Iowa players test negative for illegal drugs

My apologies for not posting this sooner, but the Sporting News' Dave Curtis reports from Iowa City tonight that the 13 Iowa football players hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis have tested negative for any illegal drugs.

The tests were issued at the behest of doctors at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to help determine causes of the muscle and kidney ailment that brought the players to the hospital. Cocaine and other amphetamines are known to exacerbate cases of rhabdomyolysis, the condition that likely befell the players after intense offseason workouts in the last week.

The drug/supplement question is relevant after so many players had to be hospitalized. This is good news for the players and for the school going forward.

Curtis also reports that head coach Kirk Ferentz encountered some disappointed parents of hospitalized players when he returned from a recruiting trip Wednesday. Ferentz visited the players Wednesday night and is scheduled to do so again tonight.

"Kirk took a lot of [stuff]," the source said. "But he stood there and took it all. He's been incredibly remorseful about the whole thing."

A spokeswoman for University Hospitals told me earlier today that all 13 players remain hospitalized and that none was expected to be released tonight.