Family member says Lowe could remain at UI


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Though Willie Lowe has been granted a release from his scholarship, he might still choose to remain at the UI, a relative told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday night.

“If I had to guess right now, I’d say Willie goes through the process of seeing if there are other options, and then at the end of the day sticking with the Iowa program,” Troy Fultz, Lowe’s uncle, told the Register.

The Hawkeye senior cornerback — one of 13 players hospitalized earlier this year with rhabdomyolysis following an intense team workout — told ESPN.com’s Joe Schad Tuesday he was still suffering symptoms, including “headaches every few days.” He also said he wasn’t sure if he’ll ever be able to play football again.

Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which muscles break down and release fibers and enzymes into the bloodstream; it can result in fatal kidney damage.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz said March 23 said 12 of the 13 affected players had been medically cleared to participate in spring practice. Linebacker Shane DiBona is recovering from unrelated shoulder surgery.

“Only a few players are back to full speed that I know of,” Lowe told ESPN.com.

“Our interest is for [Lowe] to remain a Hawkeye,” Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said in a statement Wednesday. “However, we’ll support whatever decision he makes.”

Fred Mims, the associate athletics director for student services and compliance, said on Wednesday he wasn’t aware of any other football-transfer requests.

Lowe didn’t return calls and messages left by The Daily Iowan Thursday.

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