Christopher Smith

Iowa LB Dismissed For OWI

Created on Nov. 02, 2013 2:53 PM EST

Iowa linebacker Marcus Collins was dismissed from the team after an arrest for operating while intoxicated early Friday morning.

Iowa City police stopped Collins, who was serving a three-game suspension at the time, at 1:06 a.m., according to the Des Moines Register. The original offense was driving without taillights, but Collins "had watery, bloodshot eyes and was wearing a bar wristband," according to a police report cited by the paper.

Collins failed to put his silver Lexus RX 300 in park when asked to exit the vehicle, and it rolled into the squad car. The 6-foot, 220-pound junior admitted to having "six or seven" drinks and blew a .137 on the breath test in addition to driving with a suspended license.

The linebacker played as a true freshman in 2011 and was a special teams guy almost all of 2012 before seeing some time on defense this year.

Said coach Kirk Ferentz in a statement: "He has now been dismissed from our football program. We will assist Marcus as he pursues other options to continue his career. We wish him the best moving forward."

The last two sentences, whether or not they're true, prove the Hawkeyes have a smart public relations person within the sports information department. Despite Oklahoma State getting heat for turning its back on players like Collins in the scathing Sports Illustrated investigative series, the Iowa football team has no obligation here. Collins obviously has had multiple chances, but as a 21-year-old who suddenly finds his football career threatened, probably could benefit from some guidance.

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