Iowa offensive tackle Kyle Calloway was arrested over the weekend for allegedly driving while intoxicated on a mo-ped. He is at least the 26th Hawkeye player known to have been charged or ticketed by police since April 2007.
The timing could not have been worse for coach Kirk Ferentz, whose comment earlier last week about media coverage of three players who were arrested in the spring for public intoxication raised eyebrows. One of those players happened to be his son, James.
"You talk about beating dead mules," Ferentz said. "For this to make front-page news in a major publication — it's a great state we live in."
Less than 72 hours after Ferentz blamed the messengers, Calloway got popped. Oops.
Iowa players getting into trouble is nothing new. It happened all the time under the legendary Hayden Fry, but Hawkeye fans seldom heard about it. Here's why: Fry had a good relationship with the Iowa City cops, including an agreement that if one of his players got into trouble, they were first taken to the coach's house by the cops.
Nothing will straighten out a player like a visit to the coach's house at 2 a.m. on a Saturday.
Fry would enforce the discipline and if the player ever got into trouble again, he was off the team.
It worked like a charm.
Bottom line: Ferentz could learn something from Fry about building a relationship with local law enforcement.