"I was extremely disappointed to learn of James' very poor decision making on several levels," Coach Ferentz said in a University of Iowa news release. "This offense will be treated seriously and his punishment will include immediate and total suspension from all team activities."Those "circumstances" are the perceptions that Iowa football is a complete mess with lots of kids getting in trouble, that James Ferentz was the 20th Hawkeye to be cited for some criminal offense since April 2007, and that Coach Ferentz is sitting firmly on the coaching hotseat for the performance of the team on- and off-the-field.
Adding that the punishment is "a severe penalty," Coach Ferentz said it was fitting "given our current circumstances."
Factor in that this was the coach's son who has to know the situation with his father, and the suspension and the counseling and community service over the next six weeks is the least of James' punishment. Who really wants to go home every night from classes, knowing your dad and your teammates are out at practices. Having to see your dad in the morning as he leaves for work or when he gets home late from practices.
Yeesh. It is going to be a bit tenser around the Ferentz house for a while.