Posted by: marcmwm | July 19, 2008

Freshman arrested for public intox, interference with official acts

I’ve simply lost track at this point. Is it 15 Hawkeyes arrested in whatever time period now? 18?

Freshman DE Riley Reiff was arrested at 2:45 a.m. this morning. It was a custodial arrest, so he spent some time in jail.

Here’s a link from ICPD:

I don’t get it, either, guys.

From Scott Dochterman’s story in The Gazette: “Police say it took nearly 20 minutes and eight officers to apprehend Reiff. He was observed to have bloodshot eyes and poor speech and balance. Reiff, who is from Parkston, S.D., refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

Since April 2007, 18 Iowa football players have been arrested, including five on felony charges.”

OK, so it is 18.

This is more than a PAULA but not in the same ballpark as an OWI. What that means on the Kirk Ferentz scale of justice, I don’t know.



  1. […] South Dakota native became arrest #18 (this morning) over a stretch that has found coach Kirk Ferentz barely hanging onto his […]

  2. I’m sure Dean Vernon Wormer will have something to say about this.

  3. Um, is there something in the water at the football complex? When will it end?

  4. We haven’t even gotten to the latest turn in the sexual assault case.

    The season is beginning under a black cloud.

  5. Marc,
    When do the players start monitoring one another? Maybe Division I programs with totally different levels of temptations and a larger magnifying glass can’t be self-policed, but I would think the ones keeping clean and don’t want painted with the same wide brush would start clamping down on the dopes who can’t stay out of trouble.

    I’m anxious to hear your take or if you know whether or not they do it already to no avail.

  6. I talked to two players last fall, Mitch King and Albert Young, about this very subject.

    I came away with two impressions: 1) Yes, they care very much. They care about how the public perceives the program. If one guy is a criminal, they’re all going to have that stink on them. 2) These guys are athletes and students. Both take up a load of time. They’re also boyfriends and sons, best friends and brothers. They have lives in and out of the football program. They’re leaders when they’re on the practice field and in the lockerroom, anywhere in the football environment. The lawlessness happens outside of that environment. The babysitting — and you can debate whether or not that needs to happen — should come from paid coaches and not the players who have so many other things going on in their lives.

    Basically, you can tell guys to stay out of trouble only so much. I can’t imagine how many times that’s been expressed at the Hayden Fry football complex the last three summers. Some guys don’t get it or don’t care. I don’t know which is worse.

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