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Iowa RB Mitchell suspended

Student life code of conduct issue, not legal, Iowa says

Iowa running back Derrick Mitchell, Jr. (32) catches a pass during a drill at an open practice at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines on Saturday, April 11, 2015. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa running back Derrick Mitchell, Jr. (32) catches a pass during a drill at an open practice at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines on Saturday, April 11, 2015. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Update: Less than 24 hours after his suspension was announced, Mitchell was reinstated to the team Tuesday.


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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced Monday afternoon that running back Derrick Mitchell Jr. has been suspended from the team.

In a statement, Ferentz said:

“Derrick has been suspended due to football program and student life code of conduct violation. This is not a legal issue. Derrick is working through the issues at hand in regards to being in good standing as a University of Iowa student. We will follow the established university protocol as we move forward.”

Mitchell wasn't with the Hawkeyes on their trip to Ames for last weekend's game at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes were left with LeShun Daniels, Jordan Canzeri and Akrum Wadley as the only running backs on the bench. Daniels suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and is questionable this week.

Mitchell, a sophomore and a native of St. Louis, Mo., hasn't seen action in two games this season. He played in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2014.

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