Good news on Friday got better today as the University of Iowa confirmed in a statement that all 13 players hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis have been released from the U of I Hospital.
Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz, under fire for his public handling of the situation, apologized for the incident:
“Getting all 13 student-athletes healthy and out of the hospital has been priority number one all along, so I’m very happy that they all are now back home and resuming their lives" ...Ferentz also took the opportunity to criticize the swirling rumor mill regarding the cause of the rhabomyolysis outbreak, calling the speculation "unfair and inappropriate." Athletic director Gary Barta, in his first public statement since the outbreak, asked that fans "refrain from any further unproductive rush to judgment."
“These young men and their families have been through a difficult and trying time. They are under my supervision and watch, and I am truly sorry for what they’ve experienced. They trained extremely hard and ended up in the hospital, and there is no indication they did anything wrong. So I’m pleased they are progressing well and I look forward to seeing all of them being back to normal.”
Until an investigation determines the official cause of the outbreak, some level of speculation will inevitably continue. But with all 13 players well on their way to recovery and no longer needing hospital care, tonight that major positive is far outweighing that increasingly minor negative.