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Iowa announces formal investigation

Iowa officials on Thursday announced that a 90-day investigation is under way to determine the cause for 13 football players being hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis.

The analysis began shortly after the players were hospitalized Monday and Tuesday, and university president Sally Mason met Thursday with Board of Regents president David Miles to determine the timeline. Results will be presented to the Board of Regents after the investigation concludes.

In a joint statement, Mason and Miles said the hospitalization of so many players is "a cause for grave concern."

"Going forward, it is essential that we take the necessary steps to understand the factors that led to this to ensure that it never happens again," Miles said in a prepared statement. "This morning President Sally Mason and I agreed to a 90-day timeline for completion of a root cause analysis of the events that led to the need to hospitalize these young men. At president Mason’s direction, this analysis was already underway shortly after the incident, and I appreciate the university’s efforts to involve independent medical experts in the process from the earliest moments."

"The primary aim of this analysis will be to identify, to the extent possible, the root causes of this incident in order to create and implement effective preventative measures to ensure this does not happen in the future,” Mason said in a prepared statement. "It is an essential responsibility of the university to determine what is likely to have caused this rare condition among so many young men at one time, and to share those findings."

It will be interesting to see the results of the investigation and whether any Iowa staff members face discipline for what happened.

Iowa seems to be taking this very seriously and it should. Intense workouts certainly aren't unique to Iowa, but the number of players hospitalized with a potentially serious condition merits close scrutiny.