Warrants Issued for Two Ex-Hawkeye Defensive Backs in Campus Sex Assault
Ferentz didn't explain at the time why Everson and Satterfield were suspended, but Internet rumors quickly centered on an incident much like what came to light when the warrants were announced yesterday. Both Satterfield and Everson are charged with second-degree sexual abuse. In Iowa, that means that the perpetrator displays a dangerous weapon in a threatening manner, or if the crime is aided by one or more persons. Satterfield is additionally charged with third-degree sexual abuse, which involves mental or physical incapacitation, physical helplessness, or a victim under the influence of a controlled substance.
Satterfield is denying his involvement. Everson has yet to comment. Ferentz isn't saying anything much, but he wants you to remember that Everson and Satterfield are both ex-Hawkeyes.
The Des Moines Register's Sean Keeler says this could be just the beginning of an ugly period in Hawkeye football history. It's hardly the beginning, from this fan's point of view, but Keeler says Ferentz himself could be in trouble.
Last month I suggested that the heat was rising on Ferentz, but my assessment was based mostly on football-related issues. Goodness knows we at FanHouse have had our fun with the Hawks' troubles, but these charges, if true, are hardly a joke. There probably isn't a coach in all of college football who is under more pressure right now than Kirk Ferentz is. He makes a lot of money, he's loyal to his assistants, he's been a great citizen, but he doesn't have enough capital to survive off-field turmoil like this and another 6-win season with no bowl game.