I was out to dinner the other night with a parent of a University of Iowa graduate who complained that his daughter has to pay off student loans while college football players have their education covered by scholarship. I asked him if anyone had ever paid $60 to see his daughter carry a football.
Those who think college players don't put in the time and physical toll to earn their schollies, take a look at what just happened at Iowa. Twelve Hawkeye football players were hospitalized Monday for ... something that was related to a recent offseason workout. Adam Jacobi of CBSsports.com went on record Tuesday afternoon as saying this:
the malady afflicting the players is a kidney condition brought on after an excessively intense offseason workout. Also, that would corroborate the story of freshman linebacker Jim Poggi, who posted on Facebook that he was hospitalized after his "wizz" (urine) turned brown ($$$ link, sorry), which is a condition that can be caused by overexertion.
To see the press release from the University of Iowa that informed us 12 Hawkeyes had been hospitalized, click here.
If this is the case, it may bear similarity to what happened to 24 members of the McMinnville (Ore.) High School football team last August. To see the New York Times story on that, click here.
If it's exertional rhabdydomyolysis, it's pretty unpleasant stuff. Some background:
UPDATE: Tuesday night, the U of I sports information department sent out this addendum:
Following is clarification to earlier UI athletic department release regarding UI football student-athletes:The Hawkeye football players admitted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics were all participating in NCAA allowable winter workouts. The symptoms, for which the student-athletes are being treated, are likely related to those workouts.