With the release over the weekend of the 13 hospitalized Iowa football players, laid low last week by a kidney ailment commonly linked to overexertion, and with both the head coach and the athletic director actually back in Iowa and available for comment, it's time for everybody's favorite part of any unfortunate incident: Catty recriminations! Here's Kirk Ferentz, leading things off with an unprecedented display of real-seeming human emotion:
These young men and their families have been through a difficult and trying time. They are under my supervision and watch, and I am truly sorry for what they’ve experienced. They trained extremely hard and ended up in the hospital, and there is no indication they did anything wrong. So, I’m pleased they are progressing well and I look forward to seeing all of them being back to normal.
But it wouldn't be an Iowa football crisis without some ill-placed swiping at the chattering class, who just refuses to let Kirk Ferentz get on with his life and Iowa football hospitalize its players in peace!
Now that these students are out of the hospital and on the road to recovery, we can devote our full attention to determining what happened, and making sure it does not happen again. There has been a lot of speculation by those who don’t have the facts and it is unfair and inappropriate for anyone to make wild guesses about what happened.
What, like the associate AD implying that the players were at fault because they didn't keep up their conditioning over winter break? That kind of speculation?
As near as local media outlets can determine, the first five players were released Friday, six on Saturday, and the last two Sunday. Join SB Nation's Black Heart Gold Pants in wishing them all a speedy recovery.