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Iowa officials to discuss players in hospital

1/26/2011

Iowa has scheduled a news conference for 4:30 p.m. ET today (3:30 p.m. local time) to discuss the 12 football players hospitalized Monday night.

According to a news release, a representative from the football staff and a doctor from University Hospitals will be present to answer questions. Athletic director Gary Barta won't be in attendance.

The players reportedly have exertional rhabdomyolysis, a condition often caused by extreme exercise that, in serious cases, can cause damage to the kidneys. The school says the symptoms likely were caused by a recent workout.

Some key questions:

  • What specifically took place at this workout?

  • How did this workout differ from previous training sessions, if at all?

  • How were players prepared for this workout?

  • What's the prognosis for the players going forward? When will they be released from the hospital?

  • What type of disciplinary action could be taken against those administering the workout?

I'll have a full recap after the news conference.