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Iowa Football Players In Hospital; Hawkeyes AD Gary Barta Expresses Concern

News broke Tuesday that 12 Iowa Hawkeyes football players were hospitalized Monday night with an unknown affliction. University athletic director Gary Barta has shared his gladness at the positive response of the affected players to hospital treatment. Barta:

Our No. 1 concern is the safety of our student-athletes, so we are pleased with the positive feedback. Our next step is to find out what happened so we can avoid this happening in the future.

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz is on the road recruiting, and hasn’t been able to comment or visit his players yet.

There’s still no report on what caused these players to need to be admitted en masse, with flu, food poisoning, staph infections, and the like all being mentioned. Though of course Black Heart Gold Pants has a medically informed theory:

Apparently they were puking and peeing blood after competing in a 100-squat exercise.

Hospital physicians are not sure when players will be cleared to leave.