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Stanzi to Iowa recruits: Ignore negative sales pitches

[ 3 ] March 28, 2011 |

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz acknowledged last week the likelihood that schools will use the Rhabdomyolysis outbreak against his team on the recruiting trail.

To that, former Hawkeye quarterback Ricky Stanzi says:

“I would tell recruits not to let that be a factor,” Stanzi said last week. “If you go by that . . . and if it caused you to change your mind from Iowa to someplace else . . .it could ruin your life.”

He says that because last January was the first time a cluster of 13 Iowa players ever had been hospitalized within days of a strenuous workout.

“It was such a freak case,” Stanzi said. “It was a situation where guys weren’t in shape. I’ve gone through it. Guys just weren’t in shape.”

Here is how Ferentz responded when asked last week about potential negative recruiting:

“I would imagine that’s probably the case,” he said during a press conference. “Yeah sure. It’s something we’re going to talk about openly. We’ll communicate what happened — what we know.”




Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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