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Iowa LB dismissed after OWI charge

Marcus Collins

What’s becoming a mini-Arrest Day here at CFT continues, with Iowa becoming the latest football program facing an off-field issue involving one of its players.

According to Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, linebacker Marcus Collins was arrested very early Friday morning and charged with operating* while intoxicated and driving under suspension.  Collins’ BAC was a robust .137, the paper reported.

(*a car, not on a patient)

Iowa City police pulled Collins over initially due to his driving with no tail lights.  He was subsequently arrested at 1:06 a.m. CT, although the process almost literally hit a speed bump:

According to a police complaint, Collins forgot to put the vehicle in park when he exited. The car rolled into the police vehicle, but it caused no damage.

A few hours after reports of an arrest surfaced, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced that Collins has been dismissed from the football program.  The dismissal, Ferentz said, came as the player was in the midst of serving a three-game suspension for violating unspecified team rules.

“We will assist Marcus as he pursues other options to continue his career,” the coach said in a statement. “We wish him the best moving forward.”

As a backup linebacker this season, the true sophomore has appeared in six games.

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2 Responses to “Iowa LB dismissed after OWI charge”
  1. Deb says: Nov 1, 2013 5:59 PM

    Thank you. Saw “OWI” in the headline and thought, “I’m not even going to ask.”

  2. sssjim7 says: Nov 1, 2013 7:35 PM

    Thanks for that “*” too…. I was wondering what kind of brain surgery the kid was doing until you cleared that up for us :)

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