Iowa City, Ia. — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said he would have made the same Micah Hyde decision even if Iowa’s next opponent was obviously inferior – not a Michigan State outfit some picked to win the Big Ten Conference’s Legends Division.
“If you go back and research 13-plus years, I think we’ve been pretty consistent,” said Ferentz, Iowa’s coach since 1999. “Chances to win don’t factor in discipline issues.
Hyde is tied for third on the team in tackles with 33, and leads the team with five pass breakups. He has returned 10 punts for a 6.8-yard average.
His dealing with Hyde was consistent with the sanctioning of freshman running back Greg Garmon, a first-time offender charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Erie, Pa., last summer. He wasn’t suspended.
Last July, Ferentz dismissed running back De’Andre Johnson after two separate police run-ins within 48 hours – eluding police, and then operating a disorderly house
“Any decision I make for our program has to be over a five-year span, as opposed a five-day or a five-week thing,” Ferentz said. “I’m not saying I’m perfect, but I’ll stand on our record.”
FERENTZ TOUGHENS CURFEW RULES
Also last weekend backup tight end Ray Hamilton, was ticketed for being underage and in a bar after 10 p.m., and backup offensive lineman Drew Clark was charged with public intoxication. Iowa did not have a game last Saturday.
That trio of incidents caused Ferentz to toughen team curfew rules.
“Selfishly, I’d give them all 8 o’clock curfews and tell them to have a glass of milk and some graham crackers and go to bed at 10, in a perfect world, but that, I think, would be selfish,” said Ferentz, who refused to divulge old and new curfews. “I think part of going to college is being part of the student body.
“I would suggest what happened to those three individuals this weekend is not unique to anybody in the student body, yet obviously they drew attention to themselves in a negative way. That’s not acceptable and it wouldn’t be acceptable if they were just non participating athletes.
“We have curfews. As you might expect to happen, those are going to get adjusted a little bit for the near future.”
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