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Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

Posted on: March 23, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 2:06 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The University of Iowa has completed its investigation in to what caused the outbreak of rhabdomyolysis among the football team that caused 13 players to be hospitalized. Iowa president Sally Mason will present the results of the investigation to the school's board of regents on Wednesday, but the board doesn't have to wait that long if it doesn't want to. Here's what the investigation concluded, and in all honestly, there isn't much here that we didn't already know.

- The school is "as certain as possible" that the outbreak of rhabdo was caused by the strenuous workout the players participated in on January 20. While the players were hospitalized with serious muscle injuries, none developed symptoms of advanced rhabdomyolysis damage. Like kidney damage, so that's good news.

- None of the 13 players are responsible for the outbreak. They did not suffer from rhabdo due to any prescription meds, over-the-counter meds, supplements or energy drinks.

- This isn't the first time Iowa players have participated in this workout, as the team held them in June 2004 and December 2007. The difference this time, however, is that the players weren't coming off of a three week break the last two times the team held the workouts. Still, the coaches can't be held responsible for the outbreak because they had no reason to believe the workout would lead to such a condition since it never had before.

- There was no evidence to support the claims that the workout we meant to be a punishment for the players. Though the team's strength coach did make a comment saying that the workouts should help take care of all the close losses that Iowa suffered last season, and would help determine "who wants to be here."


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As for recommendations the investigation makes for the Iowa football program in the future, it's not surprising that it was recommended that the school not hold such strenuous workouts in the future. It's also recommended that Iowa develop "effective mechanisms for determining when players are experiencing unexpected complications that can result from a specific type of workout."

Also, if any player should become injured or ill following a workout, the entire team should be tested to make sure they aren't suffering the same symptons.

In other words, this entire investigation could have been summed up in one sentence. "Let's try and learn from our mistakes and use a bit more common sense next time, shall we?"
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Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

Come on Diffy...What is that supposed to mean? Has he ever been accused of cheating, hiding information, lightly suspending guys, anything HE has control over? Every team at every University has problem kids...it doesn't mean their coach is at fault unless they do nothing about it.

As for Dodd, you can suck on your own b a l l sack! You are a punk journalist who degraded the Iowa program for NO reason!



Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

Come on Diffy...What is that supposed to mean? Has he ever been accused of cheating, hiding information, lightly suspending guys, anything HE has control over? Every team at every University has problem kids...it doesn't mean their coach is at fault unless they do nothing about it.

As for Dodd, you can suck on your own b a l l sack! You are a punk journalist who degraded the Iowa program for NO reason!



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 8:29 am
 

Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

And what do you know...  The cream once again rises to the top and Iowa and its players are cleared of any wrong doing.  Suck it Dodd.  You and Forde, and every other irresponsible journalist who threw the program and its coaches under the bus before having ANY facts should issue apologies to the University of Iowa and personally to Kirk Ferentz. 



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Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:28 am
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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:12 am
 

Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

Kirk Ferentz did a parting shot at dodd, forde and others. The coach used harsh terminology of his own Wednesday.
Some writers for major sports sites put out tough stuff regarding this story, no one more than Pat Forde of ESPN and Dennis Dodd of CBSsportsline. Forde said the workout in question seemed to have "bordered on barbaric." Dodd insisted mass transfers were going to happen as well as other uninformed rumors including, firing the coach immediately."
I think a lot of shots that were taken were drive-by shooters, if you will," Ferentz said. "To throw out the term "barbaric" or somebody suggested we had 13 transfers in waiting, things like that, those are shots from left field.

"As I said a month-and-a-half ago, I just encourage them to know the parties involved, know the people on this staff, the players on our team and talk to past players." 
The reality: Elite high school players have their ears open a lot wider when the subject is how many players a college program has advanced to the NFL.
in other words...your witch hunt didnt work cowards!  
now start reporting on the real news of negativity of your sponsored site of teams you are hiding behind and never seem to notice or just pretend doesnt happen.

 




Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

It's just funny how when a bad situation happens to a Big 10 football program, the head coach or someone always needs to be fired even BEFORE ALL THE FACTS FROM THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE COMPLETED!!!  Back in January, Dodd pulls the "someone should be fired" card, which was a highlighted link to Doyel's article as he pulls the "Ferentz should be fired", "Maybe Ferentz should be fired either way", & "someone has to be fired. Trainer, assistant coach, head coach. Someone. Maybe all of them." bs cards.  The final investigated report comes out now, two months later, clearing all coaches and trainers... but apparently the "right to a fair trial" clause doesn't exist north of the Kentucky boarder in Doyle's and especially Dodd's book.
And Dodd's Tressel story was the next best thing to a fairy taled novel of a joke.  But to get to my "firing" point, just because Tennessee's Pearl, a SEC basketball coach, was pretty much going to be fired at the time, for completely a different NCAA rules conduct violation for a different sport, Dodd writes: "The same, now, can be said of Tressel whether you Bucknuts want to believe it or not."  Dodd doesn't have a brain... Pearl is an above average coach and Tressel is a top 5 coach in the nation = 100 times easier for Tenn. to let Pearl go and about a 0% chance OSU cans Tressel.  I do think Tressel should be sat for the year, but not fired.  Every Big 10 based article, like these two, are almost always prematurely written before all facts, statements, investigations, etc. are even completely finished and presented.  Their biasness is somehow worse than the biasness of national news medias when it comes to politics.  JOKE.  (Sorry to ramble on everyone, but this is the damn truth.)



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

I was wondering why Dodd didnt write this article ....then i realized that it didnt have anything to do with smearing the Good name of the University, its staff, or its players



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

Yup. This story was a complete bust for Dodd, just like his NCAA bracket.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Iowa completes its rhabdo investigation

suck on that one Dodd...hope you haven't reported on this cause you are on probation from your witch hunts and supporting felony crimes to be committed


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