Judical system over there in good old Iowa City!

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 8:06 am

Enough already!

Why stop at student athletes?  Why not perform background checks on all incoming freshman?  While we are on the subject, why is SI singling out only college football players?  What about basketball, hockey, track and field, soccer?  What the hell is the point?  That underage kids drink alcohol?  Wow, that's a shocker.  that kids smoke pot?  Wow, another stunning development.  CBS and SI are just covering their butts with this 'profound' story.  These buffoons stated the obvious and beleive it is a revelation.  BTW, when did a traffic ticket become a criminal offense????

Since: Mar 3, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2011 11:14 pm

Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

Nobody wants the media to just "report the facts."  They want the articles to agree with their particular narrative.  Even if this reporting the facts movement were to suddenly become the mission of all media outlets, there would still be numerous issues.  Who would decide what the facts are?  Who would decide what stories to report on?  Who would decide what stories to print and where they would be located?  As long as you understand that a certain bias will always exist whether intended or unintended, then a greater understanding of  all forms a media can  be had. 

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:55 pm

Impressive reaction from Iowa to story

who cares? last I checked the BCS does not give out an award for least number of arrests. Coaches are hired to win football games, period.

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