The Attack of Iowa's Mr. Evil Workout took a bizarre and baffling twist last week.
You'll recall that in January, 13 Hawkeyes were sent to the hospital suffering from rhabdomyolysis, a serious affliction that causes the breakdown of skeletal muscle due to overexertion. After an in-house school investigation, no one was found responsible. Not the head coach, not the trainers, not the strength coach. Thankfully, not the players. As far as we know, no one was disciplined. In a 19-page report, the school basically blamed the workout itself for the rhabdo.
Bad Evil Workout. It will never be allowed on campus again.
Since that time one player reportedly sought and was give release from his scholarship. Another reportedly is still suffering headaches. So what happened last week? Iowa's head trainer Chris Doyle -- the man in charge of those hospitalized players in late January -- was named assistant coach of the year by Kirk Ferentz.
Now, I can understand the honor at some point, but not to Doyle and not three months after the players Doyle was responsible for were in the hospital.
It's one thing not accepting blame. We got enough of that recently from Notre Dame. It's another being arrogant and insensitive.
Not only was Doyle honored, Ferentz handed out the award for the first time according to the link. Ferentz plans to make it an annual honor. Note to Kirk: Would it have been outrageous to maybe wait another year to begin giving out this award? You know, maybe let the whole rhabdo thing blow over.
Apparently that's exactly what Iowa thinks has happened.