Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | MAY 05, 2009 7:27 AM

Younger Ferentz, Derby plead guilty

Iowa football players James Ferentz and Zach Derby pleaded guilty to public intoxication Monday, changing their original pleas following an April 6 incident.

Police arrested offensive lineman Ferentz and tight end Derby near the Old Capitol Town Center. Records show Derby and several others tried to flag down an off-duty UI police officer.

Derby and fullback Tyler Christensen tried to pick a fight with the officer, according to complaints.
Derby’s blood-alcohol concentration was .207 after his arrest. Records show he carried several Bud Light cups and a martini shaker in his pockets.

Christensen, who reportedly told police he had been drinking at 3rd Base, refused to take a breath test. He later pleaded guilty to public intoxication and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

At the time of the alleged incident, Ferentz was already suspended for part of the 2008 season for PAULA.

The players, all 19 years old, were listed as redshirt freshmen-to-be. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, father of James Ferentz, said last month they were suspended for the remainder of spring practice and expected to spend weekends doing community service.

— by Zhi Xiong

Men’s golf to go to regional

On Monday, the Iowa men’s golf team learned it would headed to Sorrento, Fla., to compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional May 14-16. It marks just the third time in history the Hawkeyes have been selected for regional competition, the first time since 1995.

Entering last weekend, Iowa was ranked 63rd nationally. The Hawkeyes’ sixth-place finish at the Big Ten championships on May 3 helped them climb to the No. 59 spot in Monday’s rankings. Iowa was the second-lowest ranked team from the conference to be selected for regional play, with No. 64 Minnesota set to compete in the Northeast Regional in Galloway, N.J.

The top five teams from each of the six regionals will head to Toledo, Ohio, to compete in the NCAA championships May 26-30. The top five individuals not from those teams will also be invited to the NCAA championships.

The field for the Southeast Regional: (by seed) No. 1 Georgia, No. 14 Indiana, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 17 and host Central Florida, No. 26 Florida State, No. 36 Arizona, No. 33 Augusta State, No. 42 Kentucky, No. 49 Georgia Southern, No. 60 Georgia State, Iowa, No. 72 Charlotte, No. 118 Campbell, and No. 213 Loyola (Md.). Georgia, Central Florida, Charlotte, Campbell, and Loyola (Md.) all earned automatic bids by winning their respective conferences.

— by Jordan Garretson

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