As we learned Tuesday, there was much ado about nothing at Iowa as coach Kirk Ferentz stated that the team had no additional roster changes to announce.
While Ferentz and Iowa athletic director Gary Barta spoke extensively about the school's drug-testing program for student-athletes, they effectively stopped the rumor mill. The buzz Sunday and Monday suggested Iowa could announce a wave of player suspensions, and one potentially troublesome clue game from Las Vegas.
Iowa's upcoming game against Missouri had been removed from the betting board at the sports books.
The game should soon return.
Here's what happened, according to The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Mike Hlas:
"We have a service that sends us information about players who are questionable to play in games and players who are probable,” Las Vegas Hilton race and sports book assistant manager Jeff Sherman told me Wednesday afternoon. "The service said it was hearing rumors Iowa could have up to 20 suspensions. When you hear of a large number of players [potentially involved], you take it down as a precautionary approach."
Interesting. I heard the same types of numbers being thrown around, but it turns out Iowa has suspended only two active players for the bowl (receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and running back Adam Robinson).
While Iowa remains a slight underdog to Missouri in the Insight Bowl, Tuesday's announcement from Iowa City means we'll likely avoid a situation like Michigan State had last year in its bowl game.