Iowa football player Nico Law has decided to transfer away from the University of Iowa this Wednesday after being arrested for disorderly conduct last weekend.
Law, a senior safety, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. Saturday morning for disorderly conduct. He was released at 9:55 am that morning according to police reports.
This is how it happened according to hawkcentral.com:
“The complaint states that police interviewed witnesses on the scene who said an assailant jumped a male victim, punched him, tackled him and then kicked him while he was on the ground.
The victim identified Law by name as the assailant and witnesses described the assailant as a black male of medium height wearing all white, according to the complaint.
The victim said he was attacked because of a verbal altercation between himself and Law’s female friend, according to the complaint.
A police officer on the scene found Law a block south of Pancheros, according to the complaint.”
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz issued a statement.
“I was disappointed to hear of the incident involving Nico,” said Ferentz in the statement. “We will work with authorities in gathering the facts. Nico will go through the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct process and we will move forward from there.”
Apparently, Law didn’t wait for them to work out what to do with him as he announced on Facebook his intention of leaving.
“My football career is going in a new direction at another university. I want to thank all fans, friends, family, and Iowa football staff for their support over the years,” Law said in his facebook post. “You will truly be missed. Iowa will always be my 2nd home. Hawk for life!!!”
While it wasn’t clear right away if he transferred voluntarily or was kicked off the team, Ferentz cleared that up with his statement yesterday.
“Nico has decided to transfer from the University of Iowa and complete his athletic and academic careers elsewhere,” Ferentz said in a school release. “We wish him the best with his decision.”
The impact that this will have is unclear at this moment as he didn’t really have a set in stone place on the field. He wasn’t a starter on the last depth chart released but there were rumors going around that he was challenging returning starter John Lowdermilk for the starting position after Lowdermilk’s unspectacular season.
There was also speculation that he would be used as a hybrid safety/linebacker in the raider package with his hard hitting ability and his experience in coverage. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker mentioned using Law’s versatility in obvious passing situations.
Law was a 3 or 4 star recruit, depending on what recruiting website you use, out of Maryland. After he committed to Iowa he became one of the best recruiters that Iowa had, recruiting fellow players from Maryland to Iowa. He avoided a redshirt and played special teams as a true freshman.
After seeing his name on the depth chart during his sophomore and junior years, he flirted with major playing time. Yet, when he was on the field, he showed why he wasn’t playing more as his coverage skills were awful. He would time and time again get out of position with play action, being sucked into the run and getting beat deep. He was always lauded as a big hitter and Iowa will be missing that ability in the future.
Best of luck to you Law, wherever you transfer too.