Five-Step Drop: Change of Heart
2. The 13 Iowa football players hospitalized for rhabdomyolysis have all been released from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. However, the players will not be able to resume workouts until blood tests establish that their kidneys are functioning at normal levels. Seth Roberts, writing in Iowa's student newspaper The Daily Iowan, suggests that the image of an out-of-control football program in Iowa City is unfair and inaccurate. "For all we know, this was an unfortunate accident - like when USC tailback Stafon Johnson dropped a weight bar on his neck in 2009," he writes.
HawkCentral.com has an even-handed look at 13 questions about the rhabdomyolysis incident.
3. Here's a feel-good story for you, and for once I'm not being sarcastic. Nike has donated $400,000 to Penn State's library in honor of Joe Paterno's 400th career win. Paterno and his wife Sue have been long-time supporters of the PSU libraries, to the extent that a section of one of the university's libraries is named after them. It was a classy move by Nike to give so generously to a cause so obviously important to the Paternos.
4. Former Florida defensive coordinator Chuck Heater has joined Steve Addazio's Temple staff, where he will serve in the same capacity. Addazio, the former Florida offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer, has recruited a number of former Gator assistants to join him in Philadelphia. That list includes former Florida graduate assistant Justin Frye, who will coach the offensive line, as well as strength coach Frank Piraino, who spent last season at Marshall after coaching the previous five years at Florida.
5. Your quick and certainly incomplete police blotter update: Arkansas wide receiver Lance Ray was arrested Saturday for possession of marijuana and alcohol after somebody smelled marijuana coming from his dorm room. The charges are misdemeanors. No official statements have been made about Ray's status with the Razorbacks. Iowa State linebacker Matt Tau'fo'ou was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Saturday morning in Ames. Tau'fo'ou has been in trouble before and has been suspended from the team.