Iowa suspends WR Smith-Marsette after arrest
Iowa suspended wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette for at least one game after his arrest early Sunday morning on an operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge.
Coach Kirk Ferentz said the senior won’t play when Michigan State visits Iowa on Saturday.
“I was disappointed to learn that Ihmir Smith-Marsette made a number of dangerous and potentially harmful decisions early this morning,” Ferentz wrote in a statement. “First and foremost I am thankful no one was hurt. Ihmir will be suspended for Saturday’s game against Michigan State. His availability for future games will be determined as he goes through the University of Iowa Student Athletic Code of Conduct process, which includes counseling and other department protocols.”
KCJJ Radio reported that Smith-Marsette was arrested in Iowa City after police clocked him driving 74 mph in a 30-mph zone. The officer who pulled over Smith-Marsette said he showed multiple signs of intoxication and registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent on a breath test.
“I spoke with Ihmir this morning, and he was apologetic and disappointed in himself,” Ferentz said. “As a coach and parent, I understand the personal pain that comes with making these types of decisions. These situations can be defining moments for all students. It is my responsibility to hold our players accountable and help them learn and succeed.”
Marsette-Smith played Saturday in Iowa’s 21-20 loss to Northwestern. He caught seven passes for a team-leading 84 yards and returned a kickoff for 33 yards.
He was named the Offensive MVP of the 2019 Holiday Bowl, when he scored receiving, rushing and kickoff return touchdowns, becoming the second player in school history to do so.
The Hawkeyes are 0-2 on the season.
–Field Level Media