IOWA CITY, Ia. – Every football team has its rituals and rites of passage.
Those inside the Iowa program, however, say what happened with the Miami Dolphins is rare.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin recently quit the Dolphins, alleging harassment by teammate Richie Incognito.
Miami coach Joe Philbin was an Iowa assistant from 1999-02 and part of Kirk Ferentz’s original staff.
“I know Joe Philbin personally and professionally,” Ferentz said Tuesday, “and Joe is a very caring, compassionate human being.”
Ferentz, who was an NFL assistant for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, added that he has little use for hazing.
“We make our first year guys sing the fight song as a group so really nobody is out there on the spot or anything like that, but that’s about as far as it goes,” Ferentz said. “It’s healthy, it’s funny, all that kind of stuff.”
Running back Mark Weisman mentioned another occasional practice.
“The young guys sometimes carry the bags, from the locker room, about 30-40 feet,” he explained, “to put it away for a different guy.”
What about the notion that it’s part of an initiation process?
“There’s locker room culture, and then there is taking things over the top,” Weisman said. “When it gets personal, it’s over the top.”
Sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock grew up in Weston, Fla., as a Dolphins fan.
“It’s really unfortunate what’s going on down there,” Rudock said. “That’s my team. I grew up loving them.
“That’s one of those things where every guy has to step up for one another. You just can’t let silly things like that happen.”
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