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Ferentz still lists Hyde as starter after weekend arrest

[ 0 ] October 8, 2012 |

Iowa’s Micah Hyde pulls in a punt reception against Minnesota Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 in Iowa City. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Micah Hyde remained on the Iowa football depth chart following Saturday’s 1:34 a.m. alcohol-related arrest.

The senior was listed as the Hawkeyes’ starting cornerback and punt returner for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game at Michigan State, a team some pre-season predictions labeled the favorite in the Big Ten Conference’s Legends Division. The weekly depth chart was announced Monday.

Hyde’s arrest, for interference with official acts and public intoxication, is Category II Misconduct, associate athletic director Fred Mims said Monday. Suspension from competition is just one of several options, according to the code. It is not automatic.

“Team rules can be more severe,” Mims said.

On Monday, Hyde pleaded guilty to the interference charge, for which he will be fined $397.50, according to the Iowa Courts Online web site. He pleaded not guilty to the intoxication charge, for which a Dec. 27 bench trial has been set.

Ferentz has not spoken publicly about Hyde, or other weekend incidents involving backups Ray Hamilton, a tight end, and Drew Clark, an offensive linemen. The Hawkeyes did not play Saturday.

“We will follow protocol set by the UI student-athlete Code of Conduct, as well as taking additional measures within the program,” Ferentz said in a statement the athletic department released Saturday night.

“Additional measures” don’t always mean suspension. Ferentz has sanctioned players in the past internally and under the public radar.

Specifically, the code states:

“Sanctions for Category II misconduct may include, but are not limited to: warning, reprimand, probation with or without conditions, requirements for restitution, conditions to encourage personal rehabilitation (e.g., counseling and community service), conditions related to satisfactory academic performance, suspension from practice, suspension from competition, and/or suspension from access to athletic departmental services.”

According to police, Hyde,21, was among a group of people who hung around after employees told them to leave Old Capitol Brew Works near campus early Saturday morning.

The group fled when officers arrived, then ignored a command to stop. Hyde finally was caught two blocks away with bloodshot eyes and smelling of alcohol, according to a police report. He refused a breathalyzer test, but did not deny drinking.

He was jailed and released.

Hamilton, 19, was charged at 12:40 a.m. Saturday for being in a liquor establishment past Iowa City’s 10 p.m. bar curfew for minors. Clark, 22, was charged with public intoxication at 2:40 a.m. Friday.

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