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Three Iowa Players Arrested: Hyde, Hamilton, Clark

Iowa players gettin' drunk in the club on the off week.

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Hyde Loses Captaincy, Will Play Against MSU

Kirk Ferentz held his weekly press conference today and, as expected, we found out a bit more about the fallout to the drunken escapades (and I use the term "escapades" very loosely) of Micah Hyde, Ray Hamilton, and Drew Clark.

So: barring any setbacks during practice or new incidents, it sounds like Iowa will very likely have Hyde and Hamilton on the field in East Lansing on Saturday. (Possibly Clark, too, but he hasn't played all year anyway.) Whatever punishments they serve as a result of the incidents last weekend won't involve game suspensions.

There's also this tidbit from Hyde:

That said, Hyde suiting up on Saturday doesn't eliminate the possibility of Greg Castillo also suiting up as a starter at cornerback. In non-discipline related news from the presser, Ferentz indicated that regular starter B.J. Lowery suffered a setback during practice last week and was "iffy" to play on Saturday.

That would not be ideal, although Michigan State may not have the passing game to really exploit Castillo, either. And, certainly, having Hyde and Castillo as starting corners is vastly preferable to having Castillo and a true freshman (Sean Draper or Kevin Buford) as starting corners in this pivotal game.

UPDATE: Morehouse has a transcript from Ferentz's presser available here (scroll down).

He's also got video from Hyde here:



MSU Depth Charts Out; Hamilton, Hyde Still Listed

In yesterday's update, I noted that we might be able to glean a few details about the punishments Kirk Ferentz was handing out to Micah Hyde, Ray Hamilton, and Drew Clark for their alcohol-related indiscretions last weekend. Well, the depth chart is out now... and there are no changes relating to Hyde or Hamilton. (Clark was never on the depth chart to begin with, so it wasn't going to help us make any educated guesses about his punishment.)

Micah Hyde remains listed as the starting right corner for Iowa and Ray Hamilton remains listed as the back-up tight end. (The only changes I did see were Andrew Donnal as the starter at right guard and Greg Castillo as the starter at left corner, which reflect who actually started for Iowa against Minnesota. Whether or not changes stick on Saturday remains to be seen, since Ferentz seemed to think that the players they were replacing -- Austin Blythe and B.J. Lowery -- would be healthy for the Michigan State game.) What does that mean?

1) Hyde and Hamilton aren't being suspended for the MSU game.

2) Depth chart information is of minimal importance and we still have no idea whether or not they'll be suspended for the game.

I tend to favor option number two. We should know more about their respective statuses for the MSU game after Ferentz's press conference tomorrow. Stay tuned.


Drew Clark, Ray Hamilton Also Arrested

Apparently it was GET DRUNJ night if you were an Iowa football player in Iowa City last night...

We already reported the news of Micah Hyde's arrest, but it turns out that he had some company in the police blotter. Take it away, Mas Casa:

[S]ophomore tight end Ray Hamilton was charged with a "PINTS" ticket at 12:40 a.m. Saturday. A "PINTS" is "presence on premise (licensed liquor establishment) after hours. Hamilton had his first reception of the season and second of his career last week against Minnesota.

Also, offensive lineman Drew Clark was arrested Friday for a public intoxication. He’s a junior offensive lineman from Marion.

Remember when it had been several months since the last time an Iowa player got busted? That was fun. That said, these are minor offenses -- they're very much the definition of "college kids will be college kids" incidents. 18-22 year olds get drunk and go to bars. SHOCKING!

Hamilton and Clark are both probably looking at something around a one-game suspension each. On the bright side, the loss of either Hamilton or Clark doesn't figure to have nearly as much impact as the loss of Hyde would on the football team. Hamilton had played a bit more recently (and in addition to his reception against Minnesota, he also had some tremendous blocks that sprung big Mark Weisman runs), but tight end remains a deep position for Iowa. Ditto the offensive line, where Clark wasn't in the two-deeps and had yet to play this season (as best I can recall, anyway).

Anyway, boys, let's try to stay out of trouble for the rest of the weekend, eh?

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